APEL Health Services Center, Inc. “Project YouthLink” Straight Talk Program is a youth empowerment initiative for teens and young adults in Northeast Florida. Project YouthLink targets youth within the urban community of Duval County with relevant programs addressing issues of concern to teenagers. Participants are afforded the opportunity to participate in activities designed to increase effective decision-making skills, hone good judgment, develop leadership skills, increase self-esteem, and build character through community outreach and social networking. Project YouthLink started as an HIV/STD awareness and prevention program of APEL Health Services Center, Inc. dedicated to health education and prevention. Teens can make connections with others like them and participate in activities and events designed to create awareness and prevention messages surrounding sexual health, teen pregnancy and STD/STI prevention. “Project YouthLink” provides health awareness through both community outreach & Internet outreach, designed to reach teens through cyberspace, utilizing Internet services and social networking websites.