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The Community Leadership Initiative Program

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AIDS Alliance received a generous grant from the Ittleson Foundation to replicate the Consumer Leadership Corps Training Program (CLCTP) at the local level. This replication initiative was a pilot project, modifying the larger CLCTP curriculum to focus on core elements that can be provided over a one and half day training, with a focus on training and mentoring a local peer coordinator.


Using a train the trainer model, this pilot provided local leaders the resources necessary so that they can support site participants with the training, skill building, practice opportunities, and mentoring that they need to be effective leaders in HIV outreach and education and advocacy in their home communities. This replication developed the framework for The Community Leadership Initiative.


The six core elements of the yearlong CLCTP curriculum were identified to conduct the replication:

  1. Peer Role Models — a local replication must prominently feature HIV-positive women (or HIV-positive youth for the youth-centered replications) as program leaders and trainers. These role models embody hope, belief in self, and belief in the power to grow and change.
  2. Self-Development, Leadership Development, and Empowerment — a local replication must be informed by a strengths-based approach and a belief that all women and youth living with HIV have within them the ability to grow as a person, become stronger for oneself, empower oneself, and develop leadership in service to others.
  3. The Investment of Time, Over Time — a local replication must invest time in positive women and/or youth, and this investment must continue over time. For many positive women and youth, no one has ever invested in them and in their personal development and leadership development. To commit to the program, they have to know that the program is committing to them.
  4. Defined Tasks to Accomplish — a local replication must include well-defined, concrete tasks for participants, whether the replication focus is on community trainings, prevention outreach, getting women and youth to know their status, advising the HIV system, or other training and leadership activities. Participants must know what they have to do and be able to measure their progress.
  5. Practice Opportunities and Collective Learning — a local replication must include opportunities between training sessions for participants to put into practice what they are learning, including opportunities to make mistakes, and they must have time and opportunities to come back together to share these experiences and learn from one another.
  6. Mentoring and Support — a local replication must include continuous mentoring and support throughout the course of the program, with an equal focus on technical and personal/emotional support.


To download The Community Leadership Initiative Replication Guide, please click here. For more information, contact Linda H. Scruggs at (202) 785-3564 extension 150.


The Community Leadership Initiative was funded by a generous grant from the Ittleson Foundation.