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The Love Heals Speakers Bureau partners with hundreds of schools and community-based organizations each year. Since 2002, THEO, part of the Adolescent Education Program at SUNY Downstate Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, has invited our speakers to be part of their Summer Training Institute (STI). STI graduates provide peer education through workshops, seminars and behavioral change sessions that have reached more than half a million young people to date.
Love Heals speakers have served as panelists for THEO’s special events, tabled at health fairs, and facilitated classroom workshops at THEO’s annual conference. This past summer, Speakers Bureau Program Director Inacent Saunders delivered the keynote address at the STI graduation. Most recently, Love Heals speaker Jahlove Serrano was a guest on the premiere episode of THEO’s new teen talk show. Over the past twelve years, Love Heals has helped to train over 200 peer educators and delivered HIV prevention messages to hundreds of other young people through THEO’s community initiatives.
Fifty-four LEAP for Girls alumnae participated in a series of wellness events dubbed “Selfie Summer.” Double Dutch Aerobics, held in city parks, gave program graduates a (literal) jump start on summer. Later in July, alumnae distributed nearly 500 safer sex kits with resource materials at “A Great Day in Harlem,” part of Harlem Week 2013. In August, volunteers from High Water Women delivered “Make Money Work for You,” a three-hour financial literacy training that provided tips on budgeting, funding college education, and navigating the banking system. Selfie Summer concluded with College 101, a panel discussion featuring five LEAP for Girls alumnae who shared their diverse experiences applying to school and adjusting to college life.