The educational initiative Youth against AIDS (YAA) is enforcing the role of the youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS. As official partner of this year’s 22nd International AIDS Conference, 300 youth activists will represent their generation´s interests in the summer in Amsterdam. Therefore, YAA and GoFundMe start a worldwide crowdfunding campaign at the 14th March and by that enable a worldwide engagement against HIV/AIDS.
For many people, AIDS is not a relevant topic anymore, but the numbers still are alarming: just in 2016, more than 1.8 million people got infected with the life-threatening virus. One million people died in the same year.
Youth against AIDS (YAA) is convinced that the young generation can end AIDS. It all began with some teenagers from a school in Hamburg. From selling red ribbons, it became Europe´s largest youth led awareness campaign. With educational workshops at schools, public and awarded campaigns, YAA reaches out to millions of young people on the whole continent.
As an official partner of the 22nd International AIDS conference, YAA will bring more than 300 young people from all continents to AIDS2018 and emphasizes that it is the young generation who can end HIV. “It is not sufficient to emphasize the role of the youth – we have to act so that we can set an end to HIV/AIDS. It is our generation to decide if it will be successful. Therefore, it is important that our voices are heard – we will fight for that in Amsterdam”, says Daniel Nagel, chairman of the board of Youth Against AIDS.
With pre-events on five continents, seven countries and eight cities, the educational initiative makes their position clear: We can end AIDS. Worldwide, the initiative gives young people the chance to be a part of the change. The whole amount goes directly to the necessary preventative work. Each engaged young person on this world should have the possibility to involve himself and communicate his needs – regardless of his origin or social status.
Campaign reaches out to teenagers all over the world
With “GoFundMe” and a set up blog, the recent status of the campaign is documented daily. Besides a publicly effective campaign, Youth against AIDS is directly talking to young people on events and presents the activities on a local level.
14th March New York
5th April Berlin
12th April Mumbai
23rd April Geneva
3rd May Sao Paulo
16th May Johannesburg
24th May Warsaw
28th June Hong Kong
22nd June San Francisco
All the information about the recent campaign:
Youth Against AIDS at “GoFundMe” (from 14th March):
Youth against AIDS is a youth-led organization that provides sexual education in schools and youth facilities all over Europe and beyond. YAA is the largest, most awarded youth-led awareness campaign. They talk about sexuality, HIV, and other STDs in their workshops. YAA provides a space for young people where they can express any lack of knowledge without being ashamed. YAA uses a peer-to-peer approach allowing them to have dialogues at eye level. Furthermore, they do targeted publicity work to help cultivate an educated and diverse society. Their goal is a community in which sexuality never leads to exclusion, fear or stigma. Their motto: Do what you want. Do it with love, respect and condoms.
Youth against AIDS
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