Young people from all over the world are committed to Youth against AIDS (YAA). But who is working for our organisation, how does our work look like and why do we actually do what we’re doing? To get you a glimpse behind the scenes, we are going to introduce you to the faces and stories behind YAA in the next few weeks. After our CEO Daniel, you get to know our board member Lennart Falk.
Lenni, why do you dedicate yourself so much to the work of YAA?
If you take a look at the youth organisations in Germany and around the world, you’ll notice pretty quickly that Youth against AIDS is exceptional!
I firstly came in touch with YAA in 2012/2013, as federal school representative of my home state Schleswig-Holstein. After I resigned from office, I was looking for a new challenge. And as I heard about the work and commitment of YAA, there was no doubt for me where I wanted to go.
What motivates you most at your daily work for YAA?
Our organisation has broached an absolutely relevant issue which unfortunately lost importance in society – and it still does. That is enough motivation for me to stand up on a daily basis and get committed to the work of Youth against AIDS. In addition, I like our way to take challenges: We don’t just build up relevance for that issue, but we influence a whole generation through our work that assumes and spreads responsibility.
But the most motivating reason to spend my time for this movement is the incredible commitment of our whole team!
What is your area of responsibility at the organisation?
As board member, I am responsible for the sections of Education and Human Resources. Myself and our Education-Team work permanently to evolve our Project Positive School. In the section of Human Resources it’s my task to make sure that our team works hand in hand and gets bigger and better with every day.
Why should especially young people commit to the fight against HIV/AIDS?
The youth, our generation, has to assume responsibility to end HIV/AIDS in the future – why shouldn’t we start right now?
We are the ones to make a change. Our approach aims to rise the awareness and openness in society in which people show consciousness about sexually transmitted diseases. As soon as we reach that goal, we’ll take a big step in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Which were the most emotional moments at your previous time for YAA?
I experienced an incredible moment on our journey to India this year. We’ve attended a workshop where we talked to 11-19 year old indian girls about sexually transmitted diseases. Seeing and hearing what kind of importance this issue has to them, showed me how important our work is around the world. I’m sure that we’re on the right way by proceeding to AIDS2018 in company with more than 300 young people from all over the world and we will definitely experience some more incredible moments!
What is the event you mostly look forward in the following month?
I look forward to July 27th. On this day, the International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam is almost over and for the first time, we have the chance to look back and see, what our team has achieved in the past weeks, because of our great commitment and our clear focus.
Additionally we’ll face a lot of challenges in the following weeks and months, that will clear up by the time of the conference.
Your wish to be ended with:
We as a team can effect any kind of change and we should work, believe and hold on to our dreams.
This post was written by Jugend gegen AIDS Blog