Project Innovate increases the potential of Black queer cisgender and transgender men who strive to become small business owners to flourish economically and confront HIV stigma through training, mentorship, and micro-grants. With this dual-purpose, the multiple disparities that contribute to the ongoing HIV epidemic are also addressed. This constitutes progress toward ending the HIV epidemic on both the individual and community levels.
Project Innovate has three specific goals:
i. Nurture young leaders ages 18 to 29 in their response to HIV stigma, care, and prevention by providing them with mentorship toward growing their skills and confidence.
ii. Use youth-created and youth-focused initiatives to reduce stigma and increase access and awareness of HIV.
iii. Encourage youth living with HIV and those vulnerable to see themselves as part of the HIV response and the 2030 plan to get to zero new cases.
To become an Innovator – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1dSsM27ghCxPovWpJdchYTpgp433oB5BJtb0rFZEgRhw/edit
To become a mentor – https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Nkby0rucFJrLpVaU-eSV9uuYOmf4YF3preuuH4R7uL0/edit
Program Contact Information
Ja’Mel Ware – Project Manager – [email protected] – (404) 267-1519 ext 700
Frequently Asked Questions:
18-29 years old before the program start date.
Idea stage or advance stage. This business foundation program has something for everyone.
1-2 evenings per week.
$2,000 micro-grant for your project/business and a $2,000 micro-grant for living expenses.
No. The program welcomes same-gender-loving cis-gender men and queer, straight, bi, or same-gender loving transgender men.
Project Innovate Testimonials