Programming Connection

Many Men, Many Voices (3MV) 

Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP)
Toronto, Ontario

Lessons Learned

  • An overnight retreat setting can be a powerful tool for building an immediate community dynamic.
  • Peer recruitment is most effective in generating interest
  • Many Black youth find spiritually-themed exercises empowering
  • Providing a context to interact in a non-sexualized environment can help young Black gay guys to identify as valued members of a vibrant community.
  • A key component of the program is the inclusion of mentors who are willing to share their experiences growing up as Black GBT men.
  • An American-based HIV prevention intervention can be transferred into a Canadian context if the model has been carefully adapted it to the realities of the local culture.