Putting adolescents at the heart of the solution
SPARK is about founding a powerful educational and awareness movement against HIV, one which puts young people at its heart and has the power to grow organically. It is about recognising the spirit of the ambassadors within the programme, inspiring them to embrace their own potential and spread the flame of guidance and education amongst their peers. This isn’t just an experience, it is the creation of a collaborative global platform that feels relevant to young people, because through supported peer-to-peer learning we can ensure greater relevancy and understanding of the content, and unite a generation in the fight against HIV.
To reach young people, through young people, we commissioned a group of global ambassadors currently working with young people living with HIV and set out to create an inaugural meeting, SPARK17. We wanted to create an intimate feeling during the event to emphasise personal ability and responsibility, and to negate any bystander effect.
True partnership that’s both global and local
We established a collaboration with key non-profit partners on both a global and local scale, including Sentebale, TREAT Asia, CHIVA, Desmond Tutu HIV foundation, Adolescent HIV Coalition and IAS, amongst others, to lend expertise and to ensure that an enhanced global support network was available for the ambassadors.
We sought to create a welcoming space in which current HIV programmes and perceptions could be debated and challenged, because we wanted to do more than just teach skills, we wanted to create an enduring, collaborative programme where everyone felt inspired. After, we provided ongoing support to help the ambassadors in their own communities.
During the meeting, current HIV programmes were debated and challenged, enlightening thinking and to help inform the development of future initiatives.
With our continued support in delivering this robust programme, the SPARK17 attendees and wider community will use their enhanced skills to empower others and enable real change. The bigger the SPARK movement grows the bigger the difference we can all make together. This is the start of the fire that will transform the future.