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The mission of Bay Area Young Positives (BAY Positives) is to help young people (aged 26 and under) with HIV/AIDS to live happier, healthier, more productive and quality-filled lives.
The goals of BAY Positives are to work with individual HIV-positive young people to:
- Decrease their sense of isolation
- Reduce their self-destructive behavior
- Advocate for themselves in the complicated
HIV/AIDS Care System
Founded in 1990 as a support group for young people living with HIV/AIDS, BAY Positives grew very quickly. As members of the support group noticed that there were no agnecies geared to meeting the special needs of HIV-positive youth, they decided to form their own agency.
In 1993, BAY Positives received its FEIN and 501(c)3 status. In 1994, the agency received its first substantial federal grant and opened its doors as the first peer-run agency in the world for young people living with HIV/AIDS
Since that time, the agency has served over 1,000 HIV-positive youth through direct services, and thousands more youth through outreach and educational ventures.
All staff members, including the Executive Director, actively participate in our direct service programs, including street, venue and Internet-based outreach and education; risk reduction counseling and case management; linkage and referral services; weekend clinical intensives; social events; weekly support groups; and career training and development.
Services are provided in a setting that offers a safe haven for our members, where HIV-positive youth can stop in to receive any support they want when they want it.
Our Drop-In Day Center offers emotional support, social connections, vocational services, resume development, food and entertainment, and Internet/email access, as well as active linkages & referrals to health, housing, employment, entitlement and other essential services.
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