Youth Committee

'2015 has taught us as a committee that having HIV isn’t the end of the world and we’re capable of achieving anything anyone else can' 

(CYC Twitter feed, NYE 2015)

Since 2010 the CHIVA Youth Committee (CYC) has been working alongside the CHIVA staff team and Executive Committee representing the voices of children and young people.The CYC is a vibrant and creative group of young people who are keen to get involved in all sorts of projects and campaigns, and get the voices of young people living with HIV heard. It has up to 12 members at each time. There is an elected chair and deputy chair. Committee members are all aged between 12-18 years of age and HIV positive. Committee members hold their roles for 2 years and recruitment is via an application form available on this page when we are recruiting. An independent survey assessing the self esteem of CYC members was conducted in 2014, to measure the impact of being on the CHIVA Youth Committee.

You can read the report here.

The CYC is a vibrant and creative group of young people who are keen to get involved in all sorts of projects and campaigns, and get the voices of young people living with HIV heard.

The CYC aims:

  • To give a voice to HIV positive and affected children and young people in the work of CHIVA and in the public domain
  • To work with the media, policy makers and the public to tackle the stigma attached to HIV.

The CYC does this by:

  • Meeting 3-4 times a year to review CHIVA’s work and influence developments
  • Being available to work with people and organisations outside of CHIVA on issues and campaigns
  • Becoming involved in projects they feel will work towards creating better awareness and understanding relating to HIV.

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(CYC meet Danny Germain-film maker living openly with HIV)

The CHIVA Youth Committee is proud to endorse the LIVE HIV Neutral Campaign. More information here. You can email: youth.committee@chiva.org.uk, or Participation Officer Abi Carter on abi.carter@chiva.org.uk or 0117 910 5226, and follow on twitter @freedom2spk.

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