The Peace Corps has partnered with Grassroot Soccer (GRS) to educate, inspire, and mobilize young people around the world stop the spread of HIV. http://bit.ly/GRSPeaceCorps
Grassroot Soccer is an adolescent health organization that leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize youth in developing countries to overcome their greatest health challenges, live healthier, more productive lives, and be agents for change in their communities.
Grassroot Soccer has created three curricula specifically designed for Peace Corps Volunteers to implement in the low-resource communities in which they live and work. The ‘SKILLZ’ curricula - including Peace Corps SKILLZ, SKILLZ Malaria, and SKILLZ Girl – are a culture, mindset, and series of toolkits for facilitators to use when teaching young people ages 12-19 about HIV/AIDS, malaria, life skills, and gender empowerment. Through a series of fun, sports-based activities and discussions participants gain a tangible understanding of HIV/AIDS and malaria, and get a chance to practice the skills necessary for sustainable behavior change. Key curricular topics include making healthy decisions, avoiding risks, building support networks, reducing stigma and discrimination, increasing knowledge about testing and treatment, addressing gender issues, and assessing values.