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Employment Resources Available at Philadelphia FIGHT

Searching for employment can be a daunting task. Philadelphia FIGHT offers several resources that may be useful for job seekers. Be sure to contact the AIDS Library at if you would like additional information about any of the resources spotlighted in this post. Please make sure to call each program directly to check eligibility in order to participate in the services highlighted below.


Here are some titles that we have in the AIDS Library that could be helpful for job seekers.

Job interview preparation:

  • Job Interview Tips for People with Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: How to Put Red Flags Behind You to Win the Job, by Caryl and Ronald L. Krannich
  • Networking and Interviewing for Jobs, by Ronald C. Mendlin

Resume and cover letter tips and examples:

  • Resume, Application and Letter Tips for People with Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: 185 Tips for Landing the Perfect Job, by Ronald L. Krannich
  • Best Resumes and Letters for Ex-Offenders, by Wendy S. Enelow
  • Gallery of Best Resumes: A Collection of Quality Resumes by Professional Resume Writers, by David Noble

Job hunting advice and tips for retaining employment:

  • Job Hunting Tips for People with Not-So-Hot Backgrounds: 101 Smart Steps That Can Change Your Life, by Ronald L. Krannich
  • JIST’s Putting the Bars Behind You Series: Instructor’s Resource Manual, by Ronald C. Mendlin
  • The Job Loss Recovery Guide: A Proven Program for Getting Back to Work — Fast!, by Lynn Joseph
  • The 2004 Philadelphia County Assistance Office Employment and Training Programs, by Philadelphia County Assistance Office

Tips for navigating the workplace:

  • Managing AIDS in the Workplace, by Sam B. Puckett
  • AIDS in the Workplace: Legal Questions and Practical Answers, by William F. Banta
  • AIDS Issues in the Workplace: A Response Model for Human Resource Management, by Dale A. Masi
  • Gay Issues in the Workplace, by Brian McNaught
  • Public Library Services for the Poor: Doing All We Can, by Leslie Edmonds Holt and Glen E. Holt
  • AIDS and the Public Workforce: Local Government Preparedness in Managing the Epidemic, by James D. Slack
  • AIDS in the Workplace: Employee Attitudes and Perceptions and the Impact of Educational Programs, by Vincent Gerard Kownacki
  • Returning to Work: A Helpful Guide, by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania
  • Your Rights in the Workplace, by Barbara Kate Repa

Educational resources for job seekers:

  • McGraw Hill’s GED: The Most Complete and Reliable Study Program for the GED Tests, by Patricia Mulcrone
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Computer Basics, by Joe Kraynak
  • Office 20013 All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies, by Peter Weverka
  • Office 2007 for Dummies, by Wally Wang

DVDs exploring HIV/AIDS and employment:

  • All of Us – Documentary about two women struggling with the social factors that put them at risk for HIV.
  • Philadelphia – Fictional account of an HIV-positive man challenging discrimination (set in Philly!).


Employment Resource Guide

The Society for Employment and Equal Rights of the Institute of Community Justice publishes a resource guide for formerly incarcerated people seeking employment in the Philadelphia area. The resource guide includes:

  • Job searching tips
  • Job training for people with a criminal record
  • Information about staffing agencies and part-time work
  • Companies that have hired formerly convicted people
  • Computer access resources
  • Tips for creating a resume

Download the Employment Resource Guide 2013 [PDF]

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The Institute for Community Justice offers two comprehensive programs that may be useful for job seekers in Philadelphia.

Access to Recovery Life Skills Program

When: Every Thursday, 2-4pm                                                                                        Where: Institute for Community Justice                                                                              21 S. 12th Street, 7th Floor (Between Market and Chestnut)                    Philadelphia, PA 19107

Details: This course consists of 9 classes and some topics covered are setting goals, violence prevention, parenting, and stress management.

For more information contact Akua at (215) 525-0460 ext. 403

 Access to Recovery Career Development Workshops

When: Every Thursday, 11am-1pm                                                                                     Where: Institute for Community Justice                                                                               21 S. 12th StREET, 7th Floor (Between Market and Chestnut)              Philadelphia, PA 19107

Details: Come learn various career development skills including –

  • Resume creation
  • Tips for keeping a job
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Interviewing skills
  • Using a computer for your job search
  • Completing online job applications
  • Overcoming a criminal record and getting employed


Career Development – Job Readiness Classes                                             (ENROLLMENT REQUIRED)

Call 215-985-4448 ext. 279 to enroll in this course. Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday afternoon for 2 hours over an 8 week period Details: Enroll in this class if you would like to learn valuable career development skills including:

  • Writing a great resume and cover letter
  • Interviewing skills
  • Learning how to understand job descriptions
  • Research potential employers

Special Note: You must have some basic computer skills to enter this class. In addition to valuable job and computer skills, students that enroll in the class will also:

  • Leave with both a hard and digital copy of their new resume, cover letter, and thank you letter for future updates and changes
  • 2 SEPTA tokens at the end of each session
  • A certificate of completion at the end of class
  • A graduation party
 (Visit for more information.)

