Youth

Ambassadors

A program designed to engage youth in
MA in learning and advocacy related to
ending the HIV epidemic. This program
aims to recruit and train youth on a variety
of public health issues and social justice
concepts. These trainings equip them with
the tools to advocate for issues they are
directly impacted by and engage
community members.
And we’re recruiting now!

Getting to Zero MA – Youth Ambassador Program Description

The Getting to Zero Coalition is excited to relaunch the Youth Ambassador program! In 2015, AIDS Action and Fenway Health launched Getting to Zero Massachusetts (GTZ), forming a statewide coalition of 40 organizations to achieve the aims of the Getting to Zero initiative. This program is an opportunity to join a state-wide coalition of 40 organizations working to end the HIV epidemic and achieve a future with zero stigma, zero new HIV diagnoses, and zero AIDS-related deaths!

The Getting to Zero Coalition is excited to relaunch the Youth Ambassador program. The first Youth Ambassador program that Getting to Zero saw was created by our 2019 Activist Academy Fellows to inform youth in the Worcester area about the Healthy Youth Act, with the goal of empowering them with the tools to advocate for themselves on behalf of this issue. This team of Fellows and Youth Ambassadors were able to host a very successful parent workshop in Worcester, featuring a panel facilitated by the youth using their own personal experiences and what they learned from our Fellow team to inform their questions. 

Getting to Zero MA seeks to expand on this project by recruiting eight to ten youth from MA to learn about a range of public health concepts and issues, and how these issues connect to HIV advocacy. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, this program will take place primarily online. Youth Ambassadors will attend webinar style training once a week to grow their knowledge on HIV advocacy and develop their organizing skills. Together, Youth Ambassadors will collaborate on a project of their choosing to showcase what they have learned. 

Youth representing the populations most deeply impacted by the HIV epidemic are strongly encouraged to apply – namely, members of the LGBTQ+ community and Black, indigenous, people of color. No prior experience is necessary, only passion and a commitment to good work and service. The fellowship program will last from December 2020 to May 2021, and youth will be compensated with a stipend for program participation.
This is an exciting opportunity for youth interested in gaining understanding and experience around advocacy, organizing, and public health. Youth in this program will develop communication and advocacy skills to reduce stigma and build engagement around HIV health care and treatment.

Youth Ambassador responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Ideal candidates will:

The Youth Ambassador program will run from December 2020 to May 2021. Youth Ambassadors will be compensated by stipend for participation throughout the duration of the program.

* Accepted applicants will be asked to provide a mailing address to receive payment for participation, and applicants younger than 18 years old will need parent/guardian approval to participate.

For any further questions, please email Alyvia Norris at anorris@fenwayhealth.org.

Applications are open!

Below are the open response questions from the application. Google Forms will not save your responses due to technology errors (i.e. lost wifi, if you get logged out of your account, etc).

We recommend that you copy and paste the questions below into a separate document to record your answers. Once your answers are complete, you can copy and paste your answers into your application (and have a copy of your answers in case anything happens)!

Only completed applications submitted with our Google Form (tinyurl.com/YouthAmbassadors2020) will be accepted.

Please do not email your answers.

Open response questions:

  1. Why is advocacy important to you? What issue(s) are you passionate about and why?
  2. Why do you want to join this ambassador program?
  3. What skills do you possess that make you an asset to a team? What skills do you hope to grow through this opportunity?
  4. What else are you involved in during December 2020 – May 2021? How do you plan to manage participation in the fellowship program along with your other responsibilities? (Be sure to include work, school, and/or volunteer responsibilities!)

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