Young people in supporting grassroots resistance globally: HIV Young Leaders Fund grant-making and partnership model.

Host/Sponsor: 
HIV Young Leaders Fund
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Abstract: 
According to UNAIDS there are approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV, from which four million are young people aged 15-24. In addition, 1 in 2 children born with HIV don’t live past the age of 5 and AIDS is the second leading cause of death among adolescents worldwide. Unfortunately new HIV infections among adolescents and young people are not decreasing as quickly as they should. In 2015, an adolescent between the ages of 15 and 19 was newly infected with HIV every two minutes and by today AIDS is now the leading cause of death among adolescents in Africa and the second most common cause of death among adolescents globally In 2013[1]. The HIV Young Leaders Fund (HYLF) recognizes that existing barriers to access quality education, housing, decent employment, comprehensive sexual and reproductive health, as well as the current gender inequalities, are some of the social determinants that make adolescents and young people more vulnerable to HIV infections and hinder global, regional and national efforts to end Aids and mitigate new HIV infections under ambitions strategies carried out by governments and international agencies. Along with this, the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV, Y+, provides a platform to connect young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) to support each other, share experiences, best practices and information, and to advocate for meaningful and engage YPLHIV participation in the global response to HIV. In order to overcome these challenges, both initiatives invest in young people’s leadership by engaging them in different spaces and processes focused to address the needs of their peers. On one side, HYLF’s innovative and community-driven funding model build capacities among grantees and provide them with technical assistance packages to strengthen the impact in their communities; meanwhile, Y+'s mission focuses on integrating YPLHIV into existing broader networks of people living with HIV, organizations and initiatives, by the time it also supports capacity building of YPLHIV. HYLF's funding model is based on participatory grant-making process in which members of young key populations living with or affected by HIV are included in the evaluation or decision-making process. It stands in contrast to traditional grant-making, wherein only the representatives of the funding source (e.g. a charitable foundation's staff or board) make decisions. Through this model HYLF has been able to support 44 youth-led and youth-serving organization since 2010 and in the following regions: West and central Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Southeast Asia and Latin America and The Caribbean.
Panel Track: 
Youth, HIV, Aids, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Sustainable Development Goals, Fundraising, Participatory grant-making
Reading List: 
www.hivyoungleadersfund.org; www.yplusleadership.org; www.aidsdatahub.org/sites/default/files/publication/HYLF-Health-Equity-for-all.pdf; www.unaids.org/en/resources/documents/2017/90-90-90; http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/health/
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker First Name: 
Yahir
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Last Name: 
Zavaleta Rocha
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Affiliation: 
HIV Young Leaders Fund
Chair/First Facilitator/Speaker Biography: 
Yahir is a Mexican activist graduated in business management and involved in the HIV arena since 2008. From 2011 to 2013, he performed as the HIV Programme Director in Espolea, a youth-for-youth organization based in Mexico and in which he fostered national and regional advocacy efforts for young people living with HIV and other young key populations in the national and regional Aids response. Together with a group of young Mexican people, he took part in the consolidation of the Mexican Network of Young People Living with HIV in 2012, while participating in building the Latin American and the Caribbean Network of young people living with HIV too. He has also worked as a consultant for the Public Health Federal Institute in a project focused on MSM health services and sooner assisted the Cultural Project within Mexico’s City Human Rights Commission, thus creating alternative strategies to meaningfully promote a human rights approach in Mexico City. In 2014 Yahir joined HYLF as the Programs Manager and later in 2016 he was appointed as the Executive Director of the Fund, during this time he has been involved in diverse spaces and decision-making processes focused to meet the gaps in the youth and HIV response.
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator First Name: 
Oliver
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Last Name: 
Anene
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Affiliation: 
Male Attitude Network
Speaker 1/Second Facilitator Biography: 
Oliver is a dedicated youth health advocate with work experience around Africa and the United States. In 2006, he founded a community-based LGBT organization to address the gap in health care access in Southern Nigeria. Over the years, his experience and the experiences of other young people heavily burdened by HIV, pushed him to lend a voice to improving health policies around the world. He has built his skills and experience in planning, implementing, and monitoring HIV interventions targeting vulnerable populations. He has served as a member of multiple local, national, and international advocacy coalitions, including the Community Advisory Board for Columbia University MSM PrEP Clinical Study, the Youth Reference Group of the Global Forum on MSM and HIV, the New York City HIV Planning Council, and on the Board of the HIV Young Leader’s Fund. Today, he continues this work passionately to ensure that young people are at the forefront in the response to end AIDS. As the Co-chair representative of The PACT (a global network of youth led and youth serving organizations in the field of HIV and SRHR), he led advocacy efforts, project/program evaluation, networking and capacity building activities with the goal to ensure more meaningful engagement of young people in high-level public health conversations. He has contributed to implementation science research, published articles in peer-reviewed HIV and SRHR journals, and made presentations internationally on relevant and effective HIV interventions. Oliver is pursuing a degree in Human Services.
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator First Name: 
Lorraine
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Last Name: 
Anyango
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Affiliation: 
Y+, The Global Network of Young People Living with HIV
Speaker 2/Third Facilitator Biography: 
Lorraine is a graduate of Lesley University where she studied Communication, Political Science and Creative writing. Over the last 6 years she has worked across a number of domestic and global programs that are improving the lives of, and opportunities for, young people around the world. She is currently the Chair of the Global Network of Young people living with HIV. Through these roles and others, she has supported and advocated for young people living with HIV, to ensure their needs are met and that their voices are included in decision-making processes.
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator First Name: 
Mohammed
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Last Name: 
Barry
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Affiliation: 
Y+, The Global Network of Young People Living with HIV
Speaker 3/Fourth Facilitator Biography: 
Mo Barry studied Leadership at the African Leadership Academy in South Africa, and Global Health Policy at York University in Canada, he worked with the UNAIDS in Myanmar gauging the undertones of health equity in the country's transition process. Prior to that he served as a board member of the West African Treatment Action Group supporting the scaling up of HIV treatment across 15 countries, and as a technical adviser to the University of British Columbia Africa Business Forum - Western Canada's premier Africa-focused business forum. In addition to being a pioneering member of the HIV Young Leaders Fund, he was part of coordinating committees for AIDS2014 and AIDS2016 in Australia and South Africa respectively - hosting the world's largest HIV and human rights conferences which culminated with the Melbourne and Durban Declarations respectively. Named as one of the top 25 most influential and powerful young people in the world by the Huffington Post, his passion for health equity, human rights, and social justice has led him to working with communities across the globe for almost 2 decades in pursuit of health equity for all.
Panel/Workshop Organizer First Name: 
Yahir
Panel/Workshop Organizer Last Name: 
Zavaleta Rocha
Panel/Workshop Organizer Affiliation: 
HIV Young Leaders Fund / Y+
 

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