ASCNYC helps New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic conditions make lasting, positive changes toward health, housing, recovery, and self-sufficiency. From nationally acclaimed peer training to poetry workshops, medical care to support groups, thousands of people each year get a second chance to take charge of their health and reclaim their lives. ASCNYC has been conducting Peer education and capacity skills training programs for people living with and at risk for HIV since 1992.
ASCNYC has over 90 Peer Educators at any given time, conducting outreach, referrals, escorts to services and medical care, as well as providing group-level educational interventions (e.g., risk reduction, and HIV treatment health education) and structured socialization. In 2014, ASCNYC Peer Educators reached 17,171 community residents through 703 prevention education and outreach initiatives throughout NYC. Testament to ASCNYC’s success delivering peer education, training and support services, over 22% of ASCNYC’s full-time staff are former Peer Educators who have left welfare and rejoined the workforce.