This proposal is for seed money to support the development of an innovative knowledge dissemination strategy for research on HIV/AIDS and Aboriginal youth. We are requesting seed funding to:

1) involve Aboriginal youth in a performed ethnography project designed to turn data collected in a study on HIV/AIDS and Aboriginal youth into scripts and discussion questions that can be used for HIV/AIDS education in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities;
2) develop a draft evaluation tool to assess the effectiveness of the scripts as a knowledge dissemination strategy; and
3) pilot the performed ethnography and evaluation tool with a group of Aboriginal youth and non-Aboriginal youth from local community organizations.

This project extends the collaborative work of the Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention (GAAP) Project, University of Toronto and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) to include Native Child and Family Services. The tools developed through this grant will be used as the basis of a larger proposal to support the wider dissemination of the innovative prevention strategy and to assess its effectiveness with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal audiences in Ontario and Quebec sites associated with our GAAP project on Aboriginal youth.

Institutions / Organizations represented:
The University of Toronto, Native Child and Family Services, York University, The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, McGill University

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