About BAY Positives
Mission and Goals
The mission of Bay Area Young Positives (BAY Positives) is to help young people (26 and under) with HIV/AIDS to live longer, happier, healthier, more productive, and quality-filled lives. The goals of BAY Positives are to work with HIV positive youth to:
• Decrease their sense of isolation
• Reduce their self-destructive behavior
• Advocate for themselvesin the complicated HIV/AIDS care system
These goals are achieved by focusing on distinct program areas of emotional supoort (support groups & counseling), prevention case management, advocacy, information, referrals, education, outreach, retreats, and social events. BAY Positives is a peer-driven organization that supports the development and leadership of HIV-positive youth.
What makes BAY Positives different from other HIV service providers?
"...I feel like I have good listeners around me. Besides Bay Positives, I don't really know of other places to talk about my issues."
"...caters to the youth...with HIV." "...staff really do care about (the members) well-being."
"...a welcoming and open door kinda atmosphere." "...friendly staff show me the love from the time I walk in the door."
Founded in 1990 as a support group for young people living with HIV/AIDS, BAY Positives grew very quickly. As members noticed there were no agencies geared to meet the needs of young people, they decided to form a nonprofit. In 1993, BAY Positives received its 501(c)(3) status. In 1994, the agency received a federal grant and opened its doors as the first peer-run agency in the world for youth living with HIV/AIDS.
BAY Positives has evolved in the ensuing years, in response to changes in the epidemic, the development of evidence-based prevention interventions and treatments, as well as changes in funding requirements. While its services continue to be rooted in it peer-based approach, the organization is now professionally managed and staffed, including the continued employment of youth and peers with HIV who help deliver services.
Half of new HIV infections strike youth under 25
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