Building Stronger Communities - One Project at a Time
Community Education Group (CEG) seeks to stop the spread of HIV and eliminate health disparities in neighborhoods by training community health workers, educating and testing the hard to reach and sharing our expertise with other organizations through national networks and local capacity building efforts.
Founded in 1993 as the National Women and HIV/AIDS Project (NWAP), the focus of this organization has always been on the Black community, particularly the risks and challenges faced by Black women. NWAP’s immediate goal was eliminating the myth that the virus only affected homosexual white males. Broadcasting the message that everyone was at risk, the new nonprofit conducted face to face outreach and distributed culture conscious pamphlets and posters to other organizations and the public, nationwide. In 1999, NWAP became Community Education Group, as founder A. Toni Young sought to expand the organization’s efforts to better address the challenges facing her South East DC community. At this time, in addition to reaching out to heterosexual men and the recently incarcerated, CEG began to focus on creating strong, innovative programming and training fellow nonprofits. The HIV/AIDS epidemic could not be stopped by only talking to women, or only talking about HIV – and with this in mind CEG became the organization most capable of testing the DC neighborhoods hardest hit by the HIV epidemic , best able to develop and spread health messaging in our Black community and a leader of collaborative and capacity building efforts.
CEG’s 25 outreach staff work throughout the community, operating eight mobile testing units in Wards 7 and 8 in the District of Columbia, talking to people about the myths and facts of HIV/AIDS, conducting HIV counseling, testing and referral and linking clients to care if they test preliminary positive. Throughout the city CEG provides condoms at over 170 local minority owned businesses and distributes a variety of in-house educational materials at testing sites and community events. These same flyers are distributed nationwide and showcased at conferences across the country. And in our community programming, we train new health workers and reach out to those at risk. In these roles, we assess and treat the damage HIV has caused and seek to stem the tide of new infections. For more information about all the work we do, please check out our Programs page.