WHAT WE DO
Youth LEAD is the largest network of young key populations in the Asia Pacific, working directly with key populations and for their needs. Recognising that youth-led or youth-serving organisations/networks often have difficulty in securing funds; Youth LEAD began providing grants since 2013 to support the YKP movement and YKP organisations. In 2019, Youth LEAD is now supporting 14 organisations across the Asia Pacific through the help of several key funding agencies.
"Youth LEAD is an institution for change, providing YKP grassroots organisations with the tools and support to better their communities in the Asia Pacific region." - Vanessa Monley, Programme Officer at Youth LEAD
YKP Grants Programme
The Robert Carr Fund (RCF), The Global Fund (GF) and various United Nations agencies have been supporting Youth LEAD since 2013. Part of the funding from RCF, GF and the UN have been mobilised to support the YKP Grants Programmes. The programme is aimed at ensuring the human rights of young key populations (YKP) are respected, and the impact of HIV and AIDS is mitigated through the meaningful involvement of YKP in gaining equal and equitable access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. Several UN agencies such as UNFPA APRO, UNAIDS RST, UNICEF ROSA and UNICEF EAPRO have also contributed to the YKP Grants Programme in their commitments to support YKP programmes and organisations across Asia and the Pacific. Since 2013, Youth LEAD and through the support of our stakeholders have granted more than a cumulative total of USD 760,000 to various YKP organisations across Asia and the Pacific.
Every two years Youth LEAD opens a call to youth-led or youth-serving organisations and networks working on young key population issues to access YKP Grants.
To find out more on the YKP Grants Programme, email firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on social media for regular updates.
Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)
Youth LEAD has partnered with Y-PEER APC (Global Network of Young People working on SRHR) since 2014 to expedite the process of SRHR and HIV integration at the country and regional levels. Some examples include studies on SRHR needs of YKP and skill-building sessions at the International and Regional AIDS Conferences.
Our country partners lead the country-level advocacy. Youth LEAD supports advocacy through the YKP Grants Programme, offers technical support and establishes strategic partnership to leverage the network's presence. Some of our advocacy agendas include influencing national policies such as the National Strategic Plan on HIV, YKP friendly HIV interventions, engagement of YKP in decision-making levels (e.g. Country Coordinating Mechanism - The Global Fund), addressing legal barriers and challenges (e.g. age of consent), the Global Fund country proposal development, and much more.
The Youth LEAD secretariat primarily leads the regional and global advocacy with support from its board member, country network partners and focal points. Youth LEAD consistently explores opportunities to engage in crucial meetings such as Inter-governmental Meetings (e.g. APPC, APFSD, IGM on HIV, High-Level meetings), AIDS conferences, SRHR conferences, the Global Fund Board Meeting and UNAIDS PCB meeting. Additionally, Youth LEAD has on various occasions co-organized pre-youth forums for APPC and APFSD with regional partners; have been involved as a delegation member to the Global Fund Board; have been observers at the UNIADS PCB meetings, and have been steering committee members for SRHR conference. These are the platforms where regional and global dialogues take place when it comes to decisions being made directly/indirectly on young key populations.
Youth LEAD is proud to work in partnership with various global working groups on young key populations.
IATT (Inter-Agency Task Team on Young Key Populations)
Youth LEAD has been a member of the Interagency Task Team on Young Key Populations (IATT) since 2012 and has co-chaired the task team in 2015 and 2019. The IATT is a collaboration of civil society organisation/networks and UN agencies working on young key populations in the Asia Pacific and holds bi-monthly meetings in Bangkok, Thailand. The IATT works collaboratively to address emerging key population trends and is founded on strengthening partnerships between members working on HIV.
4Youth - Global YKP Consortium
The 4Youth consortium is comprised of four regional and global networks working on HIV under the RCF grant for 2019 - 2021. Youth LEAD (Asia Pacific network of young key populations), YPEER (Global network of young people working on SRHR), Y+ (Global network of young people living with HIV) and Youth RISE (Global network of young people who use drugs) came together in 2019 to form 4Youth. The consortium is working to advance global efforts on youth in the HIV response through the strengthening of networks.
The PACT is a vibrant coalition of more than 80 youth-led and youth serving organisations working collaboratively and strategically in the global HIV response. The PACT unites youth organizations working at national, regional and global levels to fight for the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people. Youth LEAD has been a member of the PACT since its inception in August 2013 and has taken various leadership roles on different thematic workstreams.