Mark your calendars and set the date! Next Wednesday APRIL 10, 2013 is the first National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD), a national HIV and AIDS testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to encourage Youth across the United States and Territorial Areas to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated around HIV/AIDS, as it continues to devastate Youth communities. If we are truly hoping to have an “AIDS Free Generation,” we can’t forget the voices of our youth. Locally the Connect to Protect Los Angeles Coalition along with several of our partners are ready to usher in NYHAAD to Los Angeles County in a very big way.
There are several small and large scale events happening all over our county to mark this historic occasion. We welcome you to take part in as many of them as you can. Additionally we also encourage you to find ways to commemorate the day through your own individual agency if you can’t take part in any of the schedule events, and to also personally join the chorus of youth and adult allies taking part in the social media campaign around NYHAAD. If you have Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram we are speaking directly to you. One big part of the day is the awareness piece, and since this is the first observance of it nationally we really want to make as many people aware of it as possible, not just youth, but adults as well. You can find more information about the social media campaign by visiting http://www.chla.org/atf/cf/%7B1cb444df-77c3-4d94-82fa-e366d7d6ce04%7D/SYPP%20CENTER%20-%20NYHAAD%20-%20CAMPAIGN%20STARTER%20KIT.PDF
Attached below you will also find information on a few of the local things happening around NYHAAD right here in Los Angeles. In addition to the many different events taking place, both the city and county of Los Angeles have proclamations in the works to officially recognize the day and the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Board and their Superintendent John Deasy are making a resolution for district wide observance of the day as well.
There are also rumblings of a couple of flash mobs taking place to bring awareness to the day. This all makes for a very exciting day, and I hope like me you are ready to join in on the fun. We are also hoping several of you can join us on April 9th at 9:30am for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting where Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will present the county’s proclamation of the day. The meeting will be held at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration located at 500 W. Temple St. Suite 381, Los Angeles, CA 90012. You can also watch it live by visiting http://bos.co.la.ca.us/BoardMeeting/LiveBroadcast.aspx
If you want more information about the day you can visit www.youthaidsday.org