Safe Teens Acting Responsibly (STAR)

Safe Teens Acting Responsibly, a pregnancy prevention program for adolescents that provides comprehensive sexual health education to hundreds of youth each year. STAR targets young adults between the ages of 14 and 21 years old in Central Brooklyn and Corona, Queens. Through evidence-based, culturally sensitive and medically accurate curriculum, STAR teaches young people about preventing pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV. STAR provides accurate information and communication techniques to parents, caregivers, youth service providers and school staff in order to empower youth to take charge of their sexual health. Using youth as agents for change, STAR mobilizes peer educators to promote safe sex among youth and enhance their knowledge of pregnancy prevention, STDs, and HIV/AIDS.  

In addition to education, STAR provides referrals to youth-friendly reproductive health services and family planning. Collectively, these efforts help young people transition from adolescence to healthy young adulthood while promoting self-esteem, goal setting and healthy relationships.

STAR works with numerous partners throughout the community including public schools like Paul Robeson High School, Boys and Girls High School, and EBC Bushwick High School; faith-based organizations like Christ the Rock and Fellowship Missionary; and community-based organizations like Liberty Partnerships Program, Upward Bound, Elmcor, and Beginning with Children.

For more information on STAR contact:

Vanessa Mejia
Youth Services Program Manager
718.399.0200 ext. 320

STAR’s confidential texting service can also be reached at
(347) 469-2030 and (347) 469-2353.
Spanish and Kreyol speaking staff are on hand to provide translated services and information.


HIV Prevention Services

The Connect is the latest addition to the cadre of programs offered at Diaspora Community Services as we continue to work towards the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic. Our HIV prevention initiative named The Connect includes; outreach, testing and education to prevent new infection. We also link high risk individuals to PrEP providers.

For more information on The Connect contact:

Erick Nunez
Program Manager
718.399.0200 ext. 309