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C2EA Youth and WhatstheT Launch Correspondent Contest

Represent WhatsTheT and Be Featured on C2EA and WhatsTheT Websites

May 1, 2012

Washington, D.C. -- has teamed up with the Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA) Youth Caucus to provide a lucky reader an all-inclusive, sponsorship to attend the 2012 Youth Action Institute (YAI). The 2012 YAI will be held in Washington, D.C. June 10-17. The WhatsTheT YAI Correspondent will document and capture their experience and share it with the WhatsTheT community. The WhatstheT YAI Correspondent is the presence and voice for the WhatsTheT community. The individual will compile videos, pictures and words which will be featured on WhatsTheT and C2EA Youth websites.

How to Enter

Grab your flip cam, your camera phone or any other device that records video and sound. Jot down some thoughts and tell us why you would be an awesome WhatsTheT YAI Correspondent. Remember to also answer in 3-5 minutes one of the following questions:

  1. What do you know about HIV/AIDS? How does HIV/AIDS affect you and your peers?
  2. What changes would you like to see in your local community around HIV/AIDS?
  3. What gaps in services can you identify in your community with HIV/AIDS?

To enter, upload a YouTube video and e-mail the link to You may also enter by sending a tweet with the video link to @WhatsTheT using the Hashtag #WhatsTheTYAI. Videos must be received by May 7th by Midnight EST.

Who Can Participate?


Anyone between the ages of 14 and 29, located in the United States, regardless oftheir past experience working on HIV and AIDS issues. If you're passionate about working to end AIDS, then this is made for you. The Campaign To End AIDS especially encourages people living with HIV and AIDS, women, and people of color to apply. The winner must be available to attend the entire duration of YAI and actively participate in all programming activities and events.

What Are My Responsibilities as the What's The T YAI Correspondent?

The Whats the T YAI Correspondent is the presence and voice for the WhatsTheT community. The individual will compile videos, pictures and words recapping their experience and will be featured on What's The T and C2EA websites.

How Is the Winner Selected?

A panel of judges comprised of 1 Youth Caucus member, 1 member of WhatsTheT community and1 member of HIV/AIDS community will review all submissions. Entrants will be scored for Creativity 25%, Personality 25%, Effectiveness of Idea 25% and Commitment to Cause 25%. The entrant with the highest scores in all areas will determined to be the winner. The winner will be announced on May 11th on The C2EA Youth Caucus will provide the winner with round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and meals for the duration of the Institute.

What Is Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA)?

The Campaign to End AIDS (C2EA) is a diverse, exciting coalition of people that include those living with HIV & AIDS, their advocates and their loved ones. Together, we're demanding that our leaders exert the political will to stop the epidemic, in the U.S. and abroad, once and for all.

What Is the Youth Action Institute (YAI)?

Every year, the Youth Action Institute creates and carves AIDS activists and leaders. Since 2005, C2EA Youth has brought a diverse group of 14 to 29-year-olds to a college campus to train and empower them to become the AIDS policy-makers and protest leaders of today and tomorrow. While some of the hundreds of participants through the years arrived with a bit of knowledge about AIDS, most were just energetic young people from different walks of life -- inexperienced but eager to learn. The 2012 YAI will be held June 10-17 in Washington, DC.

Will I Need to Bring Money?

At the conclusion of each day, participants are free to enjoy DC and the surrounding area. Attendees are encouraged, but not required to bring spending money.


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Good Luck!

About WhatsTheT

Established in 2005, is the leading urban, gay entertainment blog in America. It provides celebrity news and entertainment with a twist. By focusing on the positive aspect of the LGBT community, prides itself in being a community leader and communicating relevant news to enlighten, educate, and entertain the gay community.

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