Announcing the 2014 Policy & Advocacy Summit

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The Young Black Gay Men’s Leadership Initiative (YBGLI) is excited to announce it’s second Policy & Advocacy Summit (PAS). The PAS aims to build capacity and leadership of young Black gay men to effectively influence and impact domestic knowledge and information sharing towards improving HIV prevention, care and treatment for our community. Held in Atlanta, GA from Wednesday, April 2 – Friday, April 4, 2014 the PAS summit seeks to bring together young Black men who have sex with men (YBMSM) leaders under the age of 30 from across the United States.

Applicants will be selected based on a proven track of individual leadership skills, mobilizations and ability to display grassroots organizing on local and regional levels. The PAS will include an advocacy and mobilization training to encourage activist at the local, state and national level through new media and effective ongoing engagement of the community.

If you would like to attend this ground breaking PAS, please complete the application via the link below and provide your current resume/CV via email to summit@ybgli.org by Friday, January 3, 2014. Summit applicants will be notified by Friday, January 24, 2014 of their acceptance to attend. Those accepted to attend will be required to participant in a pre-conference webinar on Monday, March 17, 2014

Top 10 FAQ’s about the 2014 Policy & Advocacy Summit

1.  What is the Policy & Advocacy Summit (PAS)?

The YBGLI will host its second Policy and Advocacy Summit (PAS). The PAS aims to build capacity and leadership of young Black gay men to effectively influence and impact domestic knowledge and information sharing towards improving HIV prevention, care and treatment for our community.

2. Who is eligible to apply/attend the 2014 Policy and Advocacy Summit?

Eligible participants include youth between the ages of 18 – 29 years of age. Participants should identify as an African American/Black man who self identifies as gay, bisexual, same gender loving or as a man who have sex with men. All applicants must be a resident of the United States.

3. How does the application process work? 

The application is available at http://bit.ly/14ybglipas. All applicants are required to answer demographic questions, e-mail a professional headshot and their resume/CV to summit@ybgli.org and provide personal statements that address interest in attending. Participants will be able to complete an application until Friday, January 3, 2014. Only completed applicantsa will be eligible for selection. All selected applicants will be notified by email on Friday, January 24, 2014.

4. What is expected of my participation in the summit?

Selected participants are expected to participate in pre-conference webinar scheduled for Monday, March 17, 2014 and during all scheduled activities throughout the PAS.

5. What is the cost to attend the summit?

There is no a cost associated in attending the 2014 PAS. However, in effort to have the greatest impact and include more participants your employer/organizational affiliate or you can contribute financially or other in-kind donations to assist us in ensuring our funding goals are reached.

6. What should I wear/bring to the summit?

Participants are expected to dress in business casual (ie. chino/slacks, collared shirts, and ties) during summit sessions. Participants not in proper attire may be asked not to participate in  activities and/or asked to leave the PAS before completion.  Participants are encouraged to use social media during session and are encouraged to bring their tablets and/or laptops.

7. What will I learn/do at the summit?

The 2014 PAS hope participants will increase their knowledge and awareness of key health policies affecting young black gay men. YBGLI aims to facilitate the expansion of advocacy and mobilization efforts among YBMSM in communities across the nation.

8. How many participants will attend the summit?

The 2014 PAS will bring 60 participants from across the nation to attend the summit.

9. If I can’t attend the summit, how else can I participate/get involved with YBGLI?

Certain sessions during the 2014 PAS will be streamed across the internet. Holding true to our tradition, we will also have a Twitter Town Hall and encourage you to participate in the conversation.

10. Whom should I contact if I have more questions about the 2014 PAS summit?

Contact the YBGLI at summit@ybgli.org for summit related questions and to inquire about sponsorship opportunities.

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