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!

CPS Will Educate 1,500 Students On HIV/AIDS At World AIDS Day Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, November 29, 2010 Media Contact: Martina Smith Office Phone: (312) 588-3361 Mobile Phone: (708) 250-1702 Email: Msmith@GoldStarC.com After School Matters acting ensemble to perform compelling awareness skit entitled “What Would You Do?” CHICAGO – December 1, 2010 – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to host 1,500 seventh through 12th grade students for […]

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Media Contact: Martina Smith
Office Phone: (312) 588-3361
Mobile Phone: (708) 250-1702
Email: Msmith@GoldStarC.com

After School Matters acting ensemble to perform compelling awareness skit entitled “What Would You Do?”

CHICAGO – December 1, 2010 – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to host 1,500 seventh through 12th grade students for a World AIDS Day 2010 Teen Summit to educate students on the HIV and AIDS epidemic and other sexually transmitted infections (STI) at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago, Ill., on Wednesday, December 1, from 9:55 AM to 12:30 PM.

The CPS teen summit is a platform to educate students on the realities of the HIV and AIDS and other STIs through a series of expert teaching sessions, informative skits and personal testimonials. Speakers and panelists will include: Chicago Department of Public Health STD/HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care Manager Yaa Simpson; Pediatric of Adolescent Medicine Dr. Margo Bell; HIV Advocates David Robertson and Joe Imbert, who also represents the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. In addition, the After School Matters acting ensemble will perform a captivating vignette entitled “What Would You Do?”, following a performance by local entertainer Verbal Kwest. Experts and advocates will come together to use this summit as an open forum to discuss the epidemic with students. The aim of the summit is to arm students with the facts to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS and other STIs.

According to the Chicago Department of Public Health, youth between 13 and 24 years of age represent 22 percent of the newly diagnosed HIV cases in Chicago, as reported in 2008. Ten to 19 year olds accounted for 11,633 of the reported cases for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in Chicago.

In addition to the teen summit, CPS partners with Walgreens and TrueStar Magazine annually to engage students in the HIV/AIDS discussion through the Expressions Against HIV/AIDS Awareness Art & Literacy Contest, which concluded on November 14. The Expressions finalists will be announced prior to the conclusion of the “summit”.

Expressions is an annual initiative focused on motivating teens 13 to 18 to creatively express their views on HIV/AIDS and other STIs. The Expressions Contest runs from September to November each year.

About CPS
Chicago Public Schools serves approximately 410,000 students in more than 670 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.

About Walgreens
Walgreens is the nation’s largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2009 sales of $63.3 billion. The company operates 7,042 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Walgreens provides the most convenient access to consumer goods and services and cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services in America through its retail drugstores, Walgreens Health Services division and Walgreens Health and Wellness division. Walgreens Health Services assists pharmacy patients and prescription drug and medical plans through Walgreens Health Initiatives Inc. (a pharmacy benefit manager), Walgreens Mail Service Inc., Walgreens Home Care Inc., Walgreens Specialty Pharmacy LLC and SeniorMed LLC (a pharmacy provider to long-term care facilities). Walgreens Health and Wellness Division includes: Take Care Health Systems, the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

About TrueStar Magazine
True Star Foundation strives to be a leader in youth programming by exposing teens to a diverse range of learning environments beneficial to their advancement and community. The foundation has three student operated and targeted multimedia programs: True Star magazine, the True Star blog site and True Star Radio show on Power 92, a top rated Crawford Broadcast radio station. Each program is designed to promote literacy and entrepreneurialism; cultivate professional and life skills; reduce youth delinquency rates by providing quality resources, training, and encouragement to inspire youth to recognize their full potential and pursue their dreams.