_YELL   Youth Education Life Line

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YELL (Youth Education Life Line) is an affinity group within ACT UP formed in 1989 to work on AIDS issues facing young people,especially AIDS education.

YELL has monitored and raised public awareness about AIDS education in the public schools and advocated a comprehensive, reality-based approach to HIV prevention for young people.

YELL plays a crucial role in advocating and organizing support for the high school condom availability programs and AIDS education curricula to students in public high schools throughout NYC.

Through DIRECT ACTION in letter-writing, demonstrations, and civil disobedience, we expose the increasingly dismal AIDS education at the Board of Education -- such as the "morality oaths," the de-staffing of the High School HIV/AIDS Resource Centers, and the dismantling of the AIDS curriculum by the conservative AIDS Advisory Council.

YELL is a diverse group of students, teachers, and AIDS activists.




see the Zine____

HALF of all new HIV infections occur in youths
younger than 25 years of age.

The New York City Public School system is the largest in the U.S. with over a million and a half students.
The problems with AIDS education in the NYC Public Schools have been growing WORSE for over a decade!

The New York City School System goes through Chancellors like toilet paper.

Joseph Fernandez
Former Miami schools chief. Ousted by hostile Board and the Religious "Right" Wing over the RAINBOW CIRRICULUM.
January 1990 - June 1993

New York City Schools Chancellor, Joseph Fernandez, found out just how emotional the issue can be. He was at the helm when New York City became the first school system in the country to make condoms available to students. The uproar that followed this decision damaged his career, and he was ousted shortly afterwards. For him, the report ["making condoms available does not encourage students who have never had sex to become sexually active. It also found that making condoms available to students at school led to a higher rate of condom use among sexually active students"] is a vindication and, in a comment to the New York Times, he called the findings "a wake up call."

Cardinal O'Connor used the pulpit at St. Patrick's Cathedral to congratulate members of the New York City Board of Education who had voted to ditch Schools Chancellor Joseph Fernandez. ...

____________________ see also: report on the Cardinal Ruining AIDS Prevention in the Schools

see also: history of AIDS Education in the New York Public Schools


> > > ACTION Reports at the Board of Education__
a few (of the many many) actions > > >

check out: YELL Survey of AIDS Education.

Wanted: NYC public high school students to serve as AIDS education monitors.
Help us make sure your school is doing it's job! Fill out a survey once every three months
to let us know what's going on with AIDS education in your school.
To sign up, contact:

Don't Forget to Check-out the Zine

Flyer and Safe-Sex Information:
_____What the Board of Education Doesn't Want You To Know

World AIDS Day

_The Firing of
.Surgeon General
.Joycelyn Elders



Peer Education, Not Fear Education
________________video by DIVA TV

Past Press Releases (just a few of the many...)


Stop the Church 10 Year Anniversary
Press Conference,
December 12, 1999






[ from the The Sixth International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific ]

IV/AIDS and Sex Education Youth-friendly Websites LINKS from UNESCO Bangkok (29.7.03)

Youth-Friendly Websites on HIV/AIDS and Sex Education

The internet has a wealth of resources on HIV/AIDS, of which only a small portion is youth-friendly. The following is a resource list of web sites that were created for young people and which has AIDS-related content.

AIDS Sex and Teens from avert.org
This website provides teens with basic information on HIV/AIDS, including transmission, statistics, and history.
Dr. Drew.Com
An interactive site that encompasses all aspects of teen life, with a specific focus on sex, dating and physical health and well-being.
Go Ask Alice
A question and answer website run by Columbia University's Health and Education Program.
It's Your (Sex) Life
A site that answers questions about contraception, STDs, and how teens can negotiate their sexual lives. This site is sponsored by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

I Wanna Know
This is a teen-oriented site that includes questions and answers on teen sexuality and STDs, along with brochures, "STD 101," and other helpful info.

An online magazine for teens that has frank and open discussions about sex.

Teen Advice Online
By Teens For Teens, " this is a site that deals with a wide array of questions about sexual health issues in today's world. Teens contribute stories about their own experiences.

This section of the Teen AIDS web site is devoted to teens and includes a teen advice column.

Sex Etc.
This website is produced by teens for teens. SEX, etc. talks about love, sex, abstinence, contraception, AIDS, STDs, drugs and drinking, violence and health topics, just to name a few.

An online magazine by Planned Parenthood that provides sexual health and relationship information for teens.

Staying Alive
A website created for young people. It is a partnership between MTV, Youth Net (spearheaded by Family Health International) and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Additional partners include USAID, UNAIDS and The World Bank. Their mission is to "inform young people about the virus, promote safe lifestyle choices, provide information about local rganizations and mobilize youth to overcome the stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS and to fight for an end to the spread of HIV/AIDS."
Youth HIV
A website that is created by and for HIV positive youth and peer educators. It is a project created by Advocates for Youth and offers sexual and mental health information, community support, opportunities for advocacy, resources and referrals, and online peer education.
The AIDS Handbook
This handbook was written by middle school kids for middle school kids and contains information on AIDS prevention, transmission, symptoms and treatment. Also contains links to other web-based resources.

Forwarded to SEA-AIDS by Jan Wijngaarden at UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education Bangkok, Thailand July 29th, 2003. Thank you to Sanam Kittikulsingh for researching.

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