Project Y-Chat Now Education| Prevention | Awareness


About Us

About Us

Calling all high school and college students! Interested in getting involved in an awesome extracurricular activity this fall? Consider joining UMSL’s Project Y-ChatNow!

Project Y-ChatNow is a new FREE substance use, HIV/AIDS, and hepatitis prevention program for minority youth and young adults ages 13 – 24 in St. Louis City and County.  The program combines education and awareness workshops with social marketing campaigns to promote the spread of positive prevention messages in handsminority communities.



Project Y-ChatNow participants engage in fun-filled educational prevention workshops utilizing evidence based curricula during the first half of the program. During the second portion, the youth and young adults team up to create unique social marketing campaigns (e.g., flyer, poster, PSA, social media content, video) based on what they learn in order to help share facts, dispel myths, and bring about community awareness throughout St. Louis neighborhoods.


SESSION DATES (For ages 13-18!)
(Participants must attend all sessions)

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 3 – May 15
  • 5:30pm – 8:30pm each day


TONS of Program Perks!

  • Community service hours for all time spent in the program 
  • Daily snacks
  • Prizes and giveaways
  • Project Y-ChatNow t-shirt
  • Counseling services and STD testing available
  • Social marketing experience 
  • Mentoring opportunities


Project Y-ChatNow is sponsored by the Missouri Institute of Mental Health (MIMH) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis through funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.

Project Y-ChatNow is replicated from two MIMH SAMHSA-funded programs—Girls Holla Back! and FACE-UP (Families and Communities Empowered-Understanding Prevention).








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