GYCA is a youth-led global network of more than 8,000 young leaders and adult allies working on youth and HIV/AIDS in 173 countries worldwide.GYCA's mission is to empower young leaders with the skills, knowledge, resources, and opportunities they need to scale-up HIV/AIDS interventions amongst their peers.

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juliemellin   juliemellin Julie Mellin's TIGblog
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Prioritizing young people in the post-2015agenda, call for endorsements

As activists engaged in advocacy surrounding young people, young people living with and affected by HIV, and sexual and reproductive health and rights, we encourage GYCA members and allies to join us in signing on to a letter we recently signed on to as part of the Link Up project.

Young people, and especially young people from the most marginalized groups whose voices are often not represented at the UN, must be included in the new post-2015 development goals. We want to change that!

In advance of and parallel to high-level events and meetings in New York*, it is imperative that civil society and government express the importance of prioritizing young people, especially those most marginalized and stigmatized, in the post-2015 agenda.

We hope you can and will join us in this effort.  Please lend your organization’s support for the letter (accessible here) by March 28th as we will re-release this statement for the Commission on Population and Development. Stand with us and send your organization’s endorsement to: [email protected].

Thank you in advance for your time and support,

Policy partners of the Link Up consortium:

International HIV/AIDS Alliance

Stop AIDS Alliance


Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS



*the High-Level Event on The Contributions of Women, the Young and Civil Society to the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the 47th Session of the Commission on Population and Development

March 18, 2014 | 5:21 PM Comments  {num} comments


gdolce   gdolce Gillian's TIGblog
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Take Action in Phase 2 of #ACT2015!

By Jennfier Ehidiamen; Originally posted on ACT2015.

Hello youth SRHR and HIV activists!


Since the launch of ACT 2015 in November, young people have registered 176 Community Dialogues around the world!  Check out photos from recent Community Dialogues here!

The deadline to host a Community Dialogue was end of February, so Phase 1 of ACT 2015 is now OVER.  If you hosted a Community Dialogue, please submit your reportas soon as possible to the ACT 2015 core team at [email protected].

The ACT 2015 core team will collect and analyze your reports to develop a political activist work book and an online action platform to support youth activists to lobby decision makers in your country to influence their post 2015 position.  Phase 2 is about translating priorities set in the dialogues into ACTION to help ensure that SRHR is included and HIV remains a priority in the post 2015 agenda!

If you did not host a Community Dialogue, do not worry: it’s not too late to get involved in ACT 2015! You can either host a Community Dialogue in the next few weeks OR get ready to take action using the political activist work book in Phase 2 in early April.

The political activist work book will empower you to: pick your targets, make your case, map your network, choose your tactics and create a roadmap of activities to influence the national post 2015 position!

Here are some questions that can help you start thinking about how you can take action in the 2nd Phase:

  • Who are the decision makers in your country that can influence the post-2015 process?
  • What would be the best way to effectively communicate your messages to these decision makers to advance SRHR and HIV in Post-2015?
  • Who can you reach out to in your country to join the #ACT 2015 movement?

Remember to join the #ACT2015 conversation on Twitter @CrowdOutAIDS, and link up with other ACT 2015 leaders who are hosting dialogues of their own on Facebook.

Thank you and don’t forget to log your community dialogue on the crowd map.

In solidarity, The PACT and UNAIDS


March 13, 2014 | 8:27 AM Comments  {num} comments


gdolce   gdolce Gillian's TIGblog
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GYCA Announces Call for Regional Focal Point Applications in 5 Regions!

The Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS is excited to announce that it has opened the application process for 2014-2016 Regional Focal Points!

GYCA is accepting applications from young people aged 18-26 who work in the youth HIV movement in the following regions:

  • Asia Pacific
  • Caribbean
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • North America
  • Western Europe

Be a part of the movement!

GYCA's Regional Focal Point Program prepares young leaders working in the HIV response to be pro-active and effective agents of change. Regional Focal Points are GYCA's eyes and ears in every region of the world. They create a bridge that links grassroots activism and action with global advocacy, helping to usher young people's voices through the corridors of power.

The voices of young people are central to ensuring a strong global HIV response. Young people are disproportionately affected by HIV; every year, young people represent more than 40% of all new HIV infections. As the world meets to establish the post-2015 development agenda, GYCA is committed to ensuring that young people play a role in that decision-making. 

GYCA Regional Focal Points are critical partners in the youth HIV movement. They play a key role in determining GYCA's strategic direction in the evolving global HIV response, helping GYCA ensure that it is truly led by the young people for whom, and with whom, we work. Through GYCA, these young leaders have the opportunity to change the way the world looks at young people.

About GYCA

GYCA, a program of the Public Health Institute, is a global network of more than 8,000 young leaders and adult allies who are changing the face of the youth HIV movement. Based in New York, GYCA is represented in every region of the world by 12 Regional Focal Points. GYCA recognizes the power and potential of young leaders as the best force to address HIV and AIDS in their communities, and works to empower them with knowledge, skills, resources, and opportunities they need to scale up their initiatives.

How to apply

Applications are open and will be reviewed on a rolling basis until Friday, March 21, 2014 at 11:59PM EST. 

Applicants must complete the online application form, upload a CV, and attach a letter of recommendation from a supervisor or a colleague. Access the application form here: www.jotform.us/gyca/2014regionalfocalpoint

More information about GYCA's Regional Focal Point program and the eligibility requirements can be found here.

Any questions concerning the Regional Focal Points program or the application process should be directed to [email protected].


March 3, 2014 | 3:00 AM Comments  {num} comments

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