NMAC’s Youth Initiative (YI) is a program 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 18-25, 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.
Youth Scholars will have the opportunity to participate in trainings (in-person) at the United States Conference on HIV/AIDS (USCHA) and post conference professional development webinars. In-person trainings will be conducted at USCHA (travel, lodging and stipend will be covered by YI). Virtual and in-person trainings are to prepare scholars to plan and facilitate their own HIV Community Project and Awareness Day Project.
Youth Initiative scholars will be given key tools, financial assistance and skills needed to partner with local HIV organizations to facilitate projects. Projects will be based on the youth scholars’ interests in HIV care and/or prevention.
Training will include, but not be limited to,
- Stigma and HIV
- Health Literacy & Communication
- Public Health Program Planning
- Biomedical Prevention Strategies
- HIV Epidemiology
- Professional Development Speakers
- Job Readiness/ Resume workshops
Key Commitments of Youth Scholars
- Be available for webinars and USCHA Conference
- Partner with local HIV prevention/care organizations to facilitate projects
- Create HIV Community Project and Awareness Day Project
- Be willing to partner and work in teams with other youth and youth leaders