TALKING HIV STATS, SUGAR-DADDIES AND MOMMIES
Fitting for a fresh, youth-driven organization, Young 1ove will bring together artists, poets, musicians and radio personalities to kick off a national information campaign against intergenerational sex.
Guest speakers and performers include Tumie Ramsden, Team Distant, Apollo, DJ T-izzy, Abb7y, StaxXx and Sasa Klaas.
The free for all event will be held on Saturday, March 22nd as part of the Month of Youth Against HIV/AIDS at the University of Botswana Amphitheater rom 6-9pm.
Young 1ove aims to bridge the gap between millions of youth seeking real answers to tough problems, especially life-saving information about sex.
Co-founder and Executive Director Noam Angrist says, “There is so much information out there, but it’s hard to know what is reliable and effective.
We bring our research skills to bear, and scale-up HIV education programs that have been proven to actually effect behavior change.
We’re all about connecting youth to information they need, and information that matters.”
The launch event will reveal startling statistics about HIV by age emphasizing the risks associated with “sugar daddies” and “sugar mommies.”
The event will also showcase a movie that reduced teen pregnancy and unprotected sex by 28% in Kenya, with live audience participation through texting and Facebook broadcasts sponsored by The Voice.
Apollo, Abb7y and StaxXx have collaborated on a song, which will debut at the event.
“We believe in the power of art and music to transform the world, and we’re very proud to be part of this effort,” Abb7y says.
Their new song promotes healthy relationships and will go live on the airwaves immediately after the Young 1ove launch.
Young 1ove was created by youth for youth: started by a group of students at the University of Botswana and two U.S. Fulbright scholars earlier this year, Young 1ove is harnessing the power of youth to generate social change.
“We have a great team and big hopes for what’s ahead,” says Angrist. “The launch event is incredibly exciting, and we look forward to growing from there.”
Sponsors for the event include: The Botswana Education Research Association (BERA), The United States Embassy, The University of Botswana Health and Wellness Center and Student Services and The Voice.