Caribbean People International Collective Inc., (CPIC) have convened
the Caribbean-American Youth Summit on HIV and AIDS at the Campus
of Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York. This dialogue is necessary
because CPIC believes the youth of the Caribbean are in jeopardy.
Millions of young people through out the world are at risk of unwanted
pregnancy, unsafe abortions, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS
and sexual violence. They are often the victims of ignorance, of poor
services, of misunderstandings about their needs, their rights and
roles; but most of all they are victims of apathy.
The purpose of the Caribbean Youth Summit is to bring together youth
leaders from our school community, to provide a non-traditional format
of human growth and development education and to prepare for activities
for Awareness programs.
Why have a summit?
Why a Caribbean-American Youth Summit on healthy lifestyles?
Currently, the rates of HIV infections in Caribbean are the highest out side that of Africa,
Secondly the Caribbean population in the United States are involved
in frequent movement and relationships between the Caribbean and the
US. Thirdly, the ages of the newly infected range from twenty through
thirty years therefore, it is extremely important to empower young
adults with the skills necessary to make healthy decisions.
The Summit will provide young people with knowledge, skills and opportunities
to participate in decision-making at the local level and help to develop
an agenda for regional level discussion.
The objectives of the Summit include:
- Empowerment & capacity building of Caribbean-American
Youth to participate in providing solutions to their problems &
strengthen their efforts & involvement in the decision making
process on issues that affect/concern them.
- Improvement of Caribbean-American Youth technical skills,
knowledge & understanding, Quality Health status, Public awareness
of the Caribbean-American member countries, enabling them to compete
favorably with other Youth in the world.
- Sensitizing Caribbean-American Youth on the negative image
associated with various problems confronting them.
- Promotion of the advocacy on government & other stakeholders
toward enhancement of good policy formulation & implementation
in favor of the Youth to improve the well-being & livelihood of
- Find panacea to the spread of HIV/AIDS, Drug Abuse, Unemployment,
Hunger & Malnutrition, violence, reproductive health problems
etc. among Caribbean-American Youth
- Young Adults between the ages of twelve and twenty-five will attend
summit, which consist of workgroups on living with HIV/AIDS, abstinence,
STD transmission, decision making, and peer pressure.
- Over 350 youth will receive information that will help them to experience