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Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA)
(PHI program 2013-2016)

The Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA) was a youth-led global network of over 800 young people and adult allies working on youth and HIV/AIDS in over 170 countries worldwide. GYCA's mission was to empower young leaders with the skills, knowledge, resources and opportunities they need to scale up HIV/AIDS interventions amongst their peers.

GYCA closed on July 31, 2016. To learn more about the closure, read the Closing Letter. GYCA's most recent tools, resources, and publications are available on its website until January 2017. After January 2017, they will remain available here.

Program Director(s)

Esther Tahrir

Program Site



Link Up: Achieving Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for Young People Living With and Affected by HIV

GYCA partnered with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ATHENA Network, Marie Stopes International, Population Council, and local partners to achieve the realization of sexual and reproductive health and rights for young people living with and affected by HIV in 5 countries in Asia and Africa. GYCA's role in the project was managed by Julie Mellin, Project Manager.

In its role as a global policy partner in the consortium, GYCA: 1) participated in the Program Board and Steering Committee; 2) supported young people living with and affected by HIV to influence the post-MDG framework and the ICPD+20 processes to include a strong commitment to the SRHR of young people from marginalized groups; 3) provided technical support and capacity-building to consortium partners around meaningful youth engagement, global advocacy, and SRHR and HIV integration. The consortium project was funded by BUZA, the Dutch foreign ministry, and ran from 2013 to 2016. Please read more about the project at www.link-up.org.

Training and Development of Youth HIV Organizations through E-Courses

From 2008 to 2016, GYCA implemented group training through E-courses and provided resources to sustain continuous learning opportunities for youth organizations during their second, third and fourth years as Staying Alive Foundation (SAF) grantees. Through these activities GYCA helped SAF achieve its goal of helping its grantees become stronger advocates for HIV prevention.

Youth Advocacy for HIV Prevention Research

The Global Youth Coalition on AIDS (GYCA) will 1) write an advocacy briefing paper on youth and HIV vaccine research; 2) create a factsheet on youth and HIV vaccine research; 3) identify a youth 'champion'/representative for the 2012 International AIDS Conference to be held in July; 4) develop a long-term, transparent process for recruiting and engaging youth champions to advocate for HIV vaccine research; 5) develop and facilitate an E-course on youth, HIV and new prevention technology and 6) identify a facilitation consultant to help facilitate the E-course along with GYCA staff.