Youth Engagement Coordinator, LetsStopAIDS
Claire Wilmot and Carli Melo, recent McGill University graduates, are currently participating in the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Claire and Carli are interning through the Canadian non-governmental organization LetsStopAIDS at the Dududu Drop-In Centre in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa from August 2013 to February 2014. They are working to build the capacity of the Dududu Drop-In Centre to develop and implement new programs that address poverty alleviation, skills development, and empowerment. Namely, they are working to secure funding for a youth computer literacy program, expand the activities of a women’s income-generating group, and develop the capacity of the Dududu Youth Club to cultivate a generation of young people who have the leadership and life skills to reach their full potential.
HIV is a development issue not simply because of its detrimental impact on economic productivity and the health status of a community, but because low levels of socioeconomic development are actually creating a context in which HIV continues to be spread. When youth perceive their future prospects as exceedingly bleak, they are more inclined to partake in high-risk behaviour.
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