On Thursday, September 30 from 6:30 – 8:30p, HIV educator Arne Grandell will conduct a free informational session about classroom programs available through AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region (ASMR). Grandell serves as ASMR’s Board Chair and has offered his services as an HIV+ speaker and educator throughout the region since 2001, reaching hundreds of youth in grades 5 – 12 and at both Keene State and Franklin Pierce Colleges.

As the world approaches the 30-year landmark of the AIDS pandemic in 2011 without a cure or vaccine in the foreseeable future, it is more important than ever to provide accurate information to youth. According to Grandell, “Half of the 64,000 new HIV infections that occur each year in the United States will be diagnosed in youth ages 14-25. It is critical that we responsibly educate our youth as part of their health curriculum. Three decades of people throughout the world have had their lives redefined with a diagnosis of HIV or AIDS. The only sure way to stem the tide of HIV transmission is through deliberate prevention efforts.”

The session geared toward educators will take place in the Auditorium at the Keene Public Library. Grandell will discuss available age-appropriate curricula, screen the teaching DVD that accompanies classroom presentations, answer questions and provide reference materials. He will be available to meet individually with health teachers, nurses, guidance counselors and principals after the group presentation. Refreshments will be served and reservations are not required.

For more information, please call 603-357-6855. AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region is supported in part by the Monadnock United Way, City of Keene, Broadway Cares and the generosity of individuals throughout the Monadnock Region. or