Hip Hop Cafe – HIV Prevention Event
The Grace UMCLA HIV/AIDS Empowerment and Education Project aims to fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic in our community and around the world. The Hip Hop Cafe gives expression to our youth and young adults who use music, song, dance and spoken word to deliver powerful prevention messages.
In addition to this event, Grace UMCLA has hosted on-campus mobile HIV/AIDS instant testing and community seminars featuring medical professionals, researchers, sociologists and pastors.
Our pastor, Rev. Paul Hill, and lay leader, Charles McWells, have served as co-deans of the Strength for the Journey Camp sponsored by the California Pacific Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. This camp is designed to provide support, education and community for those who are HIV positive and those living with AIDS. Each year, members of Grace UMCLA have donated camperships for men and women to attend camp.
Finally, on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in December, members and friends of Grace UMCLA participate in a massive balloon launch in honor of those who lost their lives to AIDS.
At Grace UMCLA, we stand on the front line to fight HIV/AIDS. You are invited to take the first step – know your status and become HIV aware!