School HIV Prevention Assist Project

The School HIV Prevention ASSIST Project engages 8 high schools in professional development and team-building in order to strengthen instruction, interventions and parent-community collaboration for prevention of HIV, sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy among adolescents. The 8 schools are located in East Orange, Elizabeth, Irvington and Jersey City. ASSIST stands for “Action for Schools Sustaining Improved Sexuality Teaching.”

Participating schools:

  • establish a school wellness team;
  • conduct an assessment of school instruction, policy and programs related to HIV, sexually transmitted disease and pregnancy prevention;
  • implement an action plan that includes instructional improvement and family engagement; and
  • participate in professional development and networking meetings.

The schools participating in 2011-12 and 2012-13 are listed below.


School District



East Orange Public Schools

East Orange Campus High School

Irvington Public Schools

Irvington High School


Jersey City Public Schools

Lincoln High School

James J. Ferris High School


Elizabeth Public Schools

T. Jefferson Arts Academy

John Dwyer Technology Academy

Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy

Admiral Halsey Jr. Leadership Academy