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Taking Action: Using Arts-Based Approaches to Develop Aboriginal Youth Leadership in HIV Prevention

Aboriginal  youth are overrepresented in the Canadian HIV epidemic. Arts-based  approaches to engaging youth in health promotion activism have been  effective locally and globally. The goal of this study is to engage  Aboriginal youth in HIV prevention leadership using arts-based  approaches. Specific objectives include: (1) To explore how Aboriginal  youth link structural inequalities with individual risk, HIV and  Aboriginal culture(s) using arts-based methodologies; (2) To  investigate the efficacy of art-based method models of engagement  (e.g., hip-hop, video-photographic documentary, popular theatre, music  and/or dance, etc); (3) To build youth capacity to address HIV issues  in their local communities; (4) To develop and disseminate  community-specific  by youth for youth HIV prevention and support  materials and (5) To create a national digital repository of  by youth  for youth HIV prevention materials.

Click here to visit the Taking Action website.

Click here to visit the Taking Action Facebook page.

UPDATE: The Taking Action Project – Art and Aboriginal Youth Leadership for HIV Prevention is now in Part II and looking for Aboriginal youth across Canada ages 16 to 25 to be leaders in the HIV/AIDS movement! More info here.

Watch the Taking Action II Call for Aboriginal Youth Leaders Video here.

For more information about this project, please contact:

Emily Hostland, Projects Coordinator
416 736 2100 ex. 20712
hostland@yorku.ca