NMAC’s Youth Initiative (YI) is sponsored by ViiV Healthcare. The program aims to assist young leaders in the fight to end the HIV epidemic in becoming more effective and informed health advocates; it is our goal to empower them to become more active in their communities. Each year the program selects 30 qualified youths ages 21-25, both living with HIV and HIV negative allies, to build their capacity to partner with a local community agency. This partnership provides education for youth to influence HIV prevention and service delivery in their communities. Youth Scholars will take part in various events through their tenure including webinars and conferences to help further develop their skills and knowledge to prepare them to lead the efforts to end the HIV epidemic in their communities and across the country.
Virtual Training Overview
Youth Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in virtual trainings to prepare them for their World AIDS Day community projects.
Youth Initiative scholars will be given key tools and skills needed to partner with local HIV organizations. This dynamic partnership increases youth visibility and programming directed for young people. Through their community organizations and partnerships, scholars will conduct a mini youth needs assessment on the needs of youth accessing HIV care and prevention services in their community (May – August). Youth scholars will use the results of the needs assessment to design an HIV-related project for World AIDS Day (December 1). Projects will be based on the youth scholars’ interests in HIV care and/or prevention. YI scholars must play a significant leadership role in their World AIDS Day Project (September-December).
Training will include, but not be limited to,
- Stigma and Disclosure
- Health Literacy
- Medical Mistrust
- Biomedical prevention strategies
Key Commitments of Youth Scholars
- Be available for webinars and USCHA Conference
- Be willing to learn to administer youth needs assessment
- Partner with local HIV prevention/care organizations to support youth in your local community
- Write two (2) HIV awareness educational blog/media releases
- Work with NMAC and Partners in coordination of follow up mentoring and coaching support.
- Create World AIDS Day Project
- Be willing to partner and work in teams with other youth and youth leaders