Prevention Education


“Where Knowledge and Health Connect”

The Prevention Education Department has served the Brooklyn community for over 25 years; providing innovative, cutting edge, fun, educational workshops. The Department Staff is highly trained and experienced. The programs are culturally sensitive and age appropriate, suited perfectly for any audience of any size. The BAC Prevention Education Department can meet health education needs.

The one thing that I like about working at BAC is it enhances my ability to grow!”  – Tanisha Durden, Assistant Director of Prevention & Education

Be Better Brooklyn – Youth Services

The New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) oversees one of the nation’s largest addiction services systems with nearly 1,600 prevention, treatment and recovery programs. OASAS chemical dependence treatment programs assist about 100,000 people a day and approximately 240,000 individuals every year.

LifeSkills Training(LST) – (LST) is a school-based program that aims to prevent alcohol, tobacco, marijuana use and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that program the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors. LST addresses multiple risk and protective factors and teaches personal and social skills that building resilience and help youth navigate development tasks, include the skills necessary to under and resist drug influences.

o   Too Good for Drugs & Violence – (For High Schools) Teens face a whole new set of challenges when they enter their high school years.  A new school and more challenging academic goals coupled with dating and the prospects of graduation, and peer pressure.  Designed to mitigate risk factors and develop protective factors, the interactive lessons provide practical guidance for understanding dating and relationships, violence and conflict resolution, underage drinking, substance abuse, and building healthy friendships.  The program also builds skills for responsible decision-making, effective communication, media literacy, and conflict resolution.

o   Refuse, Remove, Reasons – Helps students build resiliency and make the positive decisions to assure a healthy future — especially when it comes to drugs, alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, heroin and prescription drugs — with compelling evidence-based video and print resources.

o   SPORT – is program integrating substance abuse prevention and fitness promotion. SPORT involves a short, self-administered health behavior screen survey measuring physical activity and sport behaviors and norms, healthy nutrition, sleep, and alcohol use. For more information about any of the above youth programs, please call 347-505-5142

Be Better Brooklyn – Adult Services

Adult services delivers programs in a group setting aimed at changing behavior by educating individuals about risky behaviors and empowering them to choose alternative safer behaviors. Workshops are very interactive with role plays and skill building activities. Programs include group and individual sessions.

o   Parenting Journey is a free educational program for parents/caregivers who wish to improve their ability to nurture. The program is ACS approved for those with an ACS mandate. Topics include nurturing, goal setting, decision making and communication.

o   Making The Connection (MTC) is a 7-session curriculum based intervention for ages 18 and up that teaches techniques and skills to enhance the quality of healthy relationships, communication and shared commitment to safer behaviors.

o   VOICES/VOCES is group-level single session video-based intervention designed to increase condom use among heterosexual African American and Latino men and women. Contact: 347-505-5142

o   Guiding Good Choices is a drug use prevention program for parents of children ages 9-14 that provides parents with the knowledge and skills needed to guide their children through early adolescence. It seeks to strengthen and clarify family expectations for behavior, enhance the conditions that promote bonding within the family, and teach skills that allow children to resist drug use successfully. Contact: 347-505-5142

o   Healthy Relationships is a small-group based intervention designed to reduce HIV risk behaviors among men and women living with HIV/AIDS. Healthy Relationships is a five-session intervention (2 hours each session), it is based on Social Cognitive Theory and focuses on developing skills and building self-efficacy and positive expectations about new behaviors through modeling behaviors and practicing new skills. Contact: 347-505-5152

o   Alternative to Violence (ATV) is a free 12-week program for individuals on parole/ probation or who are involved in ACS cases who wish to learn strategies to lower recidivism and achieve a smooth transition back into society. Bridging Access to Care is committed to providing those clients quality services in a professional manner. In addition to the Alternative to Violence 12-week program, ATV also provides 6 individual sessions with our Mental Health Counselor which coincides with Anger Management. Each participant is required to adhere to 6 individual sessions to complete the program. Our weekly Alternative to Violence/Anger Management curriculum includes, but not limited to: Anger management treatment, HIV/AIDS Education and Awareness, Anger Control Plans, The Aggression Cycle, Cognitive Restructuring, Conflict Resolution and Anger and the Family. Contact: 347-505-5150

The Adult Services Programs are suitable for Parent Body of NYC Schools, Adult Learning Centers, Treatment Programs and Shelters. Contact: Tanisha Durden, Program Manager, 347-505-5142

Brooklyn Men (K)onnect Program

Our LGBTQ health services deliver community outreach, group and individual interventions, counseling, and health education programs in various settings aimed at changing behavior and building positive social connectedness. Brooklyn Men (K)onnect (BMK) is designed to educate and improve the health and well-being of young gay and bisexual men of color and other high-risk men who have sex with men(MSM) in Brooklyn’s diverse communities and beyond. Services include:
  • Community Outreach & Social Activities
  • HIV testing & STI screenings & Counseling for cis-gender men and trans community (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea)
  • Mental Health Services
  • Many Men Many Voices (3MV)Workshop a peer education program that mobilizes young men ages 17-29 to shape a healthy community of themselves, build positive social connectedness and support their friends and peers to have safer sex.
  • Our Drop-in space is open Tuesday – Thursday, 12pm-8pm, which allows for a safe space to gather, socialize, building positive self-image and building healthy relationships with the community.
  • d-up!: Defend Yourself is a community-level intervention designed for and developed by Black men who have sex with men (MSM) to promote social norms or condom use and assist Black MSMs to recognize and handle risk racial and sexual bias.



UPWISE is a three-fold comprehensive prevention, education and supportive care program at Bridging Access to Care designed primarily for Women.

Health Education: A holistic approach to supportive groups, individual counseling, social programs, parenting groups, and direct internal and external linkages to HIV testing, STD testing, primary care, clinical referrals, women’s wellness, care and treatment, prevention methods for women, viral load suppression, and substance use prevention and education to help women increase their knowledge and capabilities. Linkages to PrEP and PEP, safer sex groups, workshops, communication skills for condom negotiations, and creating healthy relationships are offered throughout the year by our trained Health Educators.

Social Support: If you, a friend or family member are facing challenges such as HIV status, housing, immigration, former incarceration, commercial sex work or mental health, our service programs are supported by a trained and professional staff of counselors and case managers to help women achieve their personal goals.

Workforce Development, Empowerment and Training: The UPWISE program at BAC is to encourage and assist women (whether you are homeless, formerly incarcerated, low-income, or an immigrant) in their efforts to succeed in the workplace and in society. We offer comprehensive vocational and referral assistance, training, job placement assistance to ensure successful transition to work and society. BAC offers a computer station lab designed to assist those who are seeking employment, job training, or improve general computer skills.

Black Women and PrEP

For more information about the UPWISE women’s program and
services, please contact Tanisha Durden, Program Manager,
347-505-5142 or