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LGBT Detroit recently received funding from ViiV Healthcare Positive Action for Youth for a new mentorship program that will expand its LGBT Detroit Leadership Academy. The academy is a social justice training program for African American LGBTQ young adults and allies. The new LGBT Detroit Leadership Academy – Mentorship Club will expand the former program and build a new collection of Michigan LGBTQ and allied social justice leaders and influencers.
To date, 62 people have graduated from the original Academy.
“We are happy to be named a recipient of ViiV Healthcare’s 2017-2019 Positive Action for Youth Giving,” said Curtis Lipscomb, executive director of LGBT Detroit. “HIV and AIDS remains the most significant cause of death for African American gay and bi males in southeast Michigan. Detroit is ground zero.”
According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, currently 15- to 29-year-old men have the highest rates of infection statewide.
“Mentor and mentee applicants to the program will be matched by programmatic staff, advisors, and committee members,” said Brent Tucker, newly hired program coordinator of the Academy’s Mentorship Club. “The mentor/mentee matching will occur in three sections: hosted forums, administrative matching and confirmation of matches.”
The mentor forum allows LGBT Detroit to work with prospective mentors and discover preferences and past experiences that can be offered to the program and mentees.
Enrollment is currently underway. If you’re interested, visit lgbtdetroit.org.