Last week, the Baltimore Sun reported that Women Accepting Responsibility has received a multi-million dollar grant to help further their cause.
Women Accepting Responsibility, located in West Baltimore, has a mission to "offer women and adolescent females of all sexual orientation whose lives have been shattered by crisis and transition, confidential, nurturing and holistic services in a safe haven." W.A.R. offers many services for women to help them become more aware of sexual health issues, especially HIV/AIDS, and maintain safe and secure homes and lives. Organizations like W.A.R., like Moveable Feast, help to fight HIV/AIDS in Baltimore.
The grant has been awarded for a period of 5 years. It will be used to help well over 1,000 teens in three Northwest Baltimore high schools through after-school programs AND summer programs. The programs will be implementing the tried-and-true BART (Becoming a Responsible Team) curriculum, which was developed and tested by the CDC in Mississippi a few years ago. The BART curriculum was shown to significantly reduce the number of sexually active teens, and among the teens that became sexually active, secured an increase in condom usage.
Congratulations, Women Accepting Responsibility!