The Hype was originally created to serve as an enhancement to Philadelphia’s implementation of the CDC funded HIV/STD prevention group level intervention SIHLE (Sisters Informing Healing Living and Empowering), a program for African American teenage girls and young women. Through SIHLE we developed a wonderful relationship with the staff and students at Temple University’s Upward Bound Program. The Temple Upward Bound Program prepares area high school students for college admission. These student will be the main, but not the only, participants in our program. We realize that leadership begins with healthy self-esteem and a healthy world view, therefore another important component of our program is the community level activities we will conduct in the neighborhood of Temple University.
We are now adopting the CDC funded community level HIV/STD intervention Community Promise. We are only guaranteed funding through June 30, 2015. Receiving a grant from New Century Trust would help us with our operating costs as we transition from CDC funding to developing funding diversification to ensure sustainability. Our goal with Community Promise is to expand The Hype’s mission of female empowerment, leadership and wellness with bi-monthly think tanks (open forums where high school students discuss sexual behavior, relationship issues, safe sex practices, school concerns, community concerns, career concerns and subject that is important to them), HIV/STD testing events and the distribution of role model stories in Philadelphia zip codes 19121 and 19122. Our leadership and empowerment model includes the following elements:
- Community Promise– Beginning in January 2015, as part of a CDC funded grant, The Hype will conduct bi-monthly think tanks with high school girls and boys to discuss their thoughts on relationships, safe sex practices, community concerns, family issues, politics, self-image, over-all health and wellness, goals, careers, education, finances, current events and social happenings/hazards. We will enlist high school and college students to be peer advocates who hand out role model stories and engage in impromptu discussions about safer sex/ healthy relationship practices.
- Internships– We have opportunities for high school and college students to intern with The Hype TV Show. Internship activities include, developing and producing socially conscious short videos, blogging, sales and marketing and community outreach.
- Studio Audience Participant– We give students and adults the opportunity to voice their opinion on a variety of significant and controversial topics during the taping of The Hype TV Show. High school students earn community service credits for participating in the on camera discussions.