About GYCA

GYCA is a youth-led global network of over 8,575 young leaders and adult allies working on youth and HIV/AIDS in over 170 countries world-wide. GYCA's mission is to empower young leaders with the skills, knowledge, resources and opportunities they need to scale up HIV/AIDS interventions amongst their peers.

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Voices from the Field

  • Final blog post for ‘Promoting awareness and empowerment in Nepalese adolescents on HIV and AIDS and drug use’.

    by Vinita on July 4, 2010 | 1:26 PM

    Dear GYCA members, Hello once again from Nepal. This is my final blog post wherein I will be talking about the final outcomes of my project, along with the successes and challenges faced throughout. We were aiming to increase the number of youngsters having right information about peer-pressure, drug use and HIV and AIDS and empowering young Nepalese to prevent and not be a part of peer pressure driving the vicious cycle of drug use and HIV through extensive participation with collaboration and partnership with school administration, parents, management committees and other civic organizations. We were able to reach 370 youngsters with the right information among which 75% showed raised awareness level in the post-test survey. We...


  • Small Grants Project Management Challenges

    by Numfor Alenwi on June 18, 2010 | 5:46 AM

    The emergence of young leaders in project management has exposed some pertinent challenges in managing small grants projects. The execution of Our Chances with HIV Project' in Cameroon was a great experience on such challenges. We faced challenges like scope changes, adherence to HIV confidentiality policy and working with partners. Let me share an experience on scope changes.

    GYCA announce the award of small grants for my project in January. That was quite timely since the project  was planned for January to June 2010 in consideration of the National Youth Week that runs from February 1st...



  • Youth Need an AIDS Vaccine

    by Gillian on

    An AIDS vaccine, used in combination with other prevention tools, will be uniquely suited to the needs of youth, but no prevention tool will protect young people if it is not designed to respond to their unique social, legal and cultural realities.

  • GYCA World AIDS Report 2007

    by Kirsten on

    On December 1st, 2007, members of the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) commemorated World AIDS Day with 104 local events in 34 countries. The goal of the events was to highlight the pressing need to build youth leadership and to listen to the voices of young leaders fighting HIV and AIDS in their communities. Despite the fact that 40% of the 2.5 million new infections each year occur in young people aged 15 to 24, young leaders are uniting to inspire others from our generation to take action against HIV and AIDS on our own terms - through street theater, care for AIDS orphans, peer education and work with young injecting drug users. GYCA events were organized in partnership with the World AIDS Campaign's "Take the Lead" World...

  • World AIDS Day Campaign Kit (2007)

    by Kirsten on

    For World AIDS Day 2008, GYCA is partnering again with World AIDS Campaign to coordinate youth-led World AIDS Day events worldwide. This year’s theme is leadership: which gives you an opportunity to highlight youth leadership through a wide range of possible activities in your community. Last year, GYCA mobilized its powerful network and members organized 50 events in 30 countries.1 This year, we are hoping to target more youth in more countries to “Take the Lead” in ending the spread of HIV! Focusing on our theme of leadership, you can organize an event that best suits the needs of your own community. It could be a networking meeting, a training, a film screening, a panel discussion, a letter writing session to public...

  • 2012 World AIDS Day Event Organizing Toolkit

    by Gillian on

    This toolkit will help you organize an event, a training, a film screening, a panel discussion, a protest, or another event that is well-suited to the need of your community on World AIDS Day.

  • Steady, Ready, Go! Advocating for Effective Youth HIV Prevention Interventions

    by slylynx on

    GYCA and TakingITGlobal, with the support of the WHO, created a youth-friendly version of the WHO publication taking stock of HIV prevention programs for youth.

  • Youth Leadership: Recommendations for Sustainability

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    GYCA, Advocates for Youth, aids2031, CHOICE, World AID Campaign, Youth Coalition, YouthRISE

  • Egypt National Youth Shadow Report 2008

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    GYCA UNGASS National Youth Shadow Reports

  • India National Youth Shadow Report 2008

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    GYCA UNGASS National Youth Shadow Reports

  • Jamaica National Youth Shadow Report 2008

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    GYCA UNGASS National Youth Shadow Reports

GYCA Directory

  • Africa-USA-Europe Youth Coaction (AUEYC)

    Harare, Zimbabwe

    Empower the co-action of young people across Africa, USA and Europe to create, develop and implement their potential skills; fulfill their aspirations; and to become part of history making through a free total co-active participation in any socioeconomic, academic and political developments.

  • Improved Sexual Health and Rights Advocacy Initiative ( ISHRAI )

    Lagos, Nigeria

    ISHRAI envisions a society that celebrates diversity, acknowledges the dignity and enhances adequate access to proper health care for grass-root sexual minority persons in Nigeria. To advocate for the protection of sexual minority persons from human rights violations, and the implementation of protective legal and policy frameworks. To strengthen the capacity of individuals working to improve policy, legislation and programming related to sexual & reproductive health issues affecting sexual minority.

  • Youth Program for the Development of Africa

    Goma, Congo (Democratic Republic)

    notre organisation a comme vision : la promotion de la jeunesse, sa vision est la vision d'une jeunesse réussie, mais aussi servir d'un cadre d'expression pour les jeunes congolais y compris d'Afrique, notre organisation se fixe aussi comme mission et vision le développement communautaire et intégral de la république démocratique du congo


    Abuja, Nigeria

    Campus Mobilization (Group) Against HIV/AIDS, CAMAH is a campus based students oriented anti -HIV/AIDS campaign organisation. It is the National Coalition of Nigerian Students against HIV/AIDS which is existing in virtually all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria.

  • Youth Development and Voice Initiative (Yovi)

    Tamale, Ghana

    YOVI envisages a society free from child abuses, gender inequalities, HIV/AIDS, violence against women and child streetism, by creating an atmosphere where children, women and youth would have a voice and be outspoken through active participation in decision-making from the grassroots to national level.

Focal Point Updates

  • GYCA NFP-Ghana updates from the Africa Youth & Governance Conference

    by Sydney Tetteh Hushie on August 23, 2012 | 12:03 PM


    The World Bank Group in 2008 projected that by 2015, there will be 3 Billion young people; 2.5 Billion of them will be living in developing countries. Youth population in Sub-Saharan Africa has been projected to grow at a very fast rate while declining in China, Eastern Europe, and the Developed World. Meanwhile, the number of jobs available for this fast growing population is extremely small.

    This year’s African Youth and Governance Conference held in Accra, Ghana therefore focused on Partnerships for Job Creation; A Wheel for Transformational Governance. Being the 4th of its kind, the conference...



    by Sydney Tetteh Hushie on August 22, 2012 | 12:05 PM


    International AIDS Conference took completely another dimension for me this time in 2012. My simple definition is to attend, make new partnership, form alliances with international recognized organization, advocates for my interest in the field, making formal presentations, etc.
    The tussle began when I was refused scholarship to attend and I need to pay a sum of $690 for my conference registration if I must attend AIDS 2012. I paid this sum and secure my attendance.

    Youth Pre-conference was where the drama began. It often prelude all/most International AIDS Conferences and I had the privilege of meeting all my long-lost friends that I met in Vienna @ the AIDS 2010. I attended all HIV/AIDS...


40% of all new HIV infections occur among young people 15-24 years old.

– UNAIDS, AIDS Epidemic Update - 2009

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