The 2019 Youth Initiative (YI) will convene during the 2019 USCA September 5-8. NMAC’s team, along with our sponsor ViiV Healthcare and our collaborative partner Advocates for Youth, will bring together nationally known youth leaders in the HIV field to Washington, DC to enhance their HIV-related education, advocacy, and community awareness. During the conference, a select group of 30 youth scholars will be lead to through two specific programming tracks: Youth Power and Leadership Development.

During some closed sessions, Youth Initiative scholars will be given key tools and skills to needed to partner with local HIV organizations so they can increase youth visibility and programming directed for young people. Through their community organization partnerships scholars will take be conducting a mini youth needs assessment on the needs of youth accessing HIV care and Prevention services (May – August 2019). Youth will use the results of the needs assessment youth will design HIV-related projects for World AIDS Day 2019 (Dec. 1). Projects will be based on the scholars’ interests in HIV care and/or prevention, but mere participation in an existing civic engagement program will not be sufficient. Rather, YI scholars must play a significant leadership role in the creating and working on these endeavors (September-December).

During the conference, YI scholars will gain skills and information meant to support their projects from dynamic sessions such as:

  • Leadership Development for Youth Champions in today’s HIV Movement
  • Using Widgets for Whatever: Social Media Tells a Story and Reaches Many
  • “I am Victorious” How to Own Your Story
  • Hanging with Paul Kawata: “Envisioning Tomorrow”

Legend-ins & Young-ins – An Intergenerational Dialogue of Leaders.

NMAC’s Youth Initiative believes in community empowerment and engagement. That’s why this year they invite all interested conference attendees to join an in-depth dialogue on leadership. This open-door session is designed to create a shared opportunity for participants to discuss the importance of working in collaboration across the generational space in HIV leadership. The dialogue will look at how the community has shaped programs, policies, and advocacy to meet the needs of people of all ages who are living with HIV. Seasoned and youth advocates will present key concerns and challenges in creating a shared vision to identify meaningful solutions in the HIV epidemic.