HYLF – The journey continues
February 15, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The HIV Young Leaders Fund (HYLF) was founded by young health activists at the June 2009 Oslo Young Leaders Summit, organized by aids2031, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNAIDS. Young participants identified barriers to accessing funds as a major impediment to supporting a new generation of HIV activists. Since that time, first as a project of the Tides Foundation, and now as an independent foundation incorporated in the Netherlands, HYLF has supported 44 youth-led organizations in almost all the regions of the globe, impacting the lives of young people from the most affected communities and reinforcing the fact that no effort in the HIV response will be successful if we do not engage key populations, finance underfunded initiatives and open the space for communities to lead these efforts.
The previous year has been a challenging time for HYLF. After a difficult leadership transition, we have revamped the organization, strengthened our governance structures and increased transparency and accountability in order to maintain the trust and support of stakeholders, funders and the communities we serve. According to Executive Director Yahir Zavaleta,
“We believe in the mission of HYLF. We believe in the need for a youth-led funding mechanism that shares knowledge and enables leadership among young key populations affected by HIV. We continue to invest in young people’s leadership in the HIV response. We will fund the unfundable, while supporting diversity, meaningful youth participation, geographic representation and community-involvement.”
In the changing and adverse political environment of 2017, HYLF’s priority is to continue supporting youth-led initiatives and enabling new leadership through capacity building programs. We will be seeking additional funds to continue and expand our programs and we will reinforce our advocacy efforts in hand with our grantees, partners and stakeholders to support communities and young key populations affected by HIV and Aids: young people living with HIV, young women, youth LGBT, young people engaged in selling sex, young people who use drugs, young people living in poverty, young people from ethnic minorities and young people with disabilities.
In words of Aiza Fetalvero Baldonado, current member of HYLF’s Supervisory Board,
“HYLF as youth-led organization will continue to commit in giving opportunities for young people especially young key population to create possibilities and change.”
What’s next? Today we’re proud to announce the launch of our first Small Grant Programme of 2017 for youth-led initiatives addressing the needs of transgender youth, young people living with HIV and young people with disabilities living with HIV in countries from the Global South.
If you are interested in applying for a grant please check out our Request for Proposals (RFP) for more information about eligibility criteria, application guidelines and grant amounts; download and fill out our Application Forms available at the end of our RFP and submit your proposal before 10 March 2017, 11:59 pm CET to GrantApplication@hivyoungleadersfund.org
Together, we shall bring the voice of young people and young key populations to the HIV response. Together we shall end HIV.
For more information, contact
HIV Young Leaders Fund