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HIV Young Leaders Fund

Supports organisations of young people affected by HIV/AIDS who are often excluded from or unreached by existing programmes, such as young sex workers, young men who have sex with men and young people who use injection drugs.

Introduction

Hi, my name is Caitlin Chandler, and I am Director of the HIV Young Leaders Fund. Our mission is to enable new leadership in the HIV response among young people most affected by HIV. We’re committed to ensuring that young people are at the centre of the HIV response, and therefore fully involved in the policies and programmes that affect them.

The Fund supports organisations of people ages 30 years and younger seeking to make a difference in HIV and AIDS who are often excluded from or unreached by existing programmes, such as young sex workers, young men who have sex with men (MSM), young people who use injection drugs and young people living with HIV.

Today I’m pleased to take you on a tour of our small grants programme in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, which is designed to invest in young leaders and their coalitions in this region, while at the same time raising the visibility of their work and strengthening the sustainability of their initiatives.

Key Facts

Project: 
Youth-led HIV Initiatives in Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Run by:
HIV Young Leaders Fund, in partnership with Youth LEAD

Region:
Southeast Asia and the Pacific

Population:
Young key affected populations (young sex workers, young men who have sex with men, young people who use injection drugs, etc.) and young people living with HIV

Challenges:
Heightened risk; barriers to prevention, treatment, care and support; stigma and discrimination; limited opportunities for youth and youth-led organisations to directly influence the policies and programmes that affect them

Activities:
Three year grant-giving programme for youth-led organisations focused on young people most affected by HIV; training workshops, peer support and other initiatives to provide grantees with access to mentorship tools and resources