" Young people ages 15 to 24 account for half of all new STDs"
Gyrls In The H.O.O.D (Healthy, Optimistic, Outstanding, Determined) Foundation is a premier nonprofit based in Chicago. Our mission is to improve reproductive health outcomes amongst adolescent females residing in urban areas considered "hood" and to redefine the negative sterotypes placed on gyrls based on their zip code. We believe that adolescents have the right to receive comprehensive, medically accurate, evidence based sexual education without judgment, which we provide through our Degrees B4 Diapers program.
One of the things that we teach in our program is advocating for yourself in the healthcare system. Teens who are sexully active is provided with linkage to a Family Planning Clinic for important screenings and examinations. I transport particpants or provide them with bus cards. Through our partnerships with clinics/prgrams in the city we've identfied over 60 youth with active sexually transmitted infections.
We’ve served hundreds of amazing gyrls, but is currently limited on the amount of girls we can serve due to lack of resources and a dedicated organization vehicle.
In short, we need your help to make an even bigger impact.
Gyrls In The H.O.O.D Foundation is currenly fundraising to purchase a van that will be used as mobile clinic. My professional experience at John Stroger Hospital has shown me the positve effects of connecting with people using mobile testing units. Our proposed H.O.O.D.mobile will amplify our outreach services and allow us to make a bigger impact. Services will include free HIV counseling and testing, STI screenings and assessments, pregnancy testing, linkage-to-care referral services, and distribution of condoms. By targeting hard-to-engage individuals and meeting teen gyrls where they are, Gyrls In The H.O.O.D Foundation will improve access to HIV; identify people who are infected but unaware of their status; connect youth to quality medical care; increase knowledge of risk-reduction strategies and resources; decrease isolation through connection to support services; and improve health outcomes. The H.O.O.Dmobile van will be staffed with a medical provider and peer health educator who will assist us with expanding our reach to more neighborhoods across the city. I'm excited about bringing our services to people who are apprehensive about going inside of a health care center.
Please help us reach our goal of bringing much needed services to the communities that we love.