Today marked the culmination of the Peace Corps Skillz program for 16 learners ages 11-13 that began in January. 15 of them were girls and we had 1 boy who stuck with us, even when we talked about sensitive subjects. To say he was a sport is to put it mildly! He should get extra brownie points for dealing with all 15 girls twice a week for a few months!
The PC Skillz program is a program that was developed between Grassroots Soccer and the Peace Corps to teach youth about HIV risks, healthy living and making good choices. We had a graduation ceremony today where the learners performed a 2 Act Drama, sang songs and walked across the stage to get their certificate! It was a joyous occasion! We also played “pick the banana’ with the entire audience which created much laughter! A shout out to Grassroots Soccer for supplying the equipment, the manual and the encouragement to complete this intervention program. If you are interested in learning more about this program go to www.grassrootsoccer.org.
One of the learners ended the program with thanks...here's what she said.
"I would like to thank you all for attending this event. Thanks to Grassroots Soccer and to Mrs. Allison for making it possible for us to gain the relevant information regarding HIV/AIDS. This Peace Corps Skillz program was a huge training for us, the youth. We will share our knowledge with our peers at school and with our households because we strive for a ZERO HIV/AIDS nation world wide. IT STARTS WITH ME!!!"
I don't know if anyone helped her with this, but she got it right! Today was a red letter day for me...just knowing that some of the youth in Aus have learned more and are willing to share the information to help combat HIV. WAY TO GO LEARNERS!!!
"It will be impossible for us to eradicate HIV as long as any corner of the world is cut off from the education and services that we know helps stop the spread of this disease." Alex Newell