HIV/AIDS Educational Video
HIV/AIDS Educational Videos for Public Schools Across the Nation
Redefine Positive: A Grassroots Community Project
In spite of vast changes in our understanding of HIV, many school districts across Washington state, and the nation, continue to use outdated video resources—many compiled in the 1980s and 1990s -- to fulfill state HIV/AIDS educational mandates. Updated, relevant video resources are needed to help school districts and classroom teachers present scientifically accurate information and reduce the devastating social stigma that still surrounds those infected with the disease.
Gifts to this project will go to support the creation of four educational video resources for Washington state 5th, 6th, 8th, and 11th graders, to be disseminated statewide by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Then, the videos will be made available to other states - free of charge.
This grassroots project was started by the mother of an HIV positive student in the Seattle area who previewed the antiquated HIV/AIDS instructional materials in her childrens' school district and demanded change. After working with the school district to find appropriate replacement videos, it became abundantly clear that brand new materials needed to be created. She approached the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation with the idea to create an HIV/AIDS video series that all 295 school districts in Washington state could access free of charge. Both organizations excitedly agreed to collaborate and now the Redefine Positive campaign is poised to gift the videos to any school in the nation that wants them.
There has been a resurgence of new HIV infections in 13-24 year olds in the United States and the disease continues to ravage other parts of the globe.
Through education, we can get to zero new infections and can foster compassion and acceptance for those living with the virus.
Together, we can turn the tide! Will you join the fight?
Our panel of medical and education experts, our video team, and many brave positive individuals who are ready to share their stories are literally standing by. We can only move forward when funding is in place.
Please donate today! Every penny counts. For more information about this transformative project, contact JodieH@sunbreakscommunications.com
This information was submitted and was authorized for publication by Jodie Howerton.