HIV/AIDS initiatives

HIV/AIDS
initiatives

1 in 5 infected with HIV don’t know they’re infected


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MJF’s HIV/AIDS grant making, awareness, and prevention program seeks to provide critical resources, information and HIV testing to individuals residing in urban communities.

HIV/AIDS Education & Prevention

About 1 in 4 (26%) of all new HIV infections are among youth ages 13 to 24 years.  Nearly 60% of new infections in youth occur in African Americans, about 20% in Hispanics/Latinos, and about 20% in whites.

We will never end the epidemic in our community until we end the epidemic among our young people. Our E.R.A.S.E (Empowering and Reinforcing Awareness of Students through Education) Youth Summits are being convened in schools around the nation that are located in communities with high HIV prevalence.

The summits are designed to provide students with current HIV information and to engage them in dialogue about the facts, myths, stigmas, and prevention resources associated with HIV and AIDS.

To bring E.R.A.S.E to your school please contact us.

Grant Program

The Magic Johnson Foundation’s (MJF) HIV/AIDS Community Grants Program is committed to helping non-profit organizations by awarding grants to support the development of high quality, innovative programs that provide HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, and treatment services to urban communities. In addition to funding support, MJF partners with such organizations to help them gain exposure and raise public awareness about the services they offer.

Community Grants Program provides program development and support to non-profit grassroots organizations with a focus on providing HIV/AIDS education, prevention and awareness, and social needs of those residing in inner-city communities.

Funds raised for the HIV/AIDS Community Grants Initiative are awarded to those applicants who demonstrate financial need, fit within the guidelines of our application, and provide services and/or programs in our HIV/AIDS focus areas. To date, the Magic Johnson Foundation has raised more than $20 million for charity, including $8 million raised solely by the Foundation for grants awarded to non-profit organizations and $12 million for other charities raised through partnerships and special events. Community HIV/AIDS grants range from $5,000-$25,000.

Grants are awarded by invitation only. Unsolicited proposals will not be accepted. Please see grant guidelines for submission.

HIV Testing

Each year, MJF hosts a series of free HIV/AIDS testing events to generate increased awareness and health education. The Foundation’s HIV/AIDS initiative strives to make HIV testing a routine that will ultimately reduce the number of new HIV infections. Participants receive free testing, information, prevention tips, supplies, counseling, and referrals for treatment for those who test positive. Since inception, the Foundation has tested nearly 40,000 individuals. In the past year, over 3,000 individuals were tested, and of those, more than 1,000 tested positive for the disease.

E.R.A.S.E CITIES & SCHOOLS

Los Angeles:
Crenshaw High School
Dorsey High School
View Park Prep High School
Dominguez High School
Compton High School
King Drew Magnet High School
Centennial High School

Atlanta:
Booker T. Washington High School

New York:
A. Philip Randolph High School

Miami:
Miami Northwestern Senior High School

Current Grantees:
Charles Drew Mobile Testing Unit- Los Angeles
Grassroot Project- Washington, DC
In The Mean Time- Los Angeles, CA
Prototype- Los Angeles, CA
Women Alive- Los Angeles, CA
girls inc. – San Leandro, CA
Black Women for Wellness- Los Angeles, CA