POWER: Program Opportunities for Women to Educate and Rejuvenate (Services for Females)
Sometimes as females, we need an experienced woman or peer to talk to about our relationships, our challenges in communicating with our sex partners about safe sex, and/or our struggles with making healthy decisions. It is Project ARK’s belief that women and girls should have opportunities to receive confidential one-on-one time with a trained female counselor/peer, or come together in a small group of females led by a trained facilitator, to receive education, build skills, talk about struggles and challenges related to their sexual relationships, and receive support. Therefore, Project ARK has a prevention project—POWER—(Program Opportunities for Women to Educate and Rejuvenate)—that specifically targets the unique needs of women and girls.
POWER Services include:
VOICES (Video Opportunities for Innovative Condom Education & Safer Sex)
Using vignettes, we give women the knowledge and skills related to proper condom use. Participants will learn basic condom facts and also have the opportunity to practice proper condom use on a medical model.
RAPP (Real AIDS Prevention Project)
Through community outreach, education, and condom distribution, we provide women an opportunity to stay safe and make smart, health decisions. Additionally we partner with community members to host a house gathering where female family members and/or freinds engage in a 2-3 hour fun-filled, energetic and interactive disccusion led by a trained female facilitator.
Groups Specifically for Women Living with HIV/AIDS
POWER also addresses the needs of women living with HIV/AIDS through structured programs to aid women in the process of living healthy lives with HIV.
POWER programming includes:
LIFE (Learning Immune Function Enhancement)
Maintaining a healthy life with HIV/AIDS is more than going to the doctor and taking your meds. While medical care is VITAL to fighting the disease, there are many other things you can do to assist your doctor in fighting the disease as well. In 12 weekly safe, confidential sessions, young/adult women living with HIV/AIDS come together over the course of 3 months to learn strategies and gain support in areas that will help them fight the damage HIV/AIDS can do to the body.
Session topics include:
- Depression, grief and loss
- Developing healthy coping skills
- The importance of identifying a life purpose and setting goals
- Communication Skills
- Body Care (exercise, nutrition, sleep, water, breathing, toxins, germs)
WILLOW (Women Involved in Life Learning)
This is a small group of no more than 10 women who are living with HIV/AIDS. Women participate in 4 sessions that emphasize the following:
- Having pride in being a woman
- The importance of a support system
- Teaching coping strategies
- Increasing knowledge about transmitting HIV/AIDS and STDs and re-infection
- Teaching communication skills for negotiating safe sex
- Condom use
- Healthy and unhealthy relationships
- Defining types of abusive relationships and their effect on a woman's ability to negotiate safer sex practices.
To learn more about the POWER activities, including dates and locations contact us