HARM REDUCTION & PREVENTION: Partnering with Youth to Reduce Risks of HIV/AIDS (HRAP) Training

Date(s) - 03/07/2023 - 03/08/2023
3:30 PM - 7:00 PM



Training Details

HARM REDUCTION & PREVENTION: Partnering with Youth to Reduce Risk of HIV/AIDS (HRAP) 

Held in-person March 7th & 8th, 2023 from 3:30PM to 7:00PM

Applications Open February 7th – March 3rd, 2023 

THIS TRAINING IS FOR FOLKS AGES 14 to 21 ONLY. There will be another option for those who are over 21 offered at a later date.

The HRAP Training is designed to help youth acquire the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to effectively address a variety of challenging issues that may arise when identifying and facing risks associated with HIV/AIDS. New Beginnings, Inc., with support from the Maine Department of Education, is pleased to offer this training opportunity to youth from across the state of Maine.

Assessing and reducing risks is challenging work. Someone might not feel comfortable talking honestly about sensitive issues such as substance use, harm reduction, and a wide range of sexual beliefs and behaviors. Prevention strategies are more important than ever as Maine continues to see young people face unplanned pregnancies, substance use, and new STIs, including HIV infection. This training focuses on sharing knowledge to promote Positive Youth Development, and emphasizing building on the strengths and resiliency that all young people possess. This introductory training is for all youth, regardless of current knowledge about HIV/AIDS. A participation stipend of $75 in the form of a Visa gift card is available to youth who complete the full training series.

Training objectives include:

  • A basic understanding of HIV transmission and testing practices
  • A basic understanding of the theory and process of behavior change
  • Harm reduction strategies related to substance use
  • Skills for helping assess youth risks for HIV, STI’s, and pregnancy
  • Addressing the unique needs of often-marginalized groups, including BIPOC and gender and sexuality minorities

Do you know a young person who may be interested in learning the skills associated with participating in this training? Email Jessa Wyman, HIV Prevention Training Specialist jwyman@newbeginmaine.org for more info!

This training series is in-person; participation will require individuals to be able to attend both days, in-person.

Certificates of Attendance will be provided upon completion of the entire training series.

New Beginnings, Inc., with support from the Maine Department of Education, is pleased to offer this training opportunity to youth across the state of Maine, but register soon because space is limited!

***Please do not apply unless you can attend the entirety of the training series.***

Training Application

Applications are closed for this event.

For more information contact:
Kelly Colbath

Kelly Colbath

Prevention & Training Coordinator

PLEASE NOTE: Application priority will be given to youth workers and staff from youth/social service agencies, residential programs, and alternative schools who work with teens and young adults at high risk for negative health outcomes or homelessness/out of home placements. Adults/educators who do not currently work directly with these youth (e.g. primarily work with younger adolescents, children, lower-risk populations, or in program administration) may submit an application request but will likely be placed on the waiting list until after the application deadline, and contacted as space allows.