Please be on the lookout for the next installment of our employment series! The next post will feature employment resources available for job seekers in the Philadelphia, PA area.

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HIV/AIDS Education Resources

June is AIDS Education month!  Here are resources, including many freely available curricula and lesson-plans, that you can use to educate about HIV/AIDS in June or any time of the year.

Click here to learn more about Philadelphia FIGHT’s activities for AIDS Education Month 2012!


Here are some titles we have in the library that could help an educator create an HIV/AIDS education class or program, or to supplement such a class or program.

Educational material about HIV/AIDS:

  • 52 ways to create an AIDS-free world, Donald E. Messer.
  • The Complete HIV/AIDS Teaching Kit, Josefina J. Card et al – A multimedia teaching kit with activities, discussion questions, quizzes, PowerPoint slides, and more.
  • HIV Prevention Among Drug Users: A Resource Book for Community Planners & Program Managers, Academy for Educational Development.
  • Our Whole Lives: Sexual Education, Unitarian Universalist Association – Separate instruction books and workbooks for grades K-1, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, and adults.
  • Sexualidad y el VIH/SIDA: Modulos innovadores de enseñanza, Ineke Cunningham et al – HIV/AIDS curriculum materials in Spanish.
  • Talk with Young People About HIV: Information and Guidance to Get You Started, The Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Teaching Adults to Communicate with Youth from a Christian Perspective, and Teaching Adults to Communicate with Youth from a Muslim Perspective, Family Health International – Sections on sexual health, sexually-transmitted infections, and HIV/AIDS.

General information about HIV/AIDS:

  • 101 Questions & Answers About HIV & AIDS, by Joel Gallant.
  • The AIDS Awareness Library series: What Is AIDS, Myths and Facts About AIDS, What You Can Do About AIDS, and Heroes Against AIDS, Anna Forbes.
  • HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction, Alan Whiteside.
  • The Inside Story on AIDS: Experts Answer Your Questions, Seth C. Kalichman.
  • Our Stories Our Songs: African Children Talk About AIDS, Deborah Ellis.
  • My Grandma Has AIDS: Annisha’s Story, Valerie Reeder-Bey & Annisha Wilburn.
  • Teen Life: Frequently Asked Questions About AIDS and HIV, Richard Robinson.

DVDs exploring HIV/AIDs:

  • All of Us – Documentary about two women struggling with the social factors that put them at risk for HIV.
  • And the Band Played On – Historical fiction account of the early days of the AIDS epidemic.
  • 3 Needles – Fictional portraits of people around the world facing the AIDS crisis.
  • Life Support – Based on a true story of an HIV-positive woman (played by Queen Latifah).
  • One + One – Documentary about two couples of mixed HIV status “choosing to love in spite of fear.”
  • Out of Control: AIDS in Black America – ABC Primetime documentary about AIDS among African-Americans.
  • Philadelphia – Fictional account of an HIV-positive man challenging discrimination (set in Philly!).
  • Pandemic: Facing AIDS – Documentary profile of individuals facing the AIDS epidemic around the world.
  • What if You’re 15 and HIV-Positive: Amanda’s Story – Short profile of a young woman living with HIV.


The New York City Department of Education’s HIV/AIDS Curriculum is available in its entirety.  It’s broken down by grade, from K through 12.  That page also includes brochures and letters for parents (available in 11 different languages) of kids who are being educated.

The Washington State Department of Education publishes the KNOW Curriculum, including materials in Spanish.

The Population Council publishes a book of curriculum and activity materials, It’s All One, developed by the International Sexuality and HIV Curriculum Working Group, available to download freely.  It’s also available in Spanish and French.

The Hispanic leadership organization ASPIRA has an extensive HIV Curriculum with facilitator scripts, activities, and other tools.  The entire curriculum is available in Spanish as well.

The British non-profit AVERT has an HIV/AIDS Lessons and Activities webpage, as well as pages for:

The United Church of Christ publishes a Curriculum for Multicultural Christian Education, with particular focus on grade school youth.

Partners in Health publishes an HIV Curriculum, with a strong emphasis on international health, human rights, TB co-infection, and women’s health.

Stanford University’s Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education TeachAIDS Educator Handbook: A Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum.

UNAIDS sponsors a Grassroot Soccer Skillz Curriculum, aimed at teens.  Topics include making healthy decisions, avoiding risks, building support networks, reducing stigma and discrimination, increasing knowledge about testing and treatment, and addressing gender issues.


