THEO Initiatives


THEO is supported by the Adolescent Education Program (AEP) and the Special Treatment and Research’s (STAR). The program is located at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn. AEP/THEO is funded by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the AIDS Institute.


THEO teens are either Peer Leaders in the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) or Youth Health Advocate in the Youth Health Advocate Project (YHAP).


Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)


The staff and Peer Leaders provide pregnancy prevention EBP’s for NYC schools, after-school programs, and prevention outreach to the Central Brooklyn community:

BPBR (Be Proud! Be Responsible!): 6-part intervention to prevent HIV and other STIs among adolescents ages 13 to 18.

MPC (Making Proud Choices!): 8-part curriculum providing adolescents knowledge, confidence, and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).


Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn Association of Teen Educators (BATES)


Annually, THEO Peer Leaders and Youth Health Advocates host an adolescent education conference, in Brooklyn, New York. The Brooklyn Association of Teen Educators (BATES) provides a full day of workshops, seminars and panel discussions on topics relevant to todays’ adolescents. To date over 10,000 adolescents have attend BATES conferences.

Youth Health Advocate Project (YHAP)


YHAP reaches youth at high risk for HIV/STD/HCV and provides prevention education to young men who have sex with men (YWSM), young women who have sex with women (YWSW), homeless youth engaging in sex work, and substance users. THAP promotes sexual health education through EBPs:

BPBR See above description.

Community PROMISE (Peers Reaching Out and Modeling Intervention Strategies): STD/HIV prevention intervention that relies on “Real life” role model stories and peers from the target population.