Promoting Prevention in Paradise

“Your Life, Your Choice” Presentation Set-for April 16, 2015

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
ACC 1st Floor Conference Room, St. Thomas Campus
UVI Great Hall, Albert A. Sheen Campus

Kevin Shird went from making over $20,000 a day selling drugs in Baltimore to becoming a drug prevention activist. He paid his debt to society by being incarcerated for 12 years. In his book, Lessons of Redemption, Kevin speaks about the violence, and how it was overwhelming to him. Here’s what he said about the mistrust. “In the game, you can’t have friends, since your friends are usually the ones who get you. It’s sad but it’s true. And who wants to live like that? Who wants to live their life looking over their shoulder every day?” In the book, he also talked about the 12 years he spent in prison and how that destroyed his real relationships.


About the Project

The prevalence of substance abuse and the high rate of HIV infection in the Virgin Islands among young adults are alarming and creating challenges for the schools, Health Department, the criminal justice system and the community as a whole. The University of the Virgin Islands Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention Program is designed to reduce drug use and prevent HIV infection among college students and young adults in the surrounding community using evidence based prevention and environmental strategies. The program will build capacity through its partnership with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) such as HOPE, Inc. (Helping Others in a Positive Environment), the Virgin Islands Association for Independent Living (VIAIL), and Access to Racial and Cultural Health Institute (ARCH). With the help of community partners the program will address community norms that serve as barriers to reducing and preventing substance abuse.

Project Contact

Project Director: Doris Battiste, Ed.D.

Project Coordinator: Alyssa Ryan, MS, CPS

Project Evaluator: Kimarie Engerman, Ph.D

Assistant Project Evaluator: Shakima Plunkett

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