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World AIDS Day 2014: A Week of AmeriCorps Activities in Atlanta

As a Member on the newest team in the AIDS United AmeriCorps Program, I celebrated World AIDS Day through service!  In three days my four team members and I provided nearly 200 HIV tests and gave four school presentations all around Atlanta. We focused our outreach at youth because young people, aged 13-25, are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS in Atlanta.

Here are some of the highlights from our World AIDS Day activities:
  • The 2014 World AIDS Day Policy and Action Breakfast: The gathering was the first of its kind, bringing together local, state, and national policymakers to learn about the HIV epidemic among young people in Atlanta. It was cool to see public officials, scientists, clergy members and CEOs from the public and private sector working together for a common goal. 
  • Partnering with numerous groups, we provided testing at Morehouse College, Clark Atlanta University, and Agnes Scott College—we tested almost 200 people!
  • Fashion Show, 20/20: Getting 20 Million People Living with HIV/AIDS into Care by 2020: Our team member Mary was featured in the show; she was fierce! A candlelight vigil followed the fashion show.
  • Throughout the week, my teammate MiChel’le moderated presentations by positive speakers and provided HIV prevention education at several and high schools in the DeKalb County School District. MiChel’le has presented to over 20 schools since September! 

After completing our World AIDS Day activities, I reflected on the growth I’ve undergone in the last four months. Coming into this program, I didn’t have much hands-on experience in the HIV/AIDS field. However, actively serving and making a difference with AID Atlanta, has motivated me to rethink my higher education plan and figure out how I can prepare myself for a career in the field post-AmeriCorps.

It’s great to be a part of the dynamic team and unbelievably amazing cohort that is 2014-2015 AIDS United AmeriCorps Team. I look forward to everything that’s in store for us in 2015. Until then, be safe, be smart, have fun, and give goodness to the world. Happy holidays from all of us.

Posted By: Alex Montgomery, AIDS United AmeriCorps Team Atlanta - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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