Project LIYT

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.
-Audre Lorde

Project LIYT
Leadership + Innovation + Youth + Technology
Shine Your Light!
About Us: Youth Tech Health Initiative

The YTH Initiative (formerly YTH) is an initiative of ETR, a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 with offices across California and employees around the United States. Using innovative methods and new media, the YTH Initiative advances the health and wellness of young people through technology. YTH empowers young people to make informed decisions about their health.

LIYT Project/Goal:

The goal of this project is to stimulate, and support youth driven and youth-centered innovation for increasing access and utilization of HIV prevention, testing, and treatment services by identifying, supporting and co-creating solutions with youth living with or affected by HIV. Selected participants will receive a mini grant of up to $5000.

This is a 12-month mentorship innovator program that partners youth with an innovation to health and tech professionals to co-build and harness their wisdom, resilience and creativity to be authentic in our work.

Youth Innovators are supported to develop their own Capacity Building Assistance (CBA).

Who Can Apply?
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Youth ages 13-24, must be within this age once the winners are selected
  • Black, African American, and others from the African Diaspora, Latino/Latinx
  • US Resident
  • HIV positive or affected by HIV
  • Leadership experience such as- volunteering, engagement in your community, and school based extracurricular activities
  • An original innovative idea for HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care

*Priority will be given to people of color, transgender, non-binary, intersex, and/or queer applicants including- lesbian, gay, bisexual, same gender loving, pansexual
*No formal education requirements

We can disagree and still love each other, unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.
-James Baldwin

Youth Development Principles

The underlying philosophy of youth development is holistic, preventative and positive, focusing on the development of assets and competencies in all young people. Key elements to the Youth Development approach are the following:

  • Youth are viewed as a valued and respected asset to society;
  • Policies and programs focus on the evolving developmental needs and tasks of adolescents, and involve youth as partners rather than clients; families, schools and communities are engaged in developing environments that support youth;
  • Adolescents are involved in activities that enhance their competence, connections, character, confidence and contribution to society;
  • Adolescents are provided an opportunity to experiment in a safer environment and to develop positive social values and norms; and adolescents are engaged in activities that promote self-understanding, self-worth, and a sense of belonging and resiliency.

Applications will be accepted between July 24th, 2019 – August 15th, 2019 August 27th, 2019 (deadline extended!)
No applications will be accepted after August 24th, 2019 at 11:59pm PDT.
Make sure to double check that you meet the eligibility requirements before submitting an application. Applicants are invited to a webinar overviewing the submission process in August. Applications will be accepted during the above listed time period only, no exceptions! Applications will be screened by our team weekly and shortlisted for a video or in-person interview. Grantees will be notified by email that LIYT would like to invest in their innovation. Once our judges have selected grantees, we will host an orientation webinar to make sure mentors and grantees are on the same page.


Create a profile, answer the required questions, and submit contact information for 3 references along with a video pitching your innovation that doesn’t exceed 3 minutes.

Register (registration is now closed)

This section is to provide you with the opportunity to read the declaration that you must agree to, upon submission of your application.

You agree that by submitting this application to Callaghan Innovation, you declare and acknowledge the following:

  • I am authorized to submit the application on behalf of the applicant;
  • the applicant is a legal entity capable of entering into a contract with ETR;
  • the applicant is a minor and has obtain parent or guardian approval to participant in this program;
  • the information in the application is true and correct;
Video Submissions:

All grantees will be required to submit a video along with their applications. Videos should 1) Identify a challenge, 2) Describe your proposed solution, and 3) How you plan to utilize your grantee funds if chosen.

Like a lot of Black women, I have always had to invent the power my freedom requires.
-June Jordan

Submission Options:
  • Only submissions made on the grant’s management portal will be considered.
  • Only complete applications will be reviewed.
  • Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes.

Submitted applications will be reviewed by our team of judges which consist of a mix of 2 project staff persons and 3 judges from the community representing Brown sexual minorities living with HIV, who have worked in public health and have first-hand experience at advancing conversations around HIV using innovative strategies.

What to Expect if Contacted for an Interview?

If contacted for an interview, know that you will be speaking with a panel of up to 5 people, consisting of YTH TAB, YAB members, and staff “external youth innovators”.

Panelists will be trained on an objective scoring tool to ensure standardization and remove individual biases to the selection process.

This will be completed in a presentation pitch style using a virtual interview.

You will be judged on:
  • Innovativeness & Creativity
  • Potential for impact
  • Feasibility
  • Viability
  • Desirability
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Please use this section if we ask you to supply more information after you have submitted your application. It helps us locate the latest information within your application more quickly.

When will you know if you’re in?

This is scheduled for a six-month application and selection process. Due to the high demand of applicants we don’t have the capacity to let everyone know the status of their application. Selected awardees will be announced by 08/26/2019.

Our society had made this virus a monster and all it is a virus. I’m doing it for the voiceless people out there who just found out today, and know that I’ve got their back.
-Lesego Motsepe


1630 San Pablo Ave
Oakland, CA 94601

Roles & Responsibility

Youth leadership members are expected to spend fifteen percent of their time working with their mentors, and the remainder of their time will be spent on iterating their innovation. Travel to a national conference may be required.

  • Sign and submit all of the applicant/awardee agreement materials
  • Complete a mini grant report, which will ask for a detailed use of funds
  • Set up a meeting schedule for the duration of the program with mentor within 30 days of mentor assignment
  • Calls: participate in monthly calls and/or organize separate check-in time with program lead
  • Meeting with mentors anywhere from bi-weekly to bi-monthly depending on the schedule agreed upon by the mentor and the mentee
  • Email: Members are expected to respond to emails within 48 hours
  • Social Media: Members are expected to use social media to support this project
  • Monthly Webinars?

To complete the program, one must:
  • Be in good standing with the above roles and responsibility
  • Complete the program for all 12 months
  • Attendance for 80% of mentor meetings
  • Attend the conference networking and capacity building day(s)

Acceptance into the program will result in a grant of up to $5000.

Contact Us?

Chris Wilson
[email protected]

Michael Everett
[email protected]


This opportunity is made available through a Positive Action for Youth grant from ViiV Healthcare.

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