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Who We Are

We have a clear mandate to continue to represent the voice of young people living with HIV across the globe. The world will not end the HIV epidemic without us.

Mission

To mobilise young people living with HIV around the world to promote our right to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

Vision

All young people living with HIV enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives.

Values

  1. We challenge inequality and prejudice.
  2. We collaborate to reach our goals.
  3. We are bold and brave.
  4. We are accountable to each other.
  5. We are diverse and inclusive.

Our Journey

How We Started

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    Summary
    In 2004, there was a realization of the need to virtually connect young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) and to decision –making spaces. In 2010, the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (GNP+) wanted to come up with a youth programme then Y+ Programme was born.

    In a bid to provide feedback to the programme, 28 YPLHIV were selected for their outstanding commitment to voluntary work, as well as their connection to HIV work in their region or community. This was the Y+ Advisory Group which called for a strategic planning process, to pin down the aims of our network of young people living with HIV.

    The need for a governance structure translated into the creation of our Y+ Steering Committee in 2015, which serves the entire community of adolescents and YPLHIV. To enhance the responsibilities of our committee members, we reviewed their roles and in 2017 we created the Y+ Global Board, who now have specific responsibilities, work priorities, rights and duties, as well as a clear process of electing new board members.
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    2004: Foundation of the organisation
    It all began in 2004, when we realised the need to connect young people living with HIV (YPLHIV) to each other, as well as to global decision-making spaces. This virtual network was a way to ensure young people do not feel alone. We called it Young Positives.
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    2010: We became the Y+ Programme
    When we heard that the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) was creating a new youth programme, we decided to integrate with them, and in 2010 we became the Y+ Programme. The vision was to mainstream youth issues in GNP+’s work, and see our agenda elevated.

    It became apparent that we needed a way to provide feedback on the development of the Y+ Programme, and so a Y+ Advisory Group was soon born. The 28 YPLHIV volunteers were chosen for their outstanding commitment to voluntary work, as well as their connection to HIV work in their region or community.

    Realising that our work had become a little ad-hoc, the Y+ Advisory Group called for a strategic planning process, to pin down the aims of our network of young people living with HIV.
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    2014: Brought together young representatives
    During this planning session in early 2014, we brought together young representatives of many people living with HIV communities, to share thoughts, ideas and challenges. We were able to create a new vision, mission, governance structure and programmatic priorities for our Y+ network.
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    2015: Creation of our Y+ Steering Committee
    The need for a governance structure translated into the creation of our Y+ Steering Committee in 2015, which serves the entire community of adolescents and YPLHIV. To enhance the responsibilities of our committee members, we reviewed their roles and in 2017 we created the Y+ Board, who now have specific responsibilities, work priorities, rights and duties, as well as a clear process of electing new board members.
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    2017: We created the Y+ Board
    To enhance the responsibilities of our committee members, we reviewed their roles and in 2017 we created the Y+ Board, who now have specific responsibilities, work priorities, rights and duties, as well as a clear process of electing new board members.
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    2020: Registered as the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV
    In this year we registered as the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+ Global) in the Netherlands and we renamed our social digital platforms to the new name.

Y+ Global

Executive and Board Members

The driving wheel behind Y+ Global
Tanaka-Chirombo

East and South Africa
Board Chair

Tanaka Chirombo

Kaweme-Chunga

Central Europe
Deputy Board Chair

Kaweme Chunga

moises-maciel

Latin America
Board Treasurer

Moises Maciel Da Silva

fletcher-chiu

Asia Pacific

Fletcher Chiu

kimberly-springer

Caribbean

Kimberly Amanda Springer

Gilberto-Mendoza

North America

Gilberto Mendoza

igor-kuchin

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Igor Kuchin

Enow-Awah-Georges

Western Central Africa

Enow Awah Georges

Medjahed Mohand Ameziane

Middle East and North Africa

Medjahed Mohand Ameziane



Y+ Global

Executive Office

tinashe-rufurwadzo

Tinashe Rufurwadzo
(He/They)

Director of Programmes, Management and Governance

chinmay-modi

Chinmay Modi
(He/Him)

Senior Programmes Advisor

gabriela-gomero

Gabriela Romero
(She/Her)

Programme Advisor

Maximina-Jokonya

Maximina Jokonya
(She/Her)

HER Voice Fund Coordinator

emilia-madzinga

Emilia Madzinga
(She/Her)

Finance Officer - HER Voice Fund

gabriel-seubboon-chaiyasit

Gabriel Seubboon Chaiyasit
(He/She/They/Them)

Programmes Support

allen-kyendikuwa

Allen N. Kyendikuwa
(She/Her)

Senior Programmes Advisor

maxwell-katekwe

Maxwell Katekwe
(He/Him)

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Officer

joyce-ouma

Joyce Ouma
(She/Her)

Influence & Engagement Advisor

Ayya Shahhat

Ayya Shahhat
(She/Her)

Communication and Evidence Advisor

michael-okun-oliech

Michael Okun Oliech
(He/Him)

Media Engagement and Digital Communication Support

tawanda-aubrey-chibonore

Tawanda Aubrey Chibonore
(He/Him)

Information & Communication Technology Support

fahe-kerubo

Fahe Kerubo
(They/Them)

Diversity & Inclusion Support

Collaboration

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