With the increasing demand for professional and leadership development around the lives of
Young Black Men who have Sex with Men (YBMSM), NAESM, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia is
introducing its third annual, Build-a- Brother Youth Scholars Institute track at the 15 th annual
National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV and other Health Disparities.
This unique track will bring together 20YBMSM from the southern region of the United States to
be trained in professional and leadership development to strengthen their skills around
decreasing HIV and other health disparities in their communities.
Twenty YBMSM are selected as Youth Scholars, who will experience their own track at the
Annual National African American MSM Leadership Conference on HIV and other Health
Disparities. Scholars will attend additional 4-day training in the areas of professional
development, leadership development, grant writing, biomedical interventions (PrEP, PEP, and
Treatment as Prevention), current epidemiology, social marketing, and personal branding. In
addition to these training sessions, scholars will be receiving special presentations from
speakers from the conference to discuss how their work is relevant to the lives of YBMSM. The
scholars are tasked to create their own personal statements, development plans for their ideas,
and will propose an original idea of ways to enhance the lives of YBMSM. On the final day of the
track, Youth Scholars present their work and ideas to their peers.
The application process for the Youth Scholars will be open to applicants from the following
Southern states: Delaware, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas,Arkansas, Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia,
Mississippi, Tennessee, and Washington, D.C.
For more information on application process and upcoming cohort, please contact Dwyane
Williams at Dwyanew@naesm.org