NAESM and YBGLI Announce Youth Scholars Institute during 14th Annual National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities
October 17, 2016
Atlanta, GA – NAESM and the Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) announces the second annual Build-a-Brother Youth Scholars Institute (BABI). A joint initiative, BABI begins with a four-day peer-led training institute for young Black gay men at the 14th Annual National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS and other Health Disparities. The selected cohort will also attend The Red Door Foundation’s Saving Ourselves Symposium in Jackson, Mississippi for a second round of trainings this June 2017.In between both conferences, participants will have the opportunity to work with a mentor to design and implement a community project.
Applications for the second Youth Scholars cohort are open until November 1st at 11:59 PM EST and can be completed HERE. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 to 28, live in the southern region of the United States, and have experience serving their community.
“I am excited to continue our partnership with YBGLI. BABI will allow us to sharpen the next generation of young Black gay and bisexual men,” said Darwin Thompson, Executive Director of NAESM, Inc. “NAESM hopes to continue this fight within the HIV epidemic by building new leaders and creating a new opportunity for work that focuses specifically on young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM).”
Fifteen youth scholars will be selected to participate in the program. Scholarships will cover hotel and transportation for both training periods. The institute will develop the participants in the areas of professional growth, leadership skills, grant writing, biomedical 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.
“YGBLI is extremely excited to partner with NAESM once again Build-a-Brother is a leadership institute that we hope will build these young men into future leaders within their communities and motivate them to push through all the stressors that may come their way as Black MSM,” said Erick Nunez, MSW,co- chair of BABI. “The young men that will complete this institute will have the opportunity to work on professional, personal, and leadership skills.in which ‘Build-a-Brother’ will be the initial start for some of these men’s future as leaders” Nunez said.
“This collaboration with NAESM is important for the advancement of young black gay men. At the end of this experience, each participant will have tangible skills and resources that will aide in their ability to create change in their own communities,” added Kahlib Barton, vice-chair of YBGLI, and co-chair of BABI.
Applications: Now Open
Deadline: November 1st at 11:59 PM EST
Location: Dallas, TX
Application Site: https://goo.gl/forms/suDjVa8s0zS9HhjJ2
NAESM and YBGLI YMSM Youth Scholars Track
Purpose: With the increasing demand for professional and leadership development around the lives of Young Black Men who have Sex with Men (YBMSM), NAESM and the Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) is introducing its second annual, Build-a-Brother Youth Scholars Institute track at the 14th annual National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV and other Health Disparities. This unique track will bring together 15 YBMSM from the southern region of the United States to be trained in professional and leadership development to strengthen their skills around decreasing HIV and other health disparities in their communities.
Process: 15 YBMSM will be selected as 2017 Youth Scholars, who will experience their own track at the National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV and other Health Disparities. Scholars will attend a 4-day training in the areas of professional development, leadership development, grant writing, biomedical interventions (PrEP, PEP, and Treatment as Prevention), current epidemiology, social marketing, and personal branding. In addition to these training sessions, scholars will be receiving special presentations from speakers from the conference to discuss how their work is relevant to the lives of YBMSM. The scholars will then be tasked with creating their own personal statements, development plans for their ideas, and will propose an original idea of ways to enhance the lives of YBMSM. On the final day of the track, Youth Scholars will present their work and ideas to their peers.
Applications: The application process for the Youth Scholars will be open to applicants from the following Southern states: Delaware, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C.