If you want to make a difference and help others while learning about sexual health and keeping yourself safe, then you need to join SMART Youth! You can come to any of our events around the city or come to one of our movie nights or Open Mic events. Check out our schedule to learn what we are doing or e-mail

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

December Schedule 2010

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010: Tabling at John Jay for World AIDS Day

Friday, December 3rd, 2010: Honorary Reception with SMART University

Saturday, December 4th, 2010: Tabling for Mentoring in Medicine

Friday, December 10th, 2010: Workshop for GEMS (Girls Only)

Friday, December 17th, 2010: Open Mic Night, all youth ages 13-22
(At the SMART Office: Food, Music, Talents, PSA Screenings, Mini-Raffle)

*Vacation for two weeks (December 24th and December 31st)*
*Meetings start again Friday, January 7th, 2011*

Thursday, November 11, 2010

November 2010 Schedule

November 5th, 2010: Recap of Halloween

November 12th, 2010: SMART Youth Media Project #1

November 19th, 2010: SMART Youth Media Project #2

*Thanksgiving Vacation November 26th, 2010*

World AIDS Day at John Jay

SMART Youth will be tabling at John Jay for World AIDS Day!
Come stop by and check out our table, and other organizations at the event.

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
John Jay (445 West 59th street)
10 AM - 4 PM

Monday, November 8, 2010

SMART Youth Media Project (#1)

Hello All!

SMART Youth is starting a Media Project on their Youtube account. This Friday (November 12th) from 4:30 to 6:30 we will start writing material such as raps, scripts, monologues (etc.) then start to draft storyboards. We will continue this project until the end of November and release a possible "music video" for our World AIDS Day premiere.

I hope you will join us if you are interested! For further details and information you can email me back, or visit our facebook page (just search SMART Youth), and you can also read our blog and updates on our website (

Monday, November 1, 2010

SMART Youth Halloween Party 2010

The Halloween Party was a success! Not as many people came as I planned but we really enjoyed ourselves! We ha enough food, enough drinks, enough goodie bags, and those who entered the costume contest and dance contest walked away with some pretty cool gift cards!
For everyone who came (and helped) thanks! I hope to see you next year! If you have any suggestions or comments please post them! We would love to know how to improve our event/events for the upcoming years!

I would also like to give a big shout out to SLATE (54 West 21st street), especially the events manager Sam for giving us the space for the party.
And of course our volunteers for set up, clean up, making the food, etc.!
Everyone was necessary and I thank you again for helping to make this event a success!

Until Next Year!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October 2010 Schedule

1. October 8th, 4:30-6:30, SMART's Office
SMART Youth Dance Workshop: we have a youth instructor that will teach us a quick, simple, but engaging routine that will be showcased at the Halloween Party.

2. October 15th, 4:30 (SHARP) - 6:30, SLATE (54 W. 21st street)
Visiting the Halloween Party Location: The youth will be meeting at this location in order to get a view of the space where the halloween party will be help.
Janet Cameron will be leading this event, for more information contact her at: 212-564-3282

3. October 22nd, 4:30-6:30, SMART's Office
Snag Bags: Hopefully by this time we will have all materials in order to make new Youth Snag/Shag bags for the Halloween Party. We will also be getting last minute things in order if necessary.

4. October 29th, 4:30-6:30, SMART's Office
Down to the Wire: Last minute obligations for the Halloween Party, getting ready to bring things over to the club.

*5. October 30th, 12-5 (volunteers), 1-4 (attendees), SLATE
HALLOWEEN PARTY! (must have an invite to be admitted, for youth ages 13-22 ONLY!)


1. Location for the Halloween Party has been found, food has been secured, invites are being sent out. We're on a roll!

2. Summary of the conference will be put up tonight. (The 18th International AIDS Conference 2010 in Vienna, Austria)

3. Tentative schedule for the months of SMART Youth has been set up (will post all details in a new update form)

4. New Palm card has been designed. SMART Youth presents: "I <3 Safe Sex", this design can also be bought on a t-shirt at our cafepress shop. (

5. Janet Cameron has returned to help with the re-structuring of SMART Youth. :)

That's all for now!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Halloween Party 2010

SMART Youth has an annual Halloween Party in order to reach out to other youth, promote SMART Youth, and hopefully gain more youth after the party to help us with the formation of the group and future events.

Here is where you can post any information, contacts, places, etc. that you can contact, or would like someone else to contact in order to help with the formation of the Halloween Party this year.

