Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the HLYASS Youth Advocate Statewide Summit?
A: The HLYASS (Healthy Love Youth Advocate Statewide Summit) is a Georgia hosted conference targeted for youth between the ages of 16-25 with the intent of furthering ongoing discussions among young Black women and LGBTQ youth on the topics of HIV, sexual and reproductive justice, comprehensive sex education, abortion rights, contraceptive equality, and legislative advocacy. It is hosted by the Policy and Advocacy Program (PAP) of SisterLove, Inc. from Atlanta, Georgia.
Q. When will HLYASS take place?
A. August 17-23, 2020, Virtually! Check back in soon for a summit schedule.
Q. What are the issues driving HLYASS?
Georgia has the highest demographic of those living with HIV in the United States and ranks number two in the nation for the highest rate of new HIV diagnosis annually. An estimated one-fourth of those diagnosed with HIV in Georgia are identified as youth and only half of them know they are positive. This is due to a lack of HIV education and resources allocated specifically for youth. HYLASS will champion this need by teaching advocacy and peer education.
Q. What are the goals of the HLYASS Summit?
A. The primary goal is to help young people living with and affected by HIV, develop the skills and tools necessary to engage in advocacy work at the local state and federal levels. PAP seeks to train 60 Georgia youth, ages 16-25 in the areas of sexual and reproductive justice, comprehensive sex education, abortion rights, contraceptive equality, and legislative advocacy.
Q. What will the Summit offer to attendees?
A. (1) Several renowned policy and reproductive justice advocates from Georgia and from across the country will conduct workshops on topics that fall into the following four categories: Healthy Relationships, Coalition Building, Community Organizing, and Policy and Advocacy.
(2) The summit will also serve as an official public forum for invited state policymakers, legislators and commissioners to engage in dialogue about HIV and other Reproductive Justice (RJ) concerns for young women of color.
(3) Each HLYASS participant will earn a certificate of completion establishing them as a Healthy Love Youth Advocates.
(4) Participants will have an opportunity to practice their advocacy after HLYASS by partnering with SLI in strategy efforts which will include a policy agenda created during the weekend-long conference.
(5) Spaces for artististic expression and creativity!
Q. Who should attend?
A. Everyone! The Summit seeks to center and uplift the experiences of young people We also recognize the importance of diverse, inter-generational dialogue and movement building. We’d love to have you! Register here.
Q. What is the cost?
Free! We are always open to donations and sponsorships! Please donate here.
Q. How do I register as a sponsor?
A. Click here to become a sponsor.