Project Silk

Project Silk is committed to member driven structures and offers unique pathways to service delivery on site at our youth drop in center. Project Silk provides STI/HIV testing on-site to increase knowledge of undiagnosed infections; implements behavioral interventions related to positive adult identity development and sexual health education; skills-based programming for youth to actualize their goals; and provides linkage to medical care and ancillary services to promote overall wellness within HIV positive as well as high risk negative communities.

How You Can Help: Project Silk creates skill-building and recreational activities and provides food, clothing, and transportation assistance for our youth members, but we need help with both getting the tangible items to our youth and covering the costs of those community activities. Please consider donating today to help support our youth!

Our Goals: 
Project SILK provides a safe, healthy, supportive community environment for LGBT youth of color to grow, celebrate, and express themselves. With service providers and community partners, we advocate for our youth to determine the meaning and direction for their own lives.
Who We Serve: 
Project Silk is an HIV prevention and care initiative targeted toward black and latino young men who have sex with men (YMSM) and young transgender people (YTG) 13-29 years old, and their varied sexual partners, in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Impact: 
At our interim report for 2014, Project Silk reached 299 unduplicated members through our drop-in center and provided direct social services to 92% of those who identified needs.
History: 
The Pennsylvania Prevention Project at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health began implementation and evaluation of Project Silk as a CDC funded demonstration project in 2012. CHS has been a partner providing service coordination and psycho educational support since its inception. In 2015, CHS acquired Project Silk from an operational standpoint as part of its intended transition to a community based organization.
Who We Partner With: 
Macedonia FACE, Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Persad Center, Pittsburgh AIDS Center for Treatment, Positive Health Clinic, Southwest PA Regional HIV Collaborative, Allegheny County Department of Human Services LGBTQ Community of Practice, Garden of Peace Project, and Dreams of Hope.
How to Apply: 
Project Silk drop in hours are Tuesday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. We are located downtown on the 8th Floor of 810 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
For More Information Please Contact: 

Jess Netto
Director of Youth Programs
412.532.2123