Thank You for Helping Us Reach Our Goal!
A special thank you to: Bill Resnick for matching every $100+ gift! • The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
Pamela Alterman, Anonymous, Catherine Barankin, Lili Bulhoes, Kathy Cullen, Brenda and Tom Freiberg, Wynne Hayakawa, Lucinda Jenney, Erin Manalo, Marcos and Maria Milla, Elisabeth Nails, Janna Shadduck-Hernandez, Paula Tavrow, Todd and Denise Bonder, Olivia Camenga, Clay Doyle, Karen Friedman, Rafi Hoch and Seth Frohman, Sandra Jacoby Klein, Del Martin, Celeste Miller, Huy Nguyen, Michael Smith, Luis Tentindo, Marcia Argolo, Galia Boneh, Mary Carley, Michael Frank, Rachel Froud, Claire Hoch-Frohman, Claire Lash, Edzna Martinez, David and Ann Millican, Rena Orenstein, Polly Stenberg, Patricia and Ronald Weber, Yvette Baiseri and Russell Kirsch, James Bruce, Tony and Kim Cookson, Jan Frazier, Howie Gordon, Amanda Hoskinson, Tom Keegan and Davidson Lloyd, Norweeta Milburn, Juliana Munroe, Ron and Rosemary Plue, Stephanie Sybert, Elizabeth Zirbel
The Sex Squad began when a group of UCLA students and staff were inspired by South African artist and AIDS activist Pieter-Dirk Uys to harness humor and personal storytelling to try and transform sexual health education for a new generation.
(Above left: Make Art/Stop AIDS, Art & Global Health Center-Africa)
(Above right: UCLA Sex Squad performing at a LAUSD High School)
Led by Sex Squad Founder Bobby Gordon, a group of committed artist activists created funny, educational skits concerning STI and HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment, consent, teen pregnancy and self-love and more. They toured LAUSD high schools to share their spoken word, dance, and theater pieces with relatable, entertaining educational messages.
It worked. And thus, the Sex Squad movement began...
UCLA Sex Squad Today
The UCLA Sex Squad has grown to an annual 3-course series and community engagement program serving tens of thousands of teens in Los Angeles. Sex Squads have been launched in new locations with new voices taking humorous approaches to otherwise taboo topics.
Now, thousands of students in North Carolina, Georgia, Mexico City, and Malawi, Africa are receiving the benefits of the transformational Sex Squad educational process. This spring we aim to launch 7 new High School Sex Squad in Los Angeles! But there are so many more to reach!
Despite our best efforts, the UCLA Sex Squad can’t reach every student in Los Angeles. We know from our research that after watching our show, sexually active students were four times more likely to get tested for HIV, but we just can’t make it to every school.
So we’re making a film.
If we provided a free-of-cost film and digital toolkit for health teachers, community health educators and students, more than 60,000 9th graders in Los Angeles could engage with the Sex Squad’s innovative content.
Using the artistic and educational expertise from the UCLA Art & Global Health Center, we intend to create a NEW UCLA Sex Squad Film! Building off of the sucess of the 2013 Sex Squad film, "Bringing Safe Sexy Back", we will conduct a Spring 2015 course at UCLA where students, educators, professional filmmakers and artists will come together to create a resource that has the potential of exponential reach!
We Need YOU
Fund the UCLA Sex Squad film today!
We will have 30 days to raise $5,000 to support the UCLA Sex Squad’s arts-activist work in our Los Angeles community. Your help can provide this vital resource to the greater Los Angeles community and beyond. Plus, your gift will go twice as far!
Our amazing supporter, Bill Resnick, has made a challenge gift commitment to match every $100+ gift up to $5,000. With your support of Bill's giving challenge, we will reach our full movie budget of $10,000!
Please Give and Share
Please consider a tax-deductible gift to our UCLA Spark camapign. Every gift of any size matters!! Sex Squad is very inclusive!
Also, it would mean the world to us if you'd share our project with friends and family on Twitter and Facebook. We'll be trending with the hashtag #SexSquad.
Thank you so much for your gift and your support of the UCLA Sex Squad!