A Dance Summit for an AIDS-free Generation

By Sydney Van Horn | August 21, 2014

Dance Marathon leaders posing in front of The White House during their visit to Washington, D.C.

Sydney Van Horn

An AIDS-free generation is not a dream; together we will make it a reality. This was the shared vision of student leaders from across the country who recently traveled to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) headquarters, in Washington, D.C.

These young activists made the trek for the annual UP 4 THE FIGHT Dance Marathon retreat, where they learned more about our fight against pediatric HIV/AIDS from EGPAF staff and leaders. They were also trained and attended sessions on how to be better fundraisers, better leaders, and even better EGPAF ambassadors and champions for an AIDS-free generation.

The UP 4 THE FIGHT program is the collegiate fundraising and awareness arm of EGPAF. Students on campuses around the country generously invest their time, dollars, passion, and sleep by participating in UP 4 THE FIGHT Dance Marathons.

Share the energy and commitment of these young leaders in our short video of the retreat:
 


 

During the retreat, organizers from Baldwin Wallace University; College of the Holy Cross; Columbia University; Fairleigh Dickinson University; University of California, Berkeley; and University of California, Los Angeles shared their experiences with Dance Marathons from previous years and strategized ways to make the events planned for 2014-2015 the most successful ones yet.

“You have truly made me more motivated to do everything that I can to make this year's Dance Marathon amazing,” said Ariana Naaseh, from the University of California, Berkeley.