From the Executive Director’s Desk: The SAfAIDS Young People Leadership Academy Programme

The SAfAIDS Leadership Programme came after the realization that there is a leadership gap amongst adolescent girls and young women, especially in areas of Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH), Gender and HIV. The academy is therefore building young people who are empowered, educated, healthy, resilient  and  socially  responsible. 

Our  desire  is to have young people who are autonomous decision makers, with the capacity to reach their full  potential  and  in  the  process  contributing to the development of their community, their country and the region.We believe that there is power in numbers. Building this group of regional young leaders will result in them working towards a common goal through advocating for common issues.

What we have witnessed through this group is the emergence of young people who are moving from tokenism to become real champions. They are now working towards launching a regional advocacy movement, with special focus on SRH and gender equality. Africa must therefore brace itself to see these young leaders in action. As SAfAIDS, we will continue to work tirelessly to unleash more young people whom Africa can be proud of.