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Youth of Color Initiative Print

Youth of color, especially young women, are disproportionately affected by HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). To prevent HIV/STI infection among youth most at risk, Advocates for Youth established its Youth of Color Initiative. Over the past few years, Advocates has partnered with the NAACP, National Council of La Raza, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, National Organization of Concerned Black Men, and Black Entertainment Television (BET), among others to mobilize communities to get involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS on behalf of young African Americans, Latinos, Asian Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans.

Technical Assistance and Training

Through Advocates' Youth of Color Initiative, staff from organizations serving youth of color may receive strategic technical assistance via e-mail, telephone, mail, and face-to-face meetings. In addition, Advocates provides tailored training and workshops for youth-serving professionals, youth peer educators, and young people. Seed grants are also available to help implement HIV/STI and teen pregnancy prevention projects. Tailored technical assistance and training is offered on the following topics:

  • Cultural competence
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth
  • Parent-child communication about sexuality issues
  • Peer education
  • Science-based sex education and HIV, STI, and teen pregnancy prevention programming (including life skills)
  • Youth-adult partnerships
  • Youth-friendly services


Advocates provides technical assistance, training, and/or seed grants to youth of color-serving organizations around the nation to strengthen their HIV programming for youth of color.  Below are select partner organizations:


Jennifer Augustine
Division Director, Health and Social Equity
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