Todd Fogel

 


Todd Fogel is an award-winning educator in the field of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. After losing a life partner to AIDS, Todd wrote and developed an interactive instructional curriculum, entitled, HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention, Using The AIDS Memorial Quilt as a Learning Tool.

Endorsed by The NAMES Project Foundation, The AIDS Memorial Quilt, Todd's presentation utilizes The AIDS Memorial Quilt as a visual learning tool, in place of the traditional textbook, in order to start the dialogue.

The Quilt offers a unique way to reach people with the message of HIV prevention. “Seeing The Quilt creates a ‘teachable moment’, when young people are receptive to information that can save their lives”.

This open-forum style, learning situation is designed to encourage students to discuss issues and ask questions concerning HIV transmission and AIDS prevention.

This upbeat seminar is more diverse than just HIV/AIDS. It includes discussions on:

- Self-esteem issues
- The ability to say ”No”
- Care and compassion issues
- Talking to parents/friends


Objectives


These are some of the objectives my lectures cover:

- Open discussion regarding peer issues surrounding HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention.
- A call to action to make future educated, healthy choices regarding HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention.
-Break down the barriers of talking about HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention with peers, as well as parents.

My ideal audience is high school and college age youth. My talk is quite different from those who also speak on this topic. I take a unique approach and use the AIDS Memorial Quilt as a visual tool to start the dialogue with my audience.

This interactive instructional curriculum, entitled, “HIV/AIDS Awareness and Prevention, Using the AIDS Memorial Quilt as a Learning Tool”, is approved at the middle and high school levels in Miami-Dade and Broward County Schools in Florida.

This open-forum style, learning situation is designed to encourage students to discuss issues, ask questions concerning HIV transmission and AIDS prevention.

The classroom is set in the round or auditorium style with a portion of the Quilt being unfolded, usually a 12 X 12 foot section. First the students are asked, “How many have never seen the AIDS Memorial Quilt before?” Almost every hand in the place goes up.

Then a detailed description of what they are seeing for the first and what it means, along with a brief history of it’s inception is given. Then staggering statistics concerning HIV and AIDS are recited to the group. The students sit up and take notice. Then loaded questions are asked to illicit responses of thought provocation and future action on the part of the participants.

My seminar with the students, however, is more diverse than just HIV and AIDS. We have a well-rounded discussion on self esteem issues; the ability to say, ”No,”; care and compassion issues; and talking to your parents. I use the AIDS Memorial Quilt as my visual learning tool, in place of the traditional textbook, in order to start the dialogue.

I have presented this message to middle, high school and college students at over 75 schools around the country, reaching more than 30,000 students. The Quilt offers a unique way to reach them with the message of HIV prevention.

When students are able to touch and feel the panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, they can begin to experience the emotions expressed by those who have lost loved ones to AIDS.


 

Testimonials

"You have opened my eyes! Next time I will be cautious when I am placed in a situation that could change my entire life". Jessica 17

"It forces students who heard you lecture on HIV, protection, and responsibility to ponder their own actions and choices they will be forced to make in the future. It is a lesson they will not soon forget." South Florida High School Teacher

"Your heartfelt and touching presentation generated days of discussion among my friends: each student was touched by your personal story and seeing pieces of the Quilt brought HIV/AIDS closer to us and made it not just a disease, but a part of life." Marcus 20

"Emphasizing the use of the word "NO" and "think twice before you trust someone, when it comes to your sexual health and safety" weighed heavy on my mind that it prompted me to talk to my parents for the first time about the HIV/AIDS and other concerns that I had, thank you.
" Sara 16

"Your candor and humor in regards to this delicate subject matter was refreshing as well as entertaining. It was amazing to laugh and learn at the same time; AWESOME JOB!!!
Thomas 19


 

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