John Chittick is a youth HIV/AIDS expert known for his series of Global AIDS Walks to fight the spread of HIV by educating youth. He has worked in over 85 countries providing outreach to young people at the grassroots level. A former lecturer on AIDS at Harvard School of Public Health, he has spoken about adolescent HIV/AIDS nationally and internationally at conferences. He is the executive director and founder of TeenAIDS-PeerCorps, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit youth AIDS advocacy organization with its headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia. His latest initiative is conducting live public HIV testing of youth in the U.S. in order to end the stigma of AIDS among young people. He is known to youth as "Dr. John."
==Education and Early Life==
Chittick was born and raised in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.〔 As a teenager he attended Applewild School (1963) and Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts (1966). He went to Austria as an exchange student before at44ending Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, where he earned his B.A. in History and Government〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://teenaids.org/dartmouth-college/ )〕 In 1980 he obtained a M.S. in V.S. (Masters of Science in Visual Studies) from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Massachusetts,〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://www.media.mit.edu/eventsreg/08gid/08gid-alumni.html )〕 where he also taught an experimental film course.〔(【引用サイトリンク】url=http://teenaids.org/dr-johns-resume/ )〕
Chittick went on to the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, earning his second Master’s, which focused on a model for HIV education and the efficacy of school prevention programs.〔 He then received his doctorate (Ed.D.) from Harvard in Education and Human Psychology in 1994.〔 His 550-page doctoral thesis, titled “Adolescents and AIDS: the Third Wave” predicted a youth pandemic of youth HIV/AIDS, and included interviews with many leading experts in the field at the time.
Prior to starting work in youth HIV/AIDS education, Chittick was active in politics in his hometown of Fitchburg, Massachusetts. In 1969, when the legal voting age was 21, Chittick became the youngest elected official in Massachusetts when he won a seat on the Fitchburg City Council at 21. Two years later he ran for mayor of Fitchburg and came in second out of a field of six candidates. He served as the director of Friendship Village, a community center for disadvantaged children.
Chittick moved to Boise, Idaho where he worked as a Governor's Intern at the Public Utilities Commission. He then spent two years living on remote islands in the South Pacific starting in 1975. While there, he conducted ethnographic research that was later reported to Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology in a publication that included Chittick’s original drawings of cultural artifacts.
In the mid-80s, Chittick started an art publishing company called Paté Poste Adcards in Boston’s Beacon Hill that became one of New England’s largest postcard companies and was known for its work with galleries using the first recycled card stock.〔 He was the publisher of the “Artists Resource Guide to New England: Galleries, Grants, and Services” in 1988. He also was the owner of a contemporary art gallery called a.k.a. Skylight Gallery on historic Charles Street that occasionally featured exhibits of HIV-positive artists. Chittick sold Paté Poste in December 1992 to devote himself full-time to finish his studies at Harvard, receiving his doctorate in June 1994.〔
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