UCLA Impact 2012
CONGRATULATIONS to our IMPACT 2012 winners!
SONNY NGYUYEN AND JUSTIN TAYLOR
Artist Bio: Justin Taylor
Justin Taylor is a graduate from The Evergreen State College where his focuses were on media production and business leadership. Justin has volunteered as the marketing director for Capital City Pride for the past two years and he currently works as an HIV/AIDS prevention coordinator for Pierce County AIDS Foundation where he runs the Mpowerment Olympia project. Mpowerment Olympia seeks to mobilize young gay and bisexual men to create positive social connections for themselves while promoting safer-sex. With his background in media and an outstanding volunteer team, Justin has been able to find exciting new ways of engaging with his local gay community. Justin continues to be amazed by the dedication and talent of the volunteers he works with, specifically his friend and colleague Sonny Nguyen.
Presently, Justin is screening is first short film, “Tying the Knot” at film festivals across the nation. ”Tying the Knot” was a successfