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BuddyUp is a youth mentor program for HIV-positive youth to connect with their peers, learn how to manage their health, build relationships and navigate the health care system as they grow older.

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BECOME A MENTOR

Mentors give HIV-positive youth an opportunity to connect with their peers, learn how to manage their health, while navigating the health care system as they grow older. 

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YOUTH

BuddyUp helps young people connect with peers on life experiences, and form friendships with others experiencing similar situations.

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ABOUT

BuddyUp is a support group led by and for youth living with HIV ages 13-24 in Mobile County, AL.  The group will help young people connect with peers on life experiences, and form friendships with others experiencing similar situations. In addition to having youth peers and a ‘peer champion’ to help guide the program – youth will be matched with young adults who have successfully transitioned from pediatric to adult care and/or AIDS Alabama South staff, and/or other community members who would like to be involved in supporting youth.

The BuddyUp program is made possible by support from ViiV Healthcare.

YOUTH

PROGRAM

BuddyUp youth mentor program for HIV positive youth in transition from pediatric care into the general health care system. BuddUp is a support group led by and for youth living with HIV ages 13-24 in Mobile County, AL.  The program will help young people connect with peers on life experiences, and form friendships with others experiencing similar situations. In addition to having youth peers and a ‘peer champion’ to help guide the program – youth can be matched with young adults who have successfully transitioned from pediatric to adult care and/or AIDS Alabama South staff, and/or other community members who would like to be involved in supporting youth. 

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MENTOR

PROGRAM

As a Mentor, your purpose is to help transitioning youth through the transition from adolescent to adult healthcare.

Transitioning from adolescent to adult healthcare settings is a challenging event and may raise a myriad of challenges for HIV+ youth. Mentors work  with HIV+ youth, to coordinate his or her transition from one provider to another. Mentors can be – either HIV+ young adults who have successfully transitioned themselves, or clinic/community workers or volunteers who understand the transition process. Having gone through experience and/or having knowledge of the transition process.  Mentors provide a unique perspective, along with support and guidance, to transitioning youth during this challenging period of change.

 

PARENT/GUARDIAN

SUPPORT GROUP

KoffeeKupp a monthly supportive resource for parents, guardians and other loved ones - where researches, service providers, mentors, and AIDS Alabama South staff can present HIV data, receive feedback, and everyone can ask questions. 

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Parent and/or guardian enrollment applications for KoffeeKupp are now being accepted.  Please sign up below and you will receive information by email.  If you have questions, please email us at buddyup@aidsalabamasouth.org

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ENROLL YOUTH

Youth enrollment applications for BuddyUp are now being accepted.  Please fill sign up below and you will receive information by email.  If you have questions, please email us at buddyup@aidsalabamasouth.org

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BECOME A MENTOR

Mentor applications for BuddyUp are now being accepted.  Please sign up below and you will receive information by email.  If you have questions, please email us at buddyup@aidsalabamasouth.org

 
 

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Nearly half of all new HIV diagnoses in Alabama occur among young people between the ages of 13-24 years old.

 

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OUR TEAM

AIDS Alabama South has been working with youth and young adults for many years.  We facilitate and participate in numerous HIV prevention and advocacy events continuously. The new program is an opportunity for HIV-positive youth to connect with their peers, learn how to manage their health, build relationships and navigate the health care system as they grow older

PARTNERSHIPS

The BuddyUp Program is made possible by support from ViiV Healthcare

ViiV Healthcare
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