The Vermont-based Center for Health & Learning has six pages of Curriculum Activities that Support the Use of HIV Positive Speakers.

The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care published an Adaptation of a Curriculum Targeted at Older African-American women.

The UCSF Center for AIDS Prevention Studies has a page of Intervention Curricula, including a program for people living with HIV, a harm reduction program aimed at middle schoolers, a prevention program for men who have sex with men, and an adherence program for HIV+ homeless people.

The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research has a multimedia HIV Vaccine Curriculum that explores the life cycle and structure of HIV, different vaccine types, and related ethical issues.

The CDC’s HIV/AIDS Prevention Research Synthesis Project has a page of “Best-Evidence” Interventions. Folks designing programs can read about them there.  Be aware, though, that many of the materials for these interventions are not available for free.­

The CDC publishes guides for educators and administrators developing HIV/AIDS education programs.  These are not curricula, but advice on creating and evaluating curricula.


AIDS Education is for the pros too!

The AIDS Education & Training Center provides targeted Education Programs for Health Providers treating people living with HIV.  They have slide sets and full curricula on adherence, cultural competence, testing, “prevention with positives,” women, and many more topics.

Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative, in collaboration with the National Institute of Health, UNICEF, and PEPFAR, provides a 376-page HIV Curriculum for the Health Professional.

Family Health International has a training manual for health professionals on Contraception for Clients with HIV.

The International Training & Education Center for Health provides materials to support the development of International HIV Health Programs.


For people who are designing their own program or curriculum, but want supplements, there are materials to draw on all over the web.

For facts about different aspects of HIV/AIDS, we always point to a few different sets of factsheets (short documents that summarize a topic).

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a page of AIDS Info Graphics and an AIDS Awareness Toolkit.

The PBS series Frontline has a documentary called The Age of AIDS that’s available to watch online.  It’s four hours long, but it’s broken up into chapters that could be good for showing to classes or groups.

The TEACH program at FIGHT has a YouTube channel of educational videos on many HIV/AIDS topics.

The United Nations AIDS Multimedia Gallery has a collection of videos (including PSAs), photo slideshows, and audio presentations and interviews, mostly focusing on the epidemic worldwide.  UNAIDS also publishes a current Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic with more charts, slides, graphics, and multimedia materials.

The website Annenberg Learner publishes many HIV/AIDS Animations and Images on its Rediscovering Biology page.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has a Global HIV/AIDS Timeline.

AVERT has a History of AIDS with an extensive list of news and journal articles for each era of the epidemic

For a collection of news articles about HIV/AIDS going back to 1983, see the New York Times AIDS/HIV page.

If any of these sites use terminology that’s unfamiliar, we recommend the National Institute of Health’s searchable HIV/AIDS Glossary. The glossary is also available in Spanish.

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Apps & Mobile Sites about Health

Do you use apps on a smartphone or other mobile device? Did you know that there are thousands of great apps and mobile websites to learn about health, from practical tools like medication schedulers to comprehensive resources like the MedlinePlus Mobile site, from calorie counters to Narcotics Anonymous meeting finders to a game called “Catch the Condom”?

The AIDS Library and the Critical Path Project have created a series of guides to spread the word about how many great apps and mobile sites are available to be used by anyone with a mobile device. Below are six guides, each aimed at a different population:

Use these guides to learn more about apps and mobile sites that can help you learn more about health.

In addition, the Critical Path Project is offering a workshop on this issue, APPlify Your Health. Go to their website to learn more and get signed up.

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Free Tax Help in Philadelphia – 2013

Free Tax Help 2013 – Click here to download the AIDS Library’s printable pathfinder to free tax help in Philadelphia, updated for 2013.


Volunteer Income Tax Program – The IRS runs VITA to give free tax-filing assistance to low- and moderate-income individuals and families. See flier attached to this email for a complete list of sites in Philadelphia


  • These sites are not VITA centers. They are places that host VITA volunteers.  Although some VITA sites for 2013 are walk-in only, call the phone numbers (on the flier) before going to any of these locations.  Availability and hours will vary.
  • People must bring the following to VITA appointments:
    • proof of ID
    • Social Security card for you, your spouse and dependents; if not eligible for a Social Security then, Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents
    • birth dates of all family members
    • all wage and earning statements from employers (W-2, 1099)
    • a copy of last year’s returns if available
    • bank routing numbers and account number for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check
    • total paid for day care provider and the day care provider’s tax identifying number (the provider’s Social Security Number or the provider’s business Employer Identification Number)
    • any other tax information received in the mail

    ***To file taxes electronically on a married filing joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

To find VITA sites beyond Philadelphia, search here, or call the free hotline: 1-800-906-9887.

