LEWISTON — New Beginnings, a local nonprofit focused on serving at-risk youth and families, has announced that they will sponsor eight free, intensive HIV prevention training workshops and two statewide conferences through a contract with the Maine Department of Education.
Over the past 25 years, New Beginnings trained staff from more than 300 schools and agencies across Maine on how to help teens prevent HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.
The program was put on hold in 2013 due to state budget cuts, but the Legislature restored funding for this school year. “We are grateful to our local legislators for recognizing how important it is for teens to learn how to make healthy choices,” said New Beginnings’ Executive Director Robert Rowe.
New Beginnings will work closely with DOE and other partners to provide the evidence-based training to teachers, counselors, youth workers and peer leaders.
“The people we train truly make a difference in the lives of thousands of young people,” said New Beginnings Prevention Educator Jody Pierce Glover, “I’ve heard from many teens that these trained educators are often the only source of accurate, life-saving health information in the youths’ lives. They say ‘You’re teaching us the things that we really need to know’.”
To learn more about the New Beginnings training program, visit newbeginmaine.org/hiv-trainings or contact Jody Pierce Glover at 795-6048.