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NAMES Project New York City Newsletter
Summer/Fall 1996
DC96 Countdown
High School Quilt Program: a Success Story
Incorporation of Chapter and Notice of Annual Meeting

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DC96 Countdown (Summer/Fall 1996)
Information from Judy Perez & Clarissa Crabtree

The Quilt in the Capital three-day display of the entire Quilt (October 11-13, 1996) is almost here! Here is both display and volunteer information you need to know.

DC Events:
Oct. 11-13: 8am-5pm Quilt display open to public
Oct. 11: 7pm "A Night To Remember" dinner @Nat. Bldg. Museum
Oct. 12: 7pm 1996 National AIDS Candlelight March
Oct. 13: 7pm Interfaith Service @Washington Nat. Cathedral

Display Information:
Travel: AMTRAK is offering a 25% discount on travel to DC, unreserved starting at about $110 rdtrp. or Metroliner starting at about $132 rdtrp. (date and time restrictions). You must refer to: "Fares Order No. X679" to get these special rates.

Hotel: The NAMES Project Travel Desk is still taking reservations for accommodations. You can reach them at (800) 926-2631 Mon-Fri 8am-5pm (PST).

Volunteer Registration: Confirmation of shifts will be sent out beginning August 15th. Volunteers who did not returned their registration forms by Sept 16th, please do not send them at this late date. All you need to do is show up at Northeast Volunteer tent located near the Air & Space Museum the day you want to volunteer. For all your questions, please call the NE Volunteer Contact, Shirley McGowan at (717) 274-2101.

DC Panel Check-in: Check-in of new panels will be located near the Capital Building. Hours will be Friday thru Sunday during regular display hours.

Special DC96 Kickoff Party - October 3rd Ruth Messenger, Manhattan Borough President, is hosting a New York Kick-off Party for the Chapter. Mark your calendar for this special evening on Thursday, Oct. 3, 1996 from 6-8pm at Manhattan Boro. Pres. Office, Municipal Bldg. 1 Centre St., 19th Fl.

New York Volunteer Trainings: The Chapter is sponsoring DC96 training sessions that you must attend. We currently have Manhattan, Staten Island and Brooklyn locations scheduled for trainings: MANHATTAN: Wed. Sept. 11th, 6-8pm & Thur. Sept. 19th, 6-8pm at Manhattan Borough President's Off., Municipal Bldg. 1 Centre St., 19th Fl.; BROOKLYN: Tue. Sept. 24th, 6-8pm at Kingsborough Community College, Room U218; and STATEN ISLAND: Mon. Sept. 16th, 7:30pm at SI AIDS Task Force, 25 Hyatt St.

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High School Quilt Program: A Success Story (Summer/Fall 1996)
By Jeff Bosacki & Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D.

Success. After several months of collaboration between the New York City Education Committee and educators, psychologist, and public health experts, the Chapter unveiled and implemented it's High School Quilt Program. The Program includes a newly developed training to prepare volunteers for schools and it has received praise from both teachers and administrators in the twelve schools in which the Program was presented. The Chapter is proud and thankful for the fundraising efforts of the Education Committee who raised double the funds needed to underwrite Program expenses.

The "Power of the Quilt" and its ability to educate about HIV/AIDS is known to many who have worked with the Quilt. The Program includes a unique evaluation component to track this objective. Students are asked to complete pre- and post- questionnaires to allow us to measure whether their perceptions or behaviors about HIV/AIDS changed. We are not surprised that the analysis supports what we knew all along.

The Results Are in. While the "Power of the Quilt" is a construct that is believed to be true, no research evidence has yet substantiated this notion. Our program attempted to do that by asking students their beliefs and attitudes prior to seeing the Quilt and then again after the lesson that exposed them to the Quilt. The data were gathered by asking the students the same set of 11 questions before and after the lesson. Then, these data were statistically analyzed to assess whether the lesson caused students to have more positive views about those affected by the disease, their views on the need for AIDS education, the importance of the Quilt, and the notions about getting involved. On all matters questioned, students tended to show more positive attitudes, indicating, in the short run, that the lesson had a positive impact on students' attitudes. Results were evidenced across both genders and across all schools regardless the location of the school and the type of school it was. (If you are interested in the details of this analysis and the research design feel free to contact us.)

The Experience. Not surprisingly, many of the students we addressed have lost someone to AIDS, in many cases their parents, sibling, aunt or uncle. In the three schools choosing to participate in panelmaking, all twelve of their panels were powerfully beautiful, and expressed the pain these young students have experienced. These panels demonstrate once again, that the face of AIDS has in fact changed. The Quilt has given them a tool with which to help understand their loss.

This Fall. This summer the Program along with teacher and volunteer evaluations was reviewed by the Committee and is ready for the coming 1996/97 school year. We continue to work with NYC's HIV Technical Assistance Program and most recently with the NYC Health Department to collaborate our efforts. Our goal this year for the Program and other Quilt related activities for World AIDS Day, is to triple the number of schools from this last year. We also are proposing to share our findings at national educational research association conferences. If you are available during the days and want to volunteer for the program, please contact Jeff Bosacki at (212) 226-2292.

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Incorporation of Chapter & Notice of Annual Meeting (Summer 1996)
By Stephen Noonan

The New York City Chapter of the NAMES Project Foundation has been incorporated as the NAMES Project of New York City, Inc. as of July, 1996 under Section 402 of the Not-for Profit Corporation Law. Until this time the Chapter has been operating under the not-for-profit designation of T.O.U.C.H., a Brooklyn-based meals program.

The purpose of the incorporation of the Chapter is to better use the AIDS Memorial Quilt to bring about an end to the AIDS epidemic. In order to reach this end the following goals have been established: 1) To provide a creative means for remembrance and healing; 2) To illustrate the enormity of the AIDS epidemic; 3) To increase public awareness of AIDS; 4) To assist with HIV prevention education; and 5) To raise funds for community-based AIDS service organizations.

As we are organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, we will qualify and remain exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Membership will now be offered to all persons interested in helping us achieve our goals and memberships will be available in the following categories:

Associate Member. An individual or household may become an Associate Member with full voting rights, consisting of one vote per person or household, at an annual cost of $35.00 and $45.00 respectively;

Organizational Member. Groups, organizations or businesses may become an Organizational Member with full voting rights, consisting of one vote per organization, at an annual cost of $75.00; and

Supporting Member. All other interested persons shall be known as Supporting Members.

The first Annual Meeting of the Members will be held Monday, September 30, 1996 at 75 Varick St., Suite 1404 at 6 p.m. for the election for the Directors and Officers and a presentation of our vision for the organization.

We hope that you will take the time to become either an Associate or an Organizational Member before September 15 and we will look forward to seeing you on September 30.

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