In 2015, AIDS Action and Fenway Health launched Getting to Zero Massachusetts (GTZ), forming a statewide coalition of 40 organizations to achieve the aims of the Getting to Zero initiative. Since then, the Getting to Zero coalition undertook a successful statewide community engagement process to lay the groundwork for a conversation about Getting to Zero.
The Getting to Zero Coalition is excited to launch the 2019 Activist Academy to train a team of HIV and AIDS activists in order to advocate for the community, mobilize others, and continue moving the conversation forward in Massachusetts. Apply now and join our 2019 cohort! We’re recruiting a team of passionate, energetic, and hardworking individuals dedicated to ending the HIV epidemic and to building a movement in Massachusetts that will ripple to states and communities beyond.
This program will recruit, train, and develop community stakeholders and activists in educating community members in HIV prevention and access to care for those living with HIV/AIDS. The Academy will equip participants with the comprehensive knowledge and tools to advocate on behalf of their community, mobilize and cultivate other activists, and educate community members and state officials. Individuals representing the populations most deeply impacted by the HIV epidemic are strongly encouraged to apply – namely, members of the LGBTQ community and people of color. We’re looking to build a cross-generational class, including long-term survivors, people living with HIV, and people who use PrEP for HIV prevention.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Working with an organization on independent projects related to HIV/AIDS education and advocacy
- Participating in weekly project check-ins
- Participating in monthly fellowship check-ins/webinars
- Participating in workshops/trainings
- Advancing the Getting to Zero conversation in Massachusetts
- Building relationships in your community
Ideal candidates will be:
- Passionate about HIV/AIDS awareness and public health advocacy
- Excited about organizing in their communities
- Have great time management and organizational skills
- Willingness to learn
- Exhibit discipline and a solutions-oriented attitude toward tasks
- No prior experience is necessary, only passion and a commitment to good work and helping others.
The fellowship program will run from June to December 2019. Fellows will be compensated with a stipend for the duration of the program. To apply, please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/GTZFellowship. The deadline to apply is May 17, 2019. For any further questions, please email Carrie Richgels at firstname.lastname@example.org.