Are you an adolescent girl or young women (AGYW) aged 18-29? Do you reside in Cameroon, Mozambique, Namibia or South Africa? Are you passionate about advocating for the greater involvement of AGYW in decision-making processes and spaces at country and regional level?
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Y+ is a global network that aims to strengthen the leadership of young people living with HIV from local to global level, empowering them to be meaningfully engaged in political and programmatic spaces that impact their lives.
It all began in 2004, when we realised the need to connect young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) to each other, as well as to global decision-making spaces. This virtual network was a way to ensure young people do not feel alone. We called it Young Positives.
When we heard that the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) was creating a new youth programme, we decided to integrate with them, and in 2010 we became the Y+ Programme. The vision was to mainstream youth issues in GNP+’s work, and see our agenda elevated.
It became apparent that we needed a way to provide feedback on the development of the Y+ Programme, and so a Y+ Advisory Group was soon born. The 28 YPLHIV volunteers were chosen for their outstanding commitment to voluntary work, as well as their connection to HIV work in their region or community.
The Y+ team is made up of staff members who are guided by the Y+ Board and members of the Advisory Board.
The role of the Y+ Board is to guide the development of the Y+ network; determine programmatic priorities; make decisions through a transparent process; ensure different communities of young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) from all regions are represented in Y+ decision-making; and strengthen the leadership of YPLHIV from community to the global level.