Just post any information or ideas under the comments section, and it will be read through and noted.

*Remember to be specific with details so two people don't contact one place, one place doesn't get contacted, etc. and it will help with making things run smoother*

Advice: read through the brainstorming session posted previously, and you can also add ideas to that post as well.

Thank You!

Can't Make it to Meetings?

For Facebook:

Can't make it to the SMART Youth meetings this Summer, but still want to help plan for the upcoming Annual Halloween event (and more)?
No problem!

We have now established a system that should help you stay updated, and provide your own ideas on the group page.
Just go to the discussion boards (oh the facebook group) to find "Halloween Party 2010"
This is where you will find updates, brainstorms, and places ready to be contacted.
Post up any information you can provide, any contacts you can connect with, or if you can't contact some place - post it anyway and ask if someone else has the possible capabilities to. :)
I hope this helps!
*Remember to be very specific with your response though so we don't wind up contacting one place twice, or not contacting another place at all.*

Thank you everyone!
Have a GREAT Summer!
Stay Safe :)

Christina Rodriguez

For Blogspot:

There is a new topic post called "Halloween Party 2010"
Read through the intro and brainstorm and post all the same information under the comments part, and that will be helpful as well.

Thank You!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

SMART Youth Youtube Intros

SMART Youth has a youtube page, and finally some Youth intros are up!
Check it out!
If you join us for our meetings, you can make one too! :)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

International AIDS Conference 2010

Note from Christina Rodriguez:

International AIDS Conference XVIII: Vienna, Austria

July 14th, 2010 (evening)
Arrival back home:
July 23rd, 2010 (evening)

I have a camcorder now! I will keep updated with videos, but most of them will be going on the SMART Youth youtube page, since that is why I am truly at the conference! to represent! :D
I will take lots of pictures, and try to get as many little gifts as I can, but... the dollar is not equivalent to the US dollar, and I don't have a money tree ( sadly ;-; )
My cell phone will be OFF! I cannot risk any roaming charges, so if you need to contact me, it's called FACEBOOK :) (or email, or... whatever, or just wait haha)
Yes, I am very excited, slightly nervous, but more excited!
I have to thank UNAIDS, AIDS2031, and Global AIDS Alliance for helping me get the support and funding for this valuable trip!
As well as individuals who have networked with me, and I will see them at the conference :)
But personally, MY GRANDMA is AWESOME! :D!!! she helped with some finances and just unconditional lovvveee :) *love Grandma*
I will be traveling with my mom and brother, sadly Sam couldn't come due to work, but we arrive back on her birthday, so everyone who reads this, don't forget! wish her a wonderful birthday! :D

YAY! On my way!

Halloween (and other events) Brainstorming Session

Halloween Party Ideas:
*Folder Packets


-Boricuan (Brooklyn)
-Domico’s (Brooklyn)
-Enteman’s (factory in Queens)

Donations of Goodies:
-TJ Maxx
-BX Sports
-Staples/Office Max (school supplies?)
-The Body Shop
-Bed, Bath and Beyond
-Filene’s Basement
-Midtown Comics
-Fairway (gift baskets)

Donations of Candy:

Donations of Decorations:
-Halloween store

Other notes:
-connect with bakery
-Target Grant (?)
-Flea market table (art workshops beforehand)
*(Empowerment days series)
Spa day (for girls to hand out necklaces), Women and Girl’s Day (MARCH)
(donations for make over stuff?)
-Talent Show

Saturday, June 19, 2010

SMART Youth Summer Time Change

Attention all SMART Youth Group members,

For the summer we are changing the meeting time from Friday 4 - 6 to Saturday 2 - 4



We may return to our regular time once school starts up again, but we'll see how this goes.

Hope to see you all :)

PS - Just as a reminder, we are going to the beach next week. If the weather is bad there is no SMART Youth

Coney Island: Saturday, 06/26/10


Next week we will not be meeting on Friday. Instead we will be going to the beach on Saturday.

Meeting Details:

Where: Coney Island Beach
Meeting Place: Train Station
Time: 10am (so we have a full day)

Bring towel, bathing suit, a packed lunch, and your own money--as well as anything else you'd typically bring to the beach XD

Please contact me or Christina if you have any further questions--or if you get lost!


SMART Youth will be canceled for the week.

YouTube Introductions

Our YouTube page is kind of sad and we need your help to fix it!

Last Friday we started creating our YouTube Introductions to give the World Wide Web a little taste of who we are and what we do.

