Youth LEAD is the regional network of young key populations (YKPs). We work with YKPs at a higher risk of HIV exposure, and young people living with HIV in the Asia-Pacific region. YKPs include transgender individuals, men who have sex with men, people who engage in sex work, and people who inject drugs. Youth LEAD works with 50 focal points in 22 countries, who work to empower YKPs to advocate for their needs.
Through this network, Youth LEAD is able to connect with YKPs who are typically considered “hard to reach”. Youth LEAD provides a platform for individuals to come together, engage in HIV related issues and to discuss their needs at the community, national, and regional level. Youth LEAD also collaborates with many stakeholders, and is a member of the Asia Pacific Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Young Key Populations.
Strategic Priorities: Strategic Plan 2016-2017
In 2016, Youth LEAD’s Strategic Plan for 2016-2018 commenced. 2017 was a year filled with achievements that aimed to target the five strategic priorities for Youth LEAD. Each of these priorities focuses on the needs of adolescent key populations (AKPs) and YKPs in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Youth LEAD’s Strategic Priorities for 2016- 2018:
Strategic Priority 1
Build capacity in adolescent and young key populations at higher risk of HIV exposure to enable them to strategically contribute to the HIV response at a national, regional and international level.
Strategic Priority 2
Strengthen and expand formal and informal networks that bring together adolescents and young people from key populations at higher risk of HIV exposure to a common platform at a regional and national level.
Strategic Priority 3
Advocate for an enabling policy and legal environment for adolescents and young people from key populations at higher risk of HIV exposure and hold governments accountable to enabling policies and laws.
Strategic Priority 4
Advocate for universal access to comprehensive information and HIV and Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) services for adolescents and young people from key populations at higher risk of HIV exposure.
Strategic Priority 5
Strengthen the organizational capacity and sustainability of Youth LEAD as a uniquely placed and well-respected regional network brining together adolescents and young people from key populations at higher risk of HIV exposure.
Read more of on Youth LEAD’s annual report