Positives Empowering Positives to Renew (PEPR), a project of HAART, builds the leadership and advocacy skills of people living with HIV so they can more effectively tell their stories to impact policy issues in their communities and throughout the state of Louisiana. In addition, through a networking model, these empowered peers provide support to newly diagnosed and isolated people living with HIV and work to fight stigma in their communities and families.
Creating new leadership and engagement opportunities strengthens HIV advocacy in Louisiana. In addition, it allows HAART to explore the other social justice issues that impact HIV so that policy and advocacy efforts are informed by people living with HIV.
- Leadership and advocacy training for people living with HIV
- Creation of a network of peers able to offer support and mentorship to new advocates
- Ongoing planning and strategic organizing on issues important to people living with HIV