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The Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy (IL ASAP) is seeking advocates and leaders who reside in Illinois and wish to participate in an education, capacity building, mobilization, and advocacy project. Participants can be HIV positive or negative. Providing more details about the responsibilities of each participant, the application is due on July 15, 2018.

A project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC), IL ASAP will be working to fulfill one of the foundation’s strategic priorities by collaborating with Illinois advocacy leaders and organizational partners on issues ranging from HIV criminalization to staying ahead of the Trump Administration’s relentless attacks on the American health care system. Objectives of IL ASAP include increasing the number of people involved in HIV advocacy and building stronger bonds among advocates in every region of the state, as well as nationally.

To be selected from each region of the state, individuals are encouraged to apply regardless of gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and mode of HIV transmission. Selected participants will not be required to disclose their status to anyone; however, they must be willing to engage in outreach and media activities in their area of the state to educate people about HIV/AIDS policy issues and foster advocacy.

Those selected to participate will be eligible to attend AIDS Watch in Washington, D.C., (Spring 2019), where they will have the chance to lobby members of Congress about important HIV/AIDS issues at the federal level; they will also participate in a two-day, in-person training session in late September 2018 and take part in the 2019 Illinois HIV/AIDS Lobby Days and the ‘Speak Up!’ Campaign. Full participation in all IL ASAP activities is required. Members must commit to a minimum of eight of 10 monthly phone conference calls. Participants must have access to and be comfortable using the internet and email; most IL ASAP communication is done electronically.