Program Description

The Getting to Zero Coalition is excited to congratulate our 2021 Fellows for completing the Activist Academy Program! 

The Activist Academy Fellowship aims to train a team of HIV and AIDS activists in order to advocate for the community, mobilize others, and continue moving the conversation forward in Massachusetts. We’re proud to share that we recruited a team of passionate, energetic, and hardworking individuals dedicated to ending the HIV epidemic to build a movement in Massachusetts that will ripple to states and communities beyond.

This program trains and develops community activists in educating community members in issues related to HIV prevention and access to care for those living with HIV/AIDS. The Academy will equip participants with the comprehensive knowledge and tools to advocate on issues related to ending the HIV epidemic, mobilize and cultivate other activists, and educate community members and state officials.

The advocacy focuses for the 2021 cohort were: 

  • sexual health education, 
  • sex work decriminalization, 
  • overdose prevention, 
  • and housing access. 

Each team was connected with one or two bills related to their advocacy focus. Each team was tasked with creating a project that engages the community in policy awareness while advancing the goals of their advocacy focus. Please check out the team pages below to learn more about their projects! 

A special thank you to our amazing Mentors who partnered with us in this work. We are so grateful for the leadership, care, and time. 

A special thank you to our community partners who joined us for webinars and panels. We appreciate the knowledge you offered and learning you facilitated in this program.

Our Teams

Housing Access

Sex Work Decriminalization

Sexual Health Education

Overdose Prevention

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