HIV/AIDS | According to the DC Department of Health’s data, 41% of those diagnosed with HIV last year were youth between the ages of 13 and 24, and majority were Black, gay males. There are organizations working to help those with HIV in DC, but many aren’t staffed or founded by the communities they serve. Advocates say this needs to change. (WAMU, 8/3)
Mally Hatcher, Casa Ruby’s Director of Youth & Supportive Services, says the organization functions as a “circle of care.” Many of her clients contracted HIV during sex work or survival sex — the practice of trading sex for basic needs — or were exposed to the virus while experiencing homelessness.
Many Casa Ruby clients say its staff understands them in ways that other LGBTQ organizations aren’t able to. Hatcher says that’s because Casa Ruby was founded by the people it aims to serve. She’s a formerly homeless black trans woman, and “actually looks like” the people that she works with every day.
Related: The Washington AIDS Partnership, who is mentioned in the article, had this to say, “The Washington AIDS Partnership is stepping up its investment in HIV prevention among youth through grants to organizations like SMYAL and La Clinica del Pueblo, and through the Partnership’s Health Corps program which places young people at local organizations to do direct service around health, HIV, housing and food access, and hospice care. More than half of the Health Corps team works with young people at risk for HIV, supporting them to access services and providing life-saving health information. We encourage other funders to step up and invest in the city’s youth.“
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT | Opinion: A new Congress could restore the promise of the Voting Rights Act (The Hill, 8/6)
NONPROFITS | Vu Le, Nonprofit AF blogger, discusses the benefits of fiscal sponsorship and why foundations should fund nonprofits that utilize them. (NAF, 7/31)
DISTRICT | Community groups amp up $1B legal fight against D.C. over gentrification (WBJ, 8/3)
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | State and local economic development organizations presented an economic outlook for Virginia at a Loudoun Chamber of Commerce event. (Loudoun Times, 8/5)
WORKFORCE | How school officials in the region are using career and technical education programs to give students a greater chance of future success. (WAMU, 8/3)
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