AIDS 2018 Youth Pre-Conference

We are organising the AIDS 2018 Youth Pre-conference (20 – 22 July) with our friends at the Amsterdam Youth Force!

The aim of the Youth Pre-conference is to empower young people by providing a stage for youth across borders to speak, teach the necessary skills, learn and relax without asking permission to and therefore claiming their own space and power.

This conference will be a fusion of science, activism, arts, networking and entertainment where scientist, activists, youths from vulnerable communities and youths who want to teach and learn about HIV meet other youths who share the same passion and interests.


Find out more information about each themed house and register for the Youth Pre-conference.


To give young people a fair opportunity to attend the Pre-conference, Amsterdam Youth Force and Y+ are giving scholarships to young people across the world. The scholarship will cover participation fee, and accommodation and/or travel.

Please note the deadline for scholarship applications has now expired.

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Workshop themes

During the conference, there will be workshops led under the following themed houses. Workshops will be delivered by people from all over the world who are passionate about sharing what they have learned in HIV activism (including prevention, treatment access and advocacy projects).

The Leader

The Leader house will teach you as our next leader, to define your goals and become an inspirational and effective leader. Workshops include:

  • Leadership & HIV prevention among marginalized young people
  • Meaningful Youth Participation
  • Effective leadership

The Campaigner

The Campaigner house will teach you how to use campaigns in the fight against HIV and AIDS, promote comprehensive sexual education, and skills on guiding such outreach. Workshops include:

  • People Powered Campaign
  • Shifting the lens: New strategies toward mobilizing MSM- and TG- youth for enhanced HIV service delivery and outreach
    Humsafar Trust
  • Youth and Movement Building: How young people can co-create movements

The Co-creator

The Co-creator house will give you skills on guiding such outreach by learning about brainstorming, receiving feedback and co-creating. You will then be able to help your peers identify and narrow down a problem and turn this into a solution or product. Workshops include:

  • Tools for Co-creation and Design Thinking
  • Co-creating the future with the use of technology
  • Use of Social Media in the fight against HIV
    Diipa Khosla

The Lobbyist

The Lobbyist house will focus on strengthening your skills to help steer policy and decision makers in the right direction. Workshops include:

  • Strategy Development and Public Affairs
    Public Affairs Academy
  • Keeping Policy Makers Accountable in the UN Advocacy Arena
    Youth Coalition
  • Budget Advocacy: Lobbying for funds
    Youth Lead, Youth Rise, GNYP+

The Manager

The Manager house will discuss how to scale up ideas to movements to effective organizations, and how to manage these effectively and durably. Workshops include:

  • Effective Management: Setting up and running an organisation effectively
    GNP+ & partners
  • READY+ Project: From a project to a movement
  • Project management: Promising practices of youth-led program

The Activist

The Activist house will address human rights issues that are most present these days, including those that affect sex workers, transgender people and LGBTIQ+, and how to best improve their rights. Workshops include:

  • Changing the Rules: How can young people challenge laws and policies that deny women and girls their reproductive rights?
  • Trans rights: Punitive laws & access to health care
    Ministry of Health – Brazil
  • Demanding your place: International rights for young sex workers

The Advocate

The Advocate house will share experiences from established advocacy platforms to learn how to become more effective in our effort ourselves. Workshops include:

  • Effective community engagement and translating high-level advocacy messages to reach youth organizations in the SRHR World
    Amsterdam Youth Force, International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
  • Tackling the Obstacles in Advocacy: A youth perspective
  • The Fact-Finding Matrix: Enabling Youth to hold their Governments Accountable to International Human Rights Obligations
    Shama Abbasi, Jindal Global Law School, India

The Gender Specialist

The Gender Specialist house will empower women on sexual equality, bodily autonomy and gender sensitive policy making. Workshops include:

  • Equal chances and rights
    Love Planet
  • Phenomenal woman: Sexual safety and bodily autonomy
    Uganda Youth Coalition on Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health Rights
  • Women Leadership and Participation in the HIV Response/Women and Girls
    Athena, Nalwanga Resty Tendo

The Peer Counselor

The Peer Counselor house will empower those facing (self-)stigma to eventually become a peer counselor themselves. Workshops include:

  • Bridging the virtual and real: LGBTQ e-support groups for stronger health- and rights-focused outreach
    Humsafar Trust
  • Faith and Support – Religion as a tool for Peer Counselling
    Collaboration with the Interfaith Pre-conference

The Peer Educator

The Peer Educator house will cover what is takes to become a peer educator, providing you with sufficient skills to update your knowledge based on accurate online information. Workshops include:

  • “What’s eating everyone’s noodle?”- a mental health workshop for youth peer-educators
    Humsafar Trust
  • Tackling challenges faced by adolescents living with and affected by HIV: An EECA perspective
  • “No Sex Before Marriage!” – A dialogue between youth and religious leaders

The SRHR Specialist

The SRHR Specialist house will engage the audience in the global challenges around sexual taboo and sexual consent, and how these relate to HIV prevention. Workshops include:

  • Effective family planning and HIV programming for youth: A matter of human rights and key to economic development.
    International Youth Alliance for Family Planning
  • Tools for Comprehensive Sexual Education
    Right Here Right Now
  • Youth friendly services, safe and legal abortion
    Right Here Right Now

The Medical Specialist

The Medical Specialist house will be full of do’s and don’ts for health care workers around people living with HIV (PLHIV). Workshops include:

  • Do’s and don’ts in service provision to adolescent and young people living with HIV
  • Drug compliance: strategies for stimulating and improving drug adherence
    Amsterdam Youth Force
  • Take care of YOURSELF! Support for self-initiated interventions for SRHR

The Prevention Specialist

The Prevention Specialist house will zoom in on the problematic aspect of this trend in a non-judgmental fashion, and will cover how best to approach these issues and how to reduce harm and prevent new HIV infections while empowering people to make their own choices. Workshops include:

  • Be Prepared: Workshop on PrEP
    Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Nigeria
  • Young people who use drugs: an EECA perspective on preventing HIV transmission
    AFEW International

The Pharmacist

The Pharmacist house will go in-depth into the processes of medicine logistics and accessibility in various parts of the world, from pharmaceutical companies to local pharmacies. Workshops include:

  • Medicine Logistics
    Platform for Supply Chain Management
  • Access to medicine: the role of intellectual property management
    Universities Allied for Essential Medicine