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Consumer Leadership Corps Training Program

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AIDS Alliance is helping to develop new consumer leaders and support existing ones by training them to train others in their neighborhoods and communities. Established in 2000 in response to consumer-identified needs, the AIDS Alliance Consumer Leadership Corps Training Program uses a train-the-trainer model and curriculum to provide HIV-positive women with the training, skill building, and mentoring they need to be effective educators of their peers.  


Participants in the program come to Washington three times over the course of a year to participate in intensive, interactive group training experiences that combine lectures with "teach-backs" and other practice opportunities. Between these trainings, we provide ongoing mentoring and concrete support as they begin to put what they are learning into practice by conducting workshops in their neighborhoods and communities.


Ever since 2000, this corps of consumers has trained over 40,000 other consumers in their local communities.


By training and empowering consumers, AIDS Alliance supports their efforts to care for themselves and their families and to advocate for others. These informed and energized consumers are essential allies in getting people living with HIV disease into care and ensuring meaningful access to care. That's why the Consumer Leadership Corps Training Program has been so successful and continues to be so necessary.


It is this desire -- to help others by sharing one's experience and to build new skills to share also -- that informs the program. Leadership development, building on strengths, and peer training and partnerships are at the heart of the program model.