Christina and I will be posting a few of the intros up soon. However, if you did not participate and would like to you could contact either one of us and work something out--or post your own YouTube Video on your page and we'll favorite it on ours :)

Here are the questions that we answered:

Name: (or nickname)
Age: (If you wish)
Where you hail from/represent: (school, city, state, country...whatever you want)
What does SMART Youth mean to you?
Why do you come to SMART Youth?
Why do you think others should come to SMART Youth?

And then any closing remarks you might have.

Be creative!

Storytelling Project

Hey everyone, thought I'd be productive and update this.

Anyway, here are the details of the current project we are working on.

Storytelling Project

Write a short story taken from your life where you learned an important lesson. This lesson should be something that you believe other people could benefit from.

You can post your story for review on the facebook discussion board or reply to this post.

When we've collected a whole bunch of stories we're going to compile them into a book :)

Feel free to write more than one if you wish.

E-mail me if you have any questions.

Saturday, January 23, 2010


Hey Everyone!

SMART Youth now has it's own YouTube Page!

Check it out:

PS: If you have any interest in co-maintaining this account, let me know!


Let's Make Some VIDEOS!

World AIDS Conference XVIII

The World AIDS Conference this year is in Vienna, Austria!
I have applied SMART Youth for an exhibition booth, and an international scholarship!
If we get approved, we can hopefully register, and then represent at this great International Networking Event!
We should still look into other funds and scholarships, for the event, as well as for SMART Youth in General.


PS: There would only be a few representatives. Funding is Key.

To read more information check out this link:


SMART Youth has a new Twitter Account!

If you don't get on Facebook enough to check out upcoming events or updates, follower our Twitter!

Thursday, January 21, 2010


Hey Everyone!

The SMART Youth Cafepress site is up and ready to go!
The designs are kind of simple, and regular right now, but once we have time to create new designs, and start some new fund-raising, we can keep up with the shop better!

Go check it out!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

UPDATE on 2010 Outreach Project

UPDATE: (January 15th)

We will be making bags on January 29th.
Then distributing the bags on February 5th, Starting at the SMART Office then walking around the area to pass out our bags to our target Youth audience.

Stay updated!
Hope to see you there!

UPDATE: (January 14th)

By the looks of things our budget will only be $300.
So the main products we will focus on will be:
*Buttons (or if we can get the customized Keychains with the condom inside to have a fact in the front and SMART Youth info)
*SMART Youth Palm Card
*Lollipops (for attraction)
*Condoms (of course)

It won't be as bulky as we'd like but I think this will be simple and get the info out, as well as our name.

We also need to plan a date to do this project ASAP.
Possibly the week before Valentine's.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Internship Opportunities of 2010

I will post whatever information I receive up here about career or internship opportunities.

1. Four-Month Career Exploration and Job Readiness PAID Internship at Old Navy and Gap for 40 young people (ages 16-21) who are in High School, have a GED or are in College.
The program begins in February 2010 and includes a full year of follow up services at the end of the internship period.
Internship selection will be based on evaluation of performance, time, attendance, and interviews.
Weekly sessions include: Career and Life Skills Workshops, Gap Supplement Support Services as needed, including Academic Support/College Prep, Legal, Counseling, and Adolescent Health Clinic.

To get involved contact:
Monique De La Oz (
212-941-9090 (ext. 3263)

Happy New Year and Outreach Project 2010

Hey everyone!
Here are the notes from the brainstorm and such that we had Friday (January 8th, 2010)

We will be handing out around 200 outreach bags to the public in order to promote SMART Youth and increase our numbers.

Ideas for the bags consist of: (SMART Bags)
-The bags will most likely be the mini ziploc bags used for the snag bags, other ideas welcome
-Condoms (SMART is already supplied with plenty, this does not affect our budget)
-SMART Youth stickers on the outside corners of the bags
-Beaded bracelets: red and white beads and 2 rolls of elastic string, made by the youth.
(depending on budget and time to make these)
-Flat jelly bracelets customized to say SMART YOUTH
(if this is more cost effective it may replace the beaded bracelets)
-Buttons with SMART Facts (facts and statistics on STD's and HIV, based on youth): for around 200 of these it costs $110
-Red lollipops
-SMART Youth Business Card (?), we do not have an official contact so we are unsure about creating a card, and have to wait for budget.

-Pens (customized?)

Add any other ideas or prices you have found.
I will keep this board updated from every meeting until the project is complete.