Straight Talk Clubs, each with an average of 35 students, aim to help improve adolescent health by fostering peer-to-peer discussion of HIV, by encouraging youth to share opinions about and experiences with confronting high-risk situations, and by helping them develop behavior-negotiation skills through role-playing activities. Hosted within schools across the country, Straight Talk Clubs discuss issues raised in the newspaper, hear guest speakers, visit health centers and the disabled, and engage in community service projects.
One goal is to increase dialogue between adolescents and teachers, and between adolescents and their parents. Straight Talk has developed a training program to prepare teachers and youth workers who run the Straight Talk Clubs to handle adolescents’ sexuality and reproductive health concerns with sensitivity. The training format is a 2-week class on group management and facilitation that includes peer education and HIV information.