Nurturing Youth Leadership

In February, 2011, The Mosaic Initiative and William Penn House are contributing to underwrite the lodging expenses for a group of 20 teens to come to Washington DC to learn about and lobby for HIV/AIDS programs.  All of these youth - between the ages of 11 and 18 - have HIV, and are involved with the Atlanta-based "Show Me the Way Foundation".  They will be participating in AIDSWatch, the annual lobbying days.  These youth will be arriving a day earlier than other lobbyists and activists to participate in a youth-oriented training.  It is during this day that we will be talking with them more about the topic of self-testing, where it stands in terms of approval, and then engage them in a discussion about how self-testing can empower people with HIV to take charge and to be educators in their community. 

We are welcoming donations from people to help underwrite the expenses.  Our goal is to raise $2500; we are currently at $1100.  Contributions can be made out to The Mosaic Initiative and sent to Brad Ogilvie at 515 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC.  On-line donations are also welcome. 

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