Hmong S.T.A.R. is a peer education program for teens from Hmong immigrant families, ages 13-17, who live in the Twin Cities metro area and suburbs. The program is provided by Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, a leader in reproductive healthcare and comprehensive sexuality education.
Hmong S.T.A.R. brings a culturally sensitive and age appropriate approach to teaching about sexuality in a fun and interactive way. Participants are presented with accurate information about adolescent development, healthy sexuality, and decision-making skills.
The program focuses on the prevention of risky behaviors that can lead to teen pregnancy, contracting sexually transmitted infections, and other teen health issues. The program also promotes the importance of personal responsibility for sexual and reproductive health. Participants become peer educators, which are youth that share information they have learned with other youth.
The Spring 2012 program will be held at Southeast Asian Community Council, Inc., 1827 N. 44th Ave, Minneapolis. It is two blocks down from Patrick Henry High School.
The program begins with approximately 5 weeks of training sessions beginning Saturday, Feb 4, through March 4, 2012. There will be a mandatory Orientation on Friday Jan. 27th. Sessions will be held on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
After the training, participants will be required to do peer education contacts by sharing information and resources with peers, family, and community. Participants that successfully complete the training and do the contact will receive a stipend check of $180 maximum.
Permission from a parent or legal guardian is required to participate in the program. Parents or legal guardians must sign required forms after being notified that a child has been accepted into the program. Those accepted attend an orientation with their parents guardians to learn more about the program.
There is limited space in this program, so interested teens must apply by Jan. 20, 2012. The attached application must be filled out completely and sent to Laura Vang, program coordinator or it may be dropped off at SEACC. For more information or questions about the program and application, please contact Laura Vang @ppmns.org or 612-919-1915.
Training sessions will be held at Southeast Asian Community Council, Inc 1827 N. 44th Ave. Minneapolis.
For more information contact Laura Vang at the Southeast Asian Community Council Inc. [email protected] or 612-521-4859.