In the US, ViiV Healthcare has a longstanding commitment to listen to the voices of youth by supporting mentorship and leadership development initiatives to improve health outcomes for youth (aged 13 to 24) living with and impacted by HIV, and their communities. ViiV Healthcare launched its first mentorship grant commitment in 2017 with Positive Action for Youth, and in the two years since, this initiative has reached hundreds of young people living with HIV as well as their peers and allies. We’ve learned that when supporting youth living with HIV to successfully engage in care, mentorship is effective as well as life changing. We’ve seen mentorship help young people develop healthy behaviors and relationships in and outside of the clinic setting, that lead to self-efficacy, self-worth and long-term engagement in care.
In 2019, Positive Action for Youth will again select a cohort of grantees to receive Direct Mentorship Services for Youth Grants. Join us on May 15th for this Info Session to hear from the Positive Action for Youth team and learn more about the application process.