What is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day?
National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is a day to educate the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic.
When is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day?
National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is an annual observance that takes place on April 10. The first ever National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is taking place on April 10, 2013.
Why is National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day important?
Today’s young people are the first generation who have never known a world without HIV and AIDS. In the United States, one in four new HIV infections is among youth ages 13 to 24. Every month 1,000 young people are infected with HIV and over 76,400 young people are currently living with HIV across the country. While there has been much talk about an AIDS-Free Generation, we know that is not possible without our nation’s youth. Young people and their allies are determined to end this epidemic once and for all and this day is a way to acknowledge the great work young people are already engaging in to do so.
Where will National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day be celebrated?
National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day will be celebrated all across the country. There will be events hosted by various organizations and individuals in high schools, colleges, churches, community centers and more! There also will be opportunities for online participation.
How do I commemorate National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day?
National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to learn about HIV & AIDS and how young people are affected. It is also an opportunity to show support for the cause while educating others. You could send tweets, host an event, get tested, table on your campus, and more! Check out the resources toolkit for more ideas on ways to engage.
How do I prepare?
If you plan on hosting an event, make sure to plan adequately so that there is enough time to get the word out and organize whatever resources that you might need. If you are hosting an event, make sure you have a venue and an agenda. Check out the resources toolkit for more information.
How do I find events near me for National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day?
Check out our events map to find an event registered near you. If you do not see an event, think about hosting your own!
How do I get other young people to participate?
Spread the word via social media, word of mouth, or hand out flyers in your area. Share some facts with your peers and stress the importance of National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day. Follow us on twitter, and like us on facebook to get updates on more resources as the day approaches!
HIV & AIDS FAQ
HIV is a virus which causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). AIDS weakens the body's immune system (your defense against infections) so that it loses the ability to fight off infection and illnesses.
How is HIV transmitted?
How can someone get tested for HIV?
What are some strategies to reduce the risk of HIV transmission?
Where did HIV come from?
Do all people with HIV have AIDS? Does having HIV mean you will become sick immediately?
How many people in the US are living with HIV?
How many young people in the US are infected with HIV?
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Youth Ambassador Program
2014 National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
Youth Ambassador Application
What is the National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) Youth Ambassador Program? The National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) Youth Ambassador Program consists of young leaders and activists who come together to promote prevention, treatment, care, and youth empowerment.
Applications for the 2013-2014 Youth Ambassador Program are closed.
Click here to download the NYHAAD Youth Ambassador Application.
1. That you care about HIV/AIDS and youth issues.
2. That you will promote National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day in your school, college campus, or community.
3. That you will participate in either monthly or bi-monthly conference calls. 4. That you will provide support to the Advocates for Youth and NYHAAD partners in reviewing and providing feedback on various materials and resources in preparation for National Youth HIV & AIDS Day.
5. That you will write two blogs for National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day to be featured on Amplifyyourvoice.org or partner sites.
6. That you will facilitate an event on National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day to highlight your work as a NYHAAD Youth Ambassador.
Youth Ambassador Roles and Responsibilities:
1. To meet, work with, and learn from Advocates and NYHAAD partner staff who care about these issues as much as you do.
2. To meet, work with, and learn from amazing youth leaders from across the country.
3. To gain information and the opportunity to build skills that will be of use to you throughout your school and work career.
4. To share your experience and perspectives.
5. To make a difference.
• Must be between the ages of 13-24 years by the application deadline
• Must complete the attached application
For any questions related to the NYHAAD Youth Ambassador Program, please contact:
Sulava Guatam-Adhikary, Program Coordinator
Advocates for Youth
2000 M St. NW, Suite 750
Washington, D.C. 20036
P: 202-419-3420, ext. 65
What can my group do to observe NYHAAD? Use these awesome resources and ideas for events to jumpstart your day.
Check Out the NYHAAD Campaign Starter Kit
Fast Facts About HIV
Download and share these fast facts about HIV!
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Ideas for Great NYHAAD Events
Recent news and commentary on HIV/AIDS.