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For more information about Chicas Con Fuerza, contact:
(714) 480-1925

Nazly Restrepo, ext. 102


"I like that I am able to come here and talk about my problems and someone will listen."
-Valerie, age 13


"I like the police officer who came and showed how to protect ourselves when someone is attacking us and it was fun, too!"
-Brianna, age 12


"Alejandra (Planned Parenthood guest speaker) was really cool & I learned a lot about my body- You know girls stuff!"
-Karen, age 13


"I was just worried about getting pregnant, now after learning about STD's, HIV/AIDS…I'm for sure not going to have sex anytime soon!"
-Alexia, age 12

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Chicas Con Fuerza Promoting Healthy Youth

The Chicas Con Fuerza program of the Orange County Bar Foundation (OCBF) targets at-risk Latinas, ages 11-14, in Santa Ana, CA. Chicas provides a comprehensive prevention model for Latinas who are at-risk for HIV infection, delinquency and other high-risk behaviors, including unprotected sexual activity and substance use. Chicas Con Fuerza is an after school program that consists of life skills, mentoring, health education on HIV/AIDS, women's health including pregnancy, and substance abuse. Most importantly, youth receive life and coping skills to prevent the risks of gang involvement, HIV contraction and substance use.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2014 -
Share Knowledge. Take Action.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 25 percent of the teens and adults diagnosed with HIV in the United States each year are women - and thousands of women and girls do not know they are infected with the disease.

That's why the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health will sponsor the ninth annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Monday, March 10, 2014.

According to O.C. Health Care Agency's HIV/AIDS Surveillance and Monitoring Program 2012 HIV/AIDS Fact Sheet, as of December 31, 2012, there were an estimated 6,876 persons living with HIV disease (PLWHD) in Orange County. Of those persons living with HIV disease, 831 are women living in Orange County and 41.6% are Hispanic.

In our effort to promote Healthy Youth in Santa Ana, the Orange County Bar Foundation hosted a Health & Resource Fair with their collaborative partners in honor of the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Saturday, March 8th. Free Rapid HIV Testing was provided; See our Health Fair video to learn more about Rapid HIV Testing.


Getting involved is easy. Here are 10 ways you can take action:

  1. Get tested and know your status
  2. Educate your peers
  3. Seek care and treatment if you are HIV-positive
  4. Prevent new infections
  5. Host and participate in Meetups across the country
  6. Invite friends, family, and others from where you work, worship, or play to participate in National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
  7. Pledge to help end HIV/AIDS by sending out a pledge infocard
  8. Join the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Thunderclap. By joining the Thunderclap, you and others will share the same message at the same time, spreading our message through Facebook and Twitter.
  9. Update your Facebook profile and your Twitter account with the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Facebook cover photo and Twibbon
  10. Post some of the suggested Tweets or Facebook posts using the #NWGHAAD hashtag

Visit the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day website for more information.

2014 Health Fair

2013 Health Fair

The Story behind the Chicas Con Fuerza logo

girl power

Jazmin participated in our Chicas Con Fuerza (Girl Power) program in 2009. She was 13 years old and a student at Spurgeon Intermediate when she drew this picture. When asked, "Who is the girl fighting?" she replied, "You know … druggies (substance abuse), pregos (teen pregnancy) … all that stuff we talked about in Chicas". If you look close at the audience remarks in the drawing, you can read several remarks that are positive and encouraging. This encompasses what Chicas Con Fuerza is all about … a place where girls feel good about themselves and are surrounded by people who want the best for them. Chicas who stand strong for their values and beliefs … Chicas not letting anyone or anything put them down … Chicas Con Fuerza!!

Jazmin's drawing has now been adopted to be the official logo of Chicas Con Fuerza.