Project Silk is based on a youth development approach that involves young adults in every aspect of program planning. This inclusive approach creates leadership opportunities for those involved. For example, the youth advisory board and peer staff were involved in choosing the project name and painting and decorating the space. They also gave suggestions for the planned Future Selves intervention and provided a framework plan of action that was youth-centered. The Project Silk model may be relevant to other states with mid-size urban areas with limited HIV prevention resources and high local HIV infection rates among hard-to-reach youth populations.

If you would like more information or want to be involved in Project Silk, contact Brian Adams, intervention specialist, at 412-383-2233 or visit

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