Local RAIN Organization Awarded Funding For Youth Programs

From left to right: Catherine Kamara (Youth Navigator) – Professional Development Mentee and helps positive youth address holistic and social needs. Morque Bostic (Youth Navigator) – Professional Development Mentee and helps positive youth address holistic and social needs. Adrian Ross (Peer Navigator) – Mentor to the Youth Navigators and helps positive youth address medical needs.

Local Charlotte organization, RAIN, Inc., was recently awarded funding from ViiV Healthcare’s Positive Action for Youth grant program.

ViiV Healthcare, a global specialist HIV company dedicated to delivering advances in treatment and care for people living with HIV, launched Positive Action for Youth in April 2017.

The program is a two-year, $1 million grant commitment in U.S. mentorship programs for youth aged 13–24 living with HIV as they enter and begin to navigate adult care. Positive Action for Youth builds on the existing Positive Action grants that have helped people living with HIV across the globe. Because of its dedication to making a difference, ViiV Healthcare initially launched Positive Action in 1992 as the first global pharmaceutical program to support people living with HIV, their caregivers and the HIV community.

About the RAIN, Inc., Program

Through this funding, RAIN, Inc., will receive support for the expansion and enhancement of a mentoring project for youth living with HIV aged 13–24. Peer Navigators will mentor Youth Navigators in development skills, while the Youth Navigators will mentor a small group of youth leaders to better serve youth living with HIV to enter and engage in their care. RAIN, Inc., is focused on providing personalized support services for people living with HIV and associated chronic conditions. RAIN, Inc., is also a community leader in reducing stigma.

To read more about the program and the other grantees selected to receive funding, please go here:https://us.viivhealthcare.com/us-news/us-articles/2016/viiv-healthcare-expands-us-commitment-to-youth-living-with-hiv-through-its-positive-action-program.aspx.




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