Comic Books Against HIV/AIDS Prejudice

For many youths, comic books offer an escape from the world, but for one class, comic books became a lesson in reality.

After discussing the prejudice faced by people with AIDS, 5th graders wanted to teach younger students about acceptance and respect. They researched local health organizations, and invited a representative to help them create a comic book character and several story lines to teach young people to be respectful toward people living with HIV and AIDS. The 5th graders bound their stories into one magazine, and made copies to distribute to classrooms and at a community fair.

The arts present an exciting opportunity for youths who want to raise awareness among their peers, allowing young people to deliver prevention messages in a youth-friendly manner while expressing their own creativity.

Adapted from "The Complete Guide to Service-Learning," Copyright © 2004 Cathryn Berger Kaye. All rights reserved. Used with permission of Free Spirit Publishing Inc., Minneapolis, MN. (866) 703-7322.