Honickman Learning Center – A program of Project H.O.M.E.  For more info about free tax-filing or to schedule an appointment, call 215-235-2900.

The Campaign for Working Families – The CWF website includes a chart of who is eligible for their services. Their website includes a map of their 11 Philadelphia tax prep sites.  Anyone hoping to use this service should call the number of the location (listed at that website) to make an appointment.

American Association of Retired Persons – Folks of low-to-middle income who are 60 or older can get free services through AARP, as part of the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program. To locate the nearest site, call 1-888-227-7669, or search for a site online.


The Benefit Bank’s Self-Serve Edition – A free online tax service for anyone who has an Adjusted Gross Income of $60,000 or less, designed to be a self-serve program. – Despite a name that makes it sound like a commercial scam, this is a collaboration of Campaign for Working Families, United Way, and Wal-Mart, to provide free online tax software, as well as additional tax tips.

Paper Tax Forms – all tax forms are available free to download from the IRS’s website.  Here are webpages with:

Order Tax Forms by Phone – You can also call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 to order forms by US mail. Individuals can order up to 10 forms (or other IRS publications).

Disability and Non-English Speakers – The Philadelphia Revenue Department also offers large print bills, Braille bills, audio cassettes and foreign language telephone interpreter services for folks doing taxes.  To request these, call 215-686-6600.


Earned Income Tax Credit – An webpage about EITC, which helps people who work but make low salaries reduce their tax payment or get a refund. Also see EITC and Disability webpage.

Taxpayer Rights – An webpage about rights regarding taxes, including various publications and factsheets.  A few highlights of the page that may be of use to our clients (or us):

Identity Theft – The IRS also offers an Identity Theft Hotline at 1-800-908-4490 for anyone who believes:

  • That their tax records are currently affected by identity theft and that they have not been able to resolve the matter
  • They may be at risk of identity theft due to a lost/stolen purse or wallet, questionable credit card activity or credit report also has a webpage with additional information regarding Identity Theft and Your Tax Records.

Plain Talk Tax Guide – a 13-page guide from the Philadelphia Revenue Department.  This page also has videos that offer tax assistance, though they focus mostly on business taxes.

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Health Videos Online

The AIDS Library has many movies and documentaries in its collection.  In addition, we maintain a list of online videos that we recommend to learn more about HIV/AIDS, activism, medical news, and other topics, from reliable sources including the National Library of Medicine, Planned Parenthood, PBS, and our very own YouTube page.

Click on the links below to get our printer-friendly handouts about these recommended videos.  We update this information regularly, but we do not control any of this content (other than our YouTube page), so we cannot guarantee that it will be available when you try to access it.  If you find broken links, please contact us so we can remove them.

If there is something you don’t see here but would like to, such as a specific video or a broader topic, please contact us about that as well.

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Hepatitis C Information

In the AIDS Library

These materials are available in the AIDS Library.  Come on down when we’re open and check them out!

  • HCV/HIV Coinfection Information, by the American Liver Foundation
  • Hepatitis & Liver Disease: What You Need to Know (Revised Edition), by Melissa Palmer, M.D.
  • Hepatitis C, The First Year: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed (2nd Edition), by Cara Bruce and Lisa Montanarelli
  • The Hepatitis C Handbook, by Matthew Dolan
  • HIV, Hepatitis C, and You: A Guide for Coinfected People, by The Body
  • What You Need to Know About HIV/HCV Coinfection, by the National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project

Info for People Living with Hepatitis C

For the basics, see:

People with further questions can call 877-HELP-4-HEP, a national support line from The Support Partnership (TSP), a collaboration of four national hepatitis C organizations.

For info on HCV treatment

For help paying for treatment, see Project Inform’s list of Patient Assistance Programs.

For specific issues for people living with HCV, see:

For info about HIV/HCV coinfection, see

For HCV info in language other than English, see

  • A enormous amount of info in Spanish, from HCV Advocate
  • Multilingual HIV and Hepatitis C Factsheets, from Multicultural HIV and Hepatitis Service – in Akan, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, Croatian, Greek, French, Indonesian, Italian, Khmer, Korean, Macedonian, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, Shona, Somali, Swahili, Tagalog, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese
  • Foreign Language Publications, also from HCV Advocate, in Bulgarian, Chinese, French, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Spanish, and Somali
  • HCV Info in Urdu, from the Hepatitis Trust in the United Kingdom

For issues around benefits, see A Guide to Hepatitis & Disability, from the Hepatitis C Support Project

For personal stories about HCV, see:

Research, Provider Info, and More

To follow clinical research and other HCV news, see

For statistics, see:

For provider info, see:

For prevention with certain populations, see:

For multimedia, see:

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