Project AIM: Bringing Evidence-Based Programs into Community-Based Services

  • Leslie F. Clark
  • Mia D. Humphreys


Project Adult Identity Mentoring (AIM) is a positive youth development program targeting HIV risk prevention in middle school students that is currently designated as an Effective Behavioral Intervention by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Project AIM has been piloted among diffuse populations of youth. This chapter discusses the implementation of Project AIM among youth at risk for joining gangs in Los Angeles and examines the appropriateness, acceptability, feasibility and accuracy of Project AIM’s delivery within community services. Specifically, evaluations are provided on the responses of relevant stakeholders, including those of case managers, parents of youth, and the youth themselves. Program staff had the capacity to deliver Project AIM with accuracy, and the responses from the youth were uniformly favorable. Results suggest that Project AIM is an excellent fit to the service setting and program mission of city-initiated gang-prevention and reduction services. A discussion provides an overview of the challenges and successes of integrating sustainable evidence-based prevention programs into existing practices.


Positive Youth Development Agency Staff Intensive Case Management Case Management Service Violence Prevention Program 
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We are indebted to Ms. Audruin Pittman, whose creativity and dedication ensured the success of this project. We also acknowledge the selfless support of Aida Cerda, MPH, the program manager, the clinical supervisors, Irene Lim, LCSW, Maria Solano, LCSW, and Krysia Dankowski, LCSW for their willingness to allow us into their programs and staff meetings. We are profoundly grateful to the following case managers: Jennifer Alfaro, Claudia Flores, Sergio Gonzalez, Sandra Lopez, Ron Portillo for embracing Project AIM within their practice. Finally, we wish acknowledge with great appreciation, the families of youth for their efforts to address their concerns for their children, as well as the youth themselves for sharing their dreams.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Adolescent MedicineUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Adolescent Medicine Children’s HospitalLos AngelesUSA

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