The Blackbox: Outreach through Theater
Memphis has recently been flooded with numerous SNS recruitment programs and PrEP Navigators across multiple agencies. Our city's rising rate of new infections among black MSMs made this area an easy target for community based organizations to receive tons of funding and meet their grant requirements. Numerous agencies are focus only on HIV testing numbers and Truvada prescription numbers. The feedback from the community has been that outreach workers only view black MSMs as numbers to fulfill a grant. My program set out to provide outreach that not just provided a service or sexual health education but also, invested in these young men beyond their HIV status. The belief was that if we changed the narrative that these young men were broken and desperately needed help, we'd have better luck in engaging them in risk reduction activities as well as empower them. We wanted to affirm their talents, interests and accomplishments.
Saturday, January 20th, 2018
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