The Ujima Men’s Collective received a grant from Our Fund for a two year cycle to address HIV/AIDS among the Black same gender loving community. The funds will enable the Ujima Men’s Collective to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS transmission which impacts Black same gender loving men the hardest in South Florida.
The Ujima Men’s Collective recognizes the severity of the distressing reality that Miami-Dade and Broward counties are the #1 and #2 counties in the U.S. for new HIV/AIDS transmissions – with most new cases involving Black same gender loving men.
The Ujima Men’s Collective has consistently worked with the Black same gender loving male population for many years and the funding will provide a unique opportunity to work in Broward County with other entities to provide mentoring addressing the high rates of HIV and the stigma associated with HIV, especially in Black communities.
HIV/AIDS has haunted the Black community for decades and with this new funding the Ujima Men’s Collective will embark upon a new venture: their Protégé Project will provide mentorship for younger Black same gender loving men. They recognize that mentoring programs have provided success in educational settings and they feel that mentoring will provide the Black same gender loving male community with the guidance that is lacking currently in the Black community.
The Ujima Men’s Collective will also embark upon conducting outreach activities, HIV testing, peer-led support groups and community conversations to address a myriad of issues surrounding Black same gender loving men and those that love and support them. The Ujima Men’s Collective will work diligently to provide platforms for Black same gender loving men to confront racism, discrimination, homophobia and other concerns plaguing our community.
The Ujima Men’s Collective has launched the Protégé Project, but they are still seeking mentors and protégés for the project. The Ujima Men’s Collective was funded for a two year cycle and they plan to make a positive impact on the lives of Black same gender loving men in Broward County and South Florida. If you want to help eradicate high rates of HIV and other social determinants you may join them in our quest to stop the spread.