Our mission is to educate youth, parents, pastors and community members concerning HIV/AIDS through social media and community involvement.

 

Being infected with HIV in 1997 at the age of 19, transmitted through oral sex I was in the place of denial and I was in a place of shame and guilt, so I kept silent for the first five and a half years.

 

I started seeing many peers with my same situation. Some sin sick, some living reckless, some loss of hope, some loss in their identity, some lacking purpose, some broken homes & relationships, some raped & molested, some hurt & abused, some living with shame & guilt, some dying and dying alone.

 

I had no one to speak for me, no one to speak for us, no one to hear our issues, no one to really care. So, I became my voice & I became a voice for others.

 

After becoming saved, I started being educated about HIV/AIDS. So I took the education & my life & other people's experiences and created a lane for the voices that were silenced due to stigma, silenced due to ignorance, silenced due to the lack compassion or empathy, especially from the place where love is supposed to be shown the most but was neglected by people who say they are Christ like, that being some of the body of Christ.

 

Years of Advocacy, years sitting at the table, years of listening to people making decisions that were best for them, not me & not youth like me. I began to speak up and I began to educate people that I could touch. I created a Christian Youth AIDS Walk. Something never done and still til this day, something unique to speak to youth, parent, pastors & community members.

 

I had a vision to do the walk but it was bigger than just the walk. I had a vision to do a chant, We Won't Stop, but it was bigger than the chant. I had a vision to do a song, We Won't Stop but it was bigger than a song. I have a vision to do a tour, We Won't Stop Tour, but it's bigger than a tour. I have a vision to see young people doing positive things instead of becoming HIV-positive. I have a vision of God eradicating the disease in this life, this generation in Jesus name.

 

Each year God gave me a theme. These themes were areas that I worked out in my life for that year & then I incorporated them within the walks, reaching youth from the ages of newborn to 29. So in mind the youth experienced my life, my struggles, my weaknesses giving them a face & since of reality, someone they can touch, someone they can see, living through Jesus Christ, not dying but living.

 

These have been the themes over the years:

1. The Road To Damascus

2. Until Somebody Realizes

3. Lift Jesus Higher 

4. Education, Motivation, Mobilization

5. Still Standing (On God's Word)

6. The Awakening

7. Not On Our Watch

8. Walking In Faith

9. Advancing The Kingdom

10. The New Chapter

 

So we did 10 years of being in the street, sending a clear message to spread love and not the disease, leading us to the New Chapter. The next Mission, We Won't Stop Tour 2022.

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Quick Summary

 

The Grapevine HIV/AIDS Organization, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose vision is to heal all manner of sickness and disease through the Word of God and the power of the Holy Ghost.  The mission is to educate youth, parents, pastors, and community members concerning HIV/AIDS through social media and community involvement.

 

 

Our Accomplishments So Far:

 

  • December 1, 2005 Held its first World AIDS DAY Event at Live Life Tabernacle of Praise (Atlanta, GA) Invited speakers from all walks of life to give their testimonies. We received a Proclamation from Governor Sunny Perdue.

  • March 2006 Held a weeklong conference, during the Black Church Week of Prayer. Invited ministers, evangelists, mothers and dancers to tell their stories of the effects of HIV/AIDS on their lives and family lives.\

  • (2006-2009) Christian Youth AIDS WALKS brought out youths parents, pastors, and concerned persons. Year 1: “On The Road To Damascus” Year 2: “Until Somebody Realizes” Year 3: “Lift Jesus Higher” Year 4: “Education, Motivation, and Mobilization.” Received Proclamations from Rep. 55“Able” Mable Thomas and City Councilman Ivory Lee Young Jr., and Fulton County Commissioner Nancy Boxill.

  • December 2006 & December 9 2010 Provided toys through Toys 4 Toys to Children born with HIV: Hero 4 Children Organization, abused women with children, English Ave Community Improvement Association, Greater Vine City Opportunities Program, Mustard Seed Faith Outreach Ministries, and 30-Minutes of Gospel Television Program.

  • December 26, 2007, The Grapevine HIV/AIDS Foundation, Inc. becomes official non-profit in the State of GA.

  • February 2006-2008 August 2006 & 2007, November 2009 Appeared Atlanta Live Talked about my testimony and about the walk.

  • (April/May 2006-2010) Advocates in Washington, DC every year during AIDSWATCH Fighting for quality of life, human and civil rights and the for federal funding for persons living with HIV/AIDS in the areas of prevention, housing, medication, oral health, and incarcerated persons infected, etc.

  • In August 2007, we hosted and helped organize the Healthcare Luncheon for the

                       SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference) 49th Event (50th) Anniversary.

                       The event raised $25,000 towards the conference. Brought in national leaders and

                       doctors. “Silence Is A Sin”

  • 2008-present Speaking engagements: Civic Organizations: Such as the Atlanta Urban League; churches, and schools.  I’ve spoken to over 1,000 youths

  • (2003-2008) Advocate for housing and quality of life of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Help people find housing and resources to maintain housing from homelessness, and the incarcerated population. Ryan White Planning Council Member

  • 2006-2008 Member of Georgia Community Planning Group, CSA and Publicity

  • 2009 Write articles for The Connector, the official newspaper of The Overground RR. The Business Resource Center.  Above All Things Ministry. (AIDS WATCH) Also writes for other magazines and newspapers.

  • August 2009 Appeared on TBN’s “Joy In Our Town” with Host Rachael Miller.

  • December 1, 2009 Hosted a “Praise Party” Benefit Concert. Held at the Sanctuary Church of The Living God Lithonia GA, Pastor Maurice Easley

  • December 6, 2009 World AIDS DAY, HIV/AIDS Awareness Program, “Voices of The Infected” Youth Day Speaker Macon/Warner Robbins GA, Pastor Ronnie Walker/Bro. CalvinWalker

  • January 22, 2010 Completed HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral (CTR) and

            Oraquick Advance HIV Testing, Recovery Consultants of Atlanta, Inc.

  • March 18, 2010 Speaker Now Faith International Church, Precha Severe

  • March 31, 2010 Testimony Spoken at Kingdom Builders Convent Church,

                        Pastor Keillen Smith, Decatur GA

  • April 3, 2010 Speaker “Severe Out”RAGE”ous Solutions” Youth Day, Precha Severe

  • April 5, 2010 Speaker “Clayton County HIV/AIDS Youth Speak Out”, Dr Tonya

                        Sumner Brown, House of Inspiration, Riverdale GA

  • April 6, 2010 Radio Testimony/Interview Crunk For Christ Radio, Stone Mountain, GA Pastor Calvin McCoy and Da Dre.

  • April 7, 2010 Testimony spoken on “Testimony Tuesday” Prayer Line, Atlanta GA, Twyla Morris

  • April 13, 2010 Received “Hem of His Garment Award, PDFlanagan International

                        Student Ministries, Pam Flanagan, Atlanta GA

  • April 16, 2010 Speaker Youth Conference, Greater Solid Rock Church, Riverdale, GA  Pastor Will D. Hayes

  • April 16, 2010 Shared Testimony and Poetry from my book @ C-Room Forest Park GA

  • April 17, 2010 Youth Day Service Speaker, Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA Pastor Nathaniel Smiley

  • May 24, 2010 Guest on WGGS TV-16 Greenville SC “Niteline” with Townie Sloan” Christian Broadcast

  • Wednesday 14, July 2010 Tapped In Youth Summer Camp: STD and Sexual Abuse Awareness Day: Decatur GA

  • July 10, 2010 What The World Needs Now, HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Una, South Carolina; Pastor Richard D. Woods

  • September 11, 2010 Celebrated 5th Annual Christian Youth AIDS Walk, Atlanta, GA

  • December 2011 Toys 4 Tots helped us provide 300 toys for children with low Income.

  • July 2012 The Grapevine HIV/AIDS Foundation Prayer Room, Legacy Grace Project, Women’s 9th Annual Retreat  Dallas

  • November 3, 2012 6th Annual Youth AIDS WALK, Dallas “The Awakening”

  • May 2013  The Grapevine HIV/AIDS Foundation Prayer Room, Legacy Grace Project, Women’s 10th Annual Retreat Dallas

  • September 14, 2013 7th Annual Youth AIDS Walk, Dallas “Not On Our Watch"

  • December 1, 2013 World AIDS Day, Potters House, Dallas Testing Event

  • March 29, 2014  8th Annual Youth AIDS Walk, Atlanta along with Simply United Together Foundation. "Walking In Faith"

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