Youth Voices

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About the campaign

Youth Voices is an advocacy campaign to strengthen, support and amplify the voices of young people on current HIV-related debates, issues and trends to influence policy makers, funders and healthcare providers to improve services for young people, including young people living with HIV and young key populations.

Currently, the campaign focuses on:

  • Expanding youth leadership across a range of community-based organizations through a “Youth Champion” seed grant programme on key priority topics: Get to know the current Youth Champions
  • Shaping collective advocacy through films and policy briefs to highlight young people’s contributions to and needs in the HIV response
  • Strengthening capacity and providing networking opportunities to young people at international meetings and conferences.

When the campaign was launched in 2016, it provided a platform for youth living with and affected by HIV to connect with their global peers through exchanging experiences on current topical issues. They shared their messages through films and blog posts, on social media and at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban (AIDS 2016).

About the Youth Ambassadors programme

A dedicated programme at every International AIDS Conference and IAS Conference on HIV Science ensures that the voices of young people living with HIV, young activists and researchers are heard at international meetings and that young people are provided with opportunities to build their research and advocacy skills.

Partners and sponsors

The IAS would like to thank the following organizations for their support to the Youth Voices campaign:


Past partners and sponsors

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