Teens against the Spread of AIDS (TASA) is a program for high school students ages 16 - 18 from the Washington, D.C. area. Using theater, poetry and hip hop, TASA members educate their peers, parents and health professionals about important teen health concerns, including HIV, sexuality and violence.
How the Program Works
TASA participants create interactive workshops and performances to teach other teens and the community about HIV and health concerns that teens have to deal with on a daily basis. TASA members commit to the program for one to two years. Members participate in training on health education and twice a month performance workshops.
Unlike theater where actors read from a script, TASA members perform scenarios that ask the audience to help decide, shape, question and examine issues. The workshops often focus on how to handle situations that put youth at risk, and provide facts about teen health issues. After each performance, TASA members provide information about health services for teens at Children's National Hospital, including HIV testing.
Come out, meet new friends while learning how to educate your peers, earn community service credit and develop leadership skills.