Prevention Programs

Prevention Programs target populations at increased risk of HIV infection or transmission as well as those affected by stigma by offering specially-designed interventions that provide a supportive, educational environment in which harm reduction & empowerment can be effective.

Some of SAAF’s targeted populations include: youth, men who have sex with men (MSM), lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, people living with HIV/AIDS, women, jail/prison re-entry men, and communities of color.

HIV, sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse, and hepatitis prevention strategies include individual risk-reduction counseling, health education and empowerment workshops, risk-reduction support groups, peer education training, social activities, drop-in lounge, referrals, and distribution of free condoms and safer-sex materials.

Prevention Programs for Adults

Syringe Access Program (SAP)

SAAF’s Syringe Access Program (SAP) provides information, education and referrals on HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections to adults who are current or former drug users.

The exchange is 1 for 1. Participants can always receive at least 10 syringes, even if they don’t have any to exchange. You can exchange up to 100 syringes per visit. When available, we may also offer alcohol wipes, cookers, cottons, tourniquets, waters, bleach, split kits, wound care kits, & hygiene kits.

SAP days, hours, and location are:
Monday & Wednesday 4:00-7:00pm
375 S Euclid Ave

Please arrive by 6:45pm to ensure you get served.  We are closed on major holidays.  

Life Point, run through the Pima County Health Department, also offers syringe access services at two locations.

Monday 12:30-4:00pm
175 W. Irvington

Friday 9:00am-3:00pm
3550 N 1st Ave

For more information, call Life Point at 520-724-3958

Prevention Programs for Youth

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The Youth Empowerment and LGBTQ Leadership (YELL) Program is a substance abuse prevention program, that with the help of the community-based coalition, implements a wide variety of strategies to educate about prescription drug and alcohol misuse among youth between the ages of 13 and 24. While we focus on LGBTQ youth, their heterosexual and cisgender peers are also voices in our youth leadership team and attend life-skills classes across Tucson. The coalition and youth leadership team help to develop public information and social marketing campaigns, by way of Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook. They also develop presentations for parents and trusted adult supports of youth who may be misusing prescription drugs or alcohol.

For more information, please contact:
Tucker Grace, Program Manager, at: tgrace@saaf.org or (520) 547-6115

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YLP is a multi-faceted sexual violence prevention program for youth ages 13-24 offering life skills education addressing dating and sexual violence, capacity building trainings for service providers, and community mobilization of local resources and service organizations to address systemic sexual violence prevention.

Life Skills Education: YLP offers classes for middle-school and high-school aged youth to increase awareness of sexual and dating violence and equip youth with the skills and resources to help themselves or friends prevent sexual and dating violence. Life Skills topics include: preventing dating abuse, overcoming gender stereotypes, healthy relationships, and how to help friends.

Capacity Building: Youth service providers can request capacity building workshops addressing sexual violence prevention with youth participants. Trainings are intended to increase knowledge among professionals and community members of risks and social factors that contribute to abusive dating relationships, its causes, and its consequences and protective factors that support healthy relationships.

Community Mobilization: A Sexual Violence Prevention Coalition, which will include community stakeholders, schools and social service providers, will be developed to increase community awareness of sexual violence and how it can be effectively prevented. Further, efforts to educate community members and businesses about organizations that offer resources providing sexual violence prevention and intervention will be disseminated through this coalition.

For more information, please contact:
Violet Krieger, Youth Life Project Manager, at: vkrieger@saaf.org

ALLY

Project ALLY (Arizona’s Life Links for Youth) is a program focused on reducing the rate of attempted and completed suicides among Arizona’s youth, mainly focusing on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth, 14 to 24 years of age in Pima and surrounding counties. ALLY is a collaborative project between SAAF and Wingspan.  Project ALLY is comprised of two components, Youth Leadership Development and Gatekeeper Training. Youth Leadership Development is taught using the Sources of Strength curriculum and additional activities and exercises. Gatekeeper training is available to any community member 18 and older and is taught using the QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) model of suicide prevention.

For more information, please contact:
Tucker Grace, Program Manager, at: tgrace@saaf.org or (520) 547-6115

Eon

The Eon Youth Center is a youth-driven program that works to strengthen Tucson’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer, questioning, intersexed, and straight-ally youth communities by creating social opportunities, providing information and support on health issues, advocating for youth rights, and challenging society’s perceptions of youth as they face institutionalized oppressions that target the many facets of their identities. Eon provides a safe drop-in space for these youth, ages 13-23, and conducts outreach and education throughout the community.

For more information, please contact:
Eon on Facebook: @EONYouth

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