Here Are The Facts, Have Our Backs: Educational Event Success!

long shot of YHPA event

Georgia Equality’s  Youth HIV Policy Advisors’ Program

In response to high and increasing HIV rates among youth in Atlanta, Georgia Equality launched the Youth HIV Policy Advisors Program in April of 2015. This program matches selected elected officials with youth advocates who will serve as their Special Advisors on Youth HIV. Youth works one-on-one with policymakers to address policy barriers to HIV prevention.

On October 14, the participants held their first youth-led successful educational event luncheon with local elected officials and community leaders, Here Are The Facts, Have Our Backs.  The YHPA participants were able to tell their stories of the realities of living with HIV in Atlanta and educate their elected officials on needs and recommendations moving forward

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The Youth HIV Policy Advisors Program offers an extensive training series to youth advocates throughout the summer and involves three educational sessions with elected officials and community leaders October-December. It concludes on World AIDS Day- December 1st- with the second annual World AIDS Day- Atlanta Policy & Action Luncheon where youth will announce their 2016 Youth HIV Prevention & Care Policy Agenda. Save the Date – December 1st for another amazing event!