This project will allow AMS to expand its Youth Days program for the Victors Club, an inspiring group of over 1,000 HIV-positive children and youth. Youth Days allow the Victors Club members to come together to address adherence challenges, empower each other, and boost their morale and self-esteem. We will use the funds to expand outreach and youth testing efforts, host entrepreneurship and vocational training, and more.
According to the Uganda AIDS Commission, there are around 110,000 young Ugandans (aged 10-19) living with HIV. HIV-positive youths must deal daily with the double burden of HIV and the challenges of adolescence, resulting in a high risk of poor adherence and mental health issues. Most face stigma and discrimination from their communities, and many find it hard to find employment. This project will impact the 1,000 HIV+ members of AMS Victors Club, and help them to overcome these challenges.
The Victors Club mission is to build hope among young people living with HIV. Youth Days allow members to bond with other HIV-infected youth, encourage one another, and gain positive role models. Participating in Victors Club improves both adherence to medication as well as members' self-esteem and confidence. The expanded Youth Days will allow AMS to reach more youth, and to provide vital opportunities for participants to gain the skills that will help them build hope and resilience.
This project will fund the expansion of our Youth Day programming for 1,000 HIV-positive Ugandan youth. We will host quarterly Youth Days for the Victors Club members which will include vocational training, team-building exercises, games, and more. This funding will also allow AMS to expand our outreach to youth in the community, where we will provide HIV-education and testing services for vulnerable teens and young adults. We will be able to empower the youth we serve to lead dignified lives.