World AIDS Day Expressions Against HIV/AIDS Youth Summit Was a Success

On December 1, 2010, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) hosted 1,500 7th through 12th grade students for the World AIDS Day “Expressions Against HIV/AIDS” Youth Summit to educate students on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) at the UIC Forum. The event was a partnership between CPS, Walgreens and TrueStar Magazine. The event […]

On December 1, 2010, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) hosted 1,500 7th through 12th grade students for the World AIDS Day “Expressions Against HIV/AIDS” Youth Summit to educate students on the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) at the UIC Forum. The event was a partnership between CPS, Walgreens and TrueStar Magazine. The event had performers who not only entertained, but educated students on HIV/AIDS statistics and living with the disease.

Sister Yaa Simpson, Epidemiologist with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) gave compelling HIV/AIDS statistics for Chicago, so the students could see the local impact of the disease. Those she shared included:

  • There are 26,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago
  • The ethnic breakdown of those infected is: 53% Black, 27% White, 17% Hispanic
  • Among youth (13-24) in Chicago, there are 3,240 living w/ HIV. 78% are male. And 45% of those are men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • There were 49,000 cases of STIs among youths in Chicago. The top 5 neighborhoods affected are: Austin, Lakeview, Uptown, South Shore, Edgewater

It was really a great start to an event that included performers such as Verbal Kwest rap group, the After School Matters acting ensemble, and motivational speaker and HIV/AIDS activist David Robertson.

In addition to that, the finalists and winners of Walgreens’ 5th Annual Expressions Against HIV/AIDS Art and Essay Contest were announced.

Expressions Against HIV/AIDS Finalists

Wayman Smith (L), Walgreens Store Manager and Community Leader joins Rafael Malpica, Walgreens’ Manager, Community Affairs (far right) as they award 13 talented Chicago Public School students in the Expressions Against HIV/AIDS Art & Essay Challenge in recognition of World AIDS Day.

Congrats to the winners! They were:

Essay category: Shaquille Roberts, Junior (Hyde Park High School)
Poetry/Rap Category: Chanel Strain, Senior (Innovations High School)
Art Category: Hector Banuelos, Senior (Foreman High School)
Music Video Category: Idris Pedro, Brittany Hardaway, Hannah Neely, Chara Agnew, Kira Boeman (Dunbar High School)

Many thanks to Chicago Public Schools, Walgreens, and TrueStar Magazine for this great event! For more pictures from the event, please view the slideshow below!