SMART University is a treatment, health and prevention program that addresses the physical, psychological and social needs of women living with or affected by HIV in a supportive environment. We have helped thousands of women in New York City since 1998. Examples of lecture topics taught by volunteer instructors from diverse professional fields (health, nutrition, law, etc.) include: Keeping your hormones balanced, HIV treatment updates, optimizing medication with nutrition, and interpersonal relationships. SMART University runs 24-weeks in 3 eight-week cycles.
SMART Body is a favorite program of SMART women, thanks to our unique hands-on approach to cooking and nutrition education. SMART Body is weekly and runs during the same cycles of SMART University.
We’ve also produced our very own digital cookbook! Titled SMART’s Kitchen Table, it’s an invaluable resource for anybody looking to eat healthfully on a budget. Plus, it’s completely free!
As part of our newest initiative, “SMART Food for Life,” we have taken our popular cooking classes out of the kitchen and into our community! We currently have cooking workshops located in off-site community centers. Scheduled to be up and running by late 2015, our Mobile Cooking Classroom will be a “kitchen-on-wheels” with cooking workshops to be held throughout East Harlem and the South Bronx. The vehicle will also be outfitted with emergency response capabilities as a community resource during disasters. The Mobile Cooking Classroom, Participatory Budgeting project, won through a vote by District 8 residents and was approved for funding by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in 2013.
SMART Art is a time for meditation, creativity, and relaxation! SMART women who participate are able to unwind in a supportive group environment as they express themselves through painting, drawing, craft, origami and more. They also go on fields trips to galleries, museums, and “art” districts, like DUMBO; because we know that the best learning doesn’t always happen in a classroom. SMART Art is weekly and runs during the same cycles of SMART University.
With technology fast changing every facet of modern life, it can be tricky to keep up! Luckily, our SMART Computer classes ensure that SMART women stay tech-savvy: whether it’s staying in touch with friends and family, keeping skills current for the workforce, or learning your way around social media, SMART Computer offers a comprehensive educational model for everyday computer usage. SMART computer is held weekly during the same cycles of SMART University.
SMART Youth is a year-round leadership and youth development program that began in 2005 for young adults (aged 13 – 22) of all genders living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. The inclusive group provides a safe space to receive accurate and youth-specific sex education, as well as learning health information and valuable life skills. Since its inception, SMART Youth has become a resource for schools, clinics, and other youth-centric organizations and hosts weekly facilitated discussions about HIV/AIDS education, sexual and reproductive health, LGBTQ rights and health advocacy.