Youth Ambassadors – Call for Applicants in Dallas, Texas

By Daniel Olavarria, Associate, Health Equity

Deadline: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Individuals are strongly encouraged to submit their applications before the final deadline.

NASTAD Youth AmbassadorsThe National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) is looking to identify young Latino gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) who are up-and-coming leaders doing innovative work on a volunteer basis in their communities/schools to improve the well-being of other gay men/MSM.
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With an emphasis on creative utilization of social media as the cornerstone of this program, NASTAD is seeking to advance the work being done by youth leaders who have identified challenges in their communities and have formulated forward-thinking solutions. This program is intended to expand the way that NASTAD connects with young people, facilitate opportunities for these men to partner with health departments and to network with each another.

This call for applicants is seeking Latino applicants in the Dallas, Texas area. Overall, this program is being piloted among Latino and Black gay men/MSM in select southern jurisdictions due to disproportionate rates of HIV, STDs and viral hepatitis and to leverage NASTAD’s existing work there.
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Required Criteria for Applicants

  • Male between the ages of 18 and 24
  • Self-identify as Latino/Hispanic
  • Self-identify as gay, bisexual, or same-gender-loving
  • Doing community work to benefit gay men/MSM in the Dallas, Texas area.
  • All applicants must also be willing and able to participate in NASTAD’s Stigma Summit, November 6 – 8, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. The summit will explore how stigma in public health practice affects Latino and Black gay men/MSM. Costs associated with the summit will be covered by NASTAD.

Benefits & Requirements of the Program

  • Opportunities to share your work nationally.
  • Access to a national network of peer leaders.
  • Serve in an advisory role to NASTAD around issues related to young gay men.
  • Opportunities for professional development, including participation in NASTAD events.

All selected Youth Ambassadors will be asked to participate on an ongoing basis via:

  • Quarterly conference calls
  • Engagement via various NASTAD-sponsored social media formats
  • Providing regular updates concerning the progress of your community-based work.

To Apply and For More Information