In Our Own Words: Teens and AIDS
"If you're a teacher, you're a principal, you're a superintendent, this is a video you should get for your schools ... You can save a lot of kids."
"...In Our Own Words: Teens and AIDS is right on target for young people - dramatic enough to hold their attention, realistic enough to be absolutely believable. The medical information is sound and right on target." Dr. Timothy Johnson, Medical Editor, ABC News
"... one of the best and most powerful videos that I have seen in all my years working in HIV/AIDS education! Pedro Zamora's message will definitely get to the heart of Hispanic youth. The video is excellent as a trigger to engage any group of adolescents in a dialogue about HIV/AIDS." Ledia I. Martinez, M.D., M.P.H., Hispanic HIV/AIDS Education, American Red Cross
"In Our Own Words: Teens and AIDS is a powerful video. It can help students realize that other young people like themselves have contracted HIV. An important component in a larger HIV prevention program for adolescents." Doug Kirby, Research Director, ETR Associates
"This video is the best I've seen of the videos that most educators use to help adolescents perceive the very real threat of HIV infection for people their age. It is emotionally very powerful and compelling." Patricia Nichols, Supervisor Comprehensive Programs in Health/Early Childhood, Michigan Department of Education
"In Our Own Words: Teens and AIDS is a remarkable tool to use in prevention education. The stories of five young adults is a poignant testimony to HIV's impact on us all. A clear, sensitive portrayal that dispels myths, misconceptions, acknowledges the fear that teens face, but most importantly engenders a feeling of hope to its observers." Elizabeth R. Woods, MD, MPH, Director, Children's Hospital Boston
Read what teens are saying:
Dear Parent's of Pedro
Dear Veronica's Family
Dear Veronica's Family 2
How people use it:
Integrated into the HIV/AIDS curriculum of more than 20,000 U.S. middle and high schools.
Featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Integrated into the AIDS curriculum co-developed by American Red Cross and Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Integrated into the curricula of Overseas American-sponsored schools in New Zealand, Australia, Bangkok, Budapest, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Japan, Viet Nam, Thailand and Uganda.
Distributed to colleges and universities in four regions of the country with funding from Roche.
Distributed to all State Department of Health and State Department of Education with funding from the Ford Foundation.
Distributed to 1500 HIV/AIDS service organizations nationally with funding from Roche.
Distributed to National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) with funding from AT&T Foundation.
Distributed to national youth organizations with funding from the Marilyn M. Simpson Trust of the Rockefeller Family Trust.
Distributed to national youth organizations by grants from 3M, John Hancock Financial Services, Merrill Corporation, and Liberty Mutual.
Distributed Spanish version to youth organizations and health clinics in Massachusetts with funding from Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Featured in the Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education's HIV curriculum.
Distributed to Maine Department of Education with funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Maine.
Distributed to 23 Washington D.C. Public Schools with funding from CVS Pharmacy.
The International Communications Film and Video Festival-Hugo Award
The International Communications Film and Video Festival-Gold Plaque Talent
The National Educational Media Network-Silver Apple Award
International Council on Health Film Festival-Second Place