Helping end the stigma around aids through educating young people and improving the lives of those affected through volunteering.

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Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Idea (hoping to get started in the future)

1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."

As a part of the queer community I have many people suffer from aids after a drag show that raised money for homeless people affected by aids, I decided I wanted to create a club dedicated to helping the cause. I introduced the idea to my friends and quickly I had a cabinet of people who wanted to help. Currently we are speaking with different organizations about how we can raise money, help and volunteer.

2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

We know that our club won’t find the cure for AIDs but we want to offer a better life for people affected by it and make a conscious effort in ending the stigma around AIDs.

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We plan on educating our peers on what AIDs is, how to prevent it, and treat people who are affected by it. We also want to contribute to volunteer organizations through food drives and fundraising.

4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

That person will be welcomed in and will quickly learn about how AIDs affects people and who it affects. Then they will hopefully join our group in volunteering and speaking about the cause.

5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

There is very little work done for the fight against AIDs by young people. I want to encourage my peers to stop the stigma around AIDs and to hopefully aid in the cure for AIDs.

6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

Currently I have a full cabinet and many students who are interested. This is great considering our club isn’t official and has no widespread news of it.

7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

We plan on going on outreach volunteer trips in LA and have a panel during our schools awareness week.

8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?

We need funding for gas and outreach. We also want a larger platform so our message is reduced by more people. Finally we need to officialize our club with our school during the upcoming club week.

9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors

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Hi Chase! I enjoyed reading your proposal and and happy to see more changemakers tackling stigma around health. I would love to see how your project expands. Best of luck!