Youth Program



State Library of Victoria, July 18th – 19th 2014.

The Melbourne 2014 Youth Pre-Conference is a joint initiative of the Melbourne Youth Force (MYF) and YEAH, the Australian-based partner supporting the local work of the MYF. Open to all young people attending AIDS2014, the Pre-Conference will focus on information sharing and skills building for young people around the political, scientific, economic and social context of HIV/AIDS.

Facilitating the participation of young people at AIDS2014 and empowering them to be effective advocates for youth throughout the conference and beyond, the Youth Pre-Conference recognises that while young people are at greatest risk of new HIV infections, they have the aptitude, talent and drive to Step Up the Pace and work towards the end of this disease.

Join over 200 young people from around the world at the Victorian State Library from the 18th-19th July for two days of vibrant discussion and debate about the future of HIV/AIDS advocacy.

Youth Pre Conference

Sessions and workshops will include debates on the latest advances in scientific and social research, media training and problem solving. A guest panel of representatives from peak HIV/AIDS organisations will also address some of the most critical and contemporary HIV/AIDS issues, including the Post 2015 Development agenda.

The Youth Pre-Conference will not only serve as an engaging and insightful precursor to AIDS 2014, but will enable young HIV/AIDS activists to establish new and long lasting friendships over common goals. It aims to bridge the gap between different cultures, different experiences, and different organisations; allowing young people to come together as a united youth front at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne this July.

The MYF Pre-Conference sub-committee is proud to be delivering this event with support from the State Library of Victoria.

Applications to present at and attend the Pre-Conference have now closed. Application outcomes will be available by May 31st. Please contact with any questions in the meantime.

Please refer to the FAQs for more details.


One of the most exciting experiences of AIDS2014 will be exploring the Global Village. Unlike the rest of the conference proceedings, the Global Village is open to the public, free of charge! The Global Village is a space full of passionate groups; educating, entertaining and celebrating the global response to HIV/AIDS.

Youth Pavillion

The Youth Pavilion is one of the premier elements of the Global Village; planned, designed, coordinated and manned by young people. It’s the place for young people to come and connect with other young people from around world, hear about interesting initiatives, share ideas, form strong friendships, or relax and re-energise. The youth pavilion is designed not only to educate, but to inspire and amaze you.

The Youth Pavilion will demonstrate the passion of young people to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic through:

  • Youth Commitments DeskThe Commitments Desk – conference delegates and the general public are encouraged to make tangible commitments to the HIV/AIDS response. In past years this has ranged from large monetary donations by well-known individuals, to commitments simply to learn more about HIV/AIDS.
  • The Y+ Lounge – a private space for young people living with HIV/AIDS to relax, de-brief and connect. The AIDS conference can often be overwhelming and the Melbourne Youth Force wants to provide the opportunity for all to enjoy their experience.  Youth Pavilion team is asking for your contribution to it’s design and atmosphere.
    This is your lounge so please complete our survey so that we can make it the best possible experience!
  • Youth Pavilion Program – a fun, educational and entertaining program will be presented in the Youth Pavilion covering science, culture, policy and community. You can come here to listen, learn and most importantly, laugh!

We hope you come and visit us at the Youth Pavilion!


If you’re coming to Melbourne for the first time or just wanting to get more out of your AIDS 2014 experience, join the Melbourne Youth Force Peer Support Program!

Open to both local and international delegates of the International AIDS Conference, the Peer Support Program hopes to enrich your AIDS 2014 experience by connecting international delegates with local Melbourne delegates. The local delegates will assist international delegates in getting their bearings around Melbourne city, the public transport system and the language.

If you’re from Melbourne but not an AIDS 2014 delegate, never fear, we would still love to have you on board the Peer Support Program to provide a friendly face to our international delegates!

Peer Support Program

Local and international delegates are paired according to the information provided on the Peer Support application forms. Local delegates can also provide accommodation for their international peer, either a couch or a bed, but this is not necessary.

The Peer Support Program is designed to create working and personal networks between international and local delegates. In this way we can rally the voice of the youth and work together toward a stronger collaborations in the realm of HIV/AIDS advocacy, research and community development!

Melbourne Delegates, please apply here.
International Delegates, please apply here.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at

We look forward to seeing you in July!

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