We began as a grassroots organization back in February, with the idea that we could create change and awareness through social media. The first ad we created began as a photo of a man wearing a blindfold that quickly inspired us to overlay the words "See No Status." 15 minutes later, a second image of two men embracing led to the organization's tagline, "Live HIV Neutral." Since then this project has continued to grow, and take a life of it's own. Because of the amazing support we have received, we are inspired to keep going and to expand our reach globally. That is why we've decided to recruit like-minded individuals willing to represent us to help achieve our mission. The more people who see our ads, the more likely we are to reach someone, somewhere who also becomes engaged. The social virility phenomenon has truly connected us in a way we never could before and this is a way for us educate the world. With all of us working together, we move closer to a world free of stigma, discrimination and ultimately HIV.
What are an Ambassador's duties and responsibilities?
- Ambassadors will be informed and updated on HIV news via our media partner HIV Plus magazine, as well as staying on top of breaking news in their area and around the world.
- Ambassadors will share our ads and videos via their social media outlet while encouraging others to do so. We hope to create a "ripple effect" and reach as many people, negative or positive, as possible.
- Ambassadors will provide insight into HIV stigma within their communities and cities or regions. As we all know, HIV stigma manifest in different ways: from the gay community to the black community, from Germany to Tennessee. Learning this insight will be crucial in helping craft future campaigns.
- Ambassadors are volunteer positions, but you serve as a representative of the organization in your city or region. You may be called upon to represent The Stigma Project at local events and community activities.
- Ambassadors will continue to further our mission by encouraging their networks, contacts, relationships, and talents to support The Stigma Project.
Because of the amount of interest in the program, we have had to become more selective in our recruiting process. We are looking for one individual per city or region. Larger cities will be expanded to two and sometimes three Ambassadors. This means not everyone who applies will be accepted into the program. Don't let this discourage you. We still want you to be a part of the organization. Once the Ambassador program is officially off the ground we will be recruiting local volunteers for work related to the program or other organizational needs.
We are currently in the process of developing this program further. We will not be accepting applications during this time. We're sorry for the inconvenience and we truly appreciate your willingness to help.