September 24, 2015 Atlanta, GA – NAESM and the Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) announces the Build-a-Brother Youth Scholars Institute, a peer-led training institute for young Black gay men, during the 13th Annual National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities to be held in Los Angeles, California at the Hilton LAX. This institute has been made possible through generous financial support from Gilead Sciences. Applications for the inaugural scholar’s cohort are open until October 15th at 11:59 PM EST and can be completed at the link below. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 to 29, live in the United States, and have experience serving their community. This institute is in addition to the general conference scholarships NAESM awards each to attend the conference.
“YBGLI is looking forward to this partnership with NAESM to expand our reach and impact on the lives of young Black gay men,” said DaShawn Usher, Chair of YBGLI. “NAESM was the first conference I attended 7 years ago and the CRIBB Fellowship played a major part in my personal and professional development. Through the Build-a-Brother Institute, YBGLI and NAESM have the opportunity to equip our peers and future leaders with the tools they need to grow.”
20 youth scholars will be selected to participate in the program. Scholarships will be provided that covers hotel and transportation. The institute will train their peers in the areas of professional development, leadership development, grant writing, bio-medical interventions (PrEP, PEP and Treatment as Prevention), current epidemiology, social marketing and personal branding. In addition to these training sessions, scholars will receive special presentations from speakers from the conference to discuss how their work relates to the lives of YBMSM. “As we continue to advance in creating leaders within YMSM community, institutes such as Build-a-Brother, are a key component to bringing out ones full potential to be the best leader they can and will be.” Darwin Thompson, Acting Director of NAESM Inc. expressed. “I am very thrilled to be working with YBGLI to prepare the selected young black gay men with the skills and tools that will lead to their success and ultimately getting us to an AIDS free generation.”
“YGBLI is extremely excited to partner with NAESM for this year’s Youth Scholars Institute. We are calling the institute ‘Build-a-Brother’ because we hope to continue to build these young men into future leaders within their communities,” said Erick Nunez, MSW, Vice-Chair of YBGLI. “The young men that will complete this institute will have the opportunity to work on professional, personal, and leadership skills. ‘Build-a-Brother’ will be the initial start for some of these men’s future as leaders” Nunez said.
Nominations: Now Open
Deadline: October 15th at 11:59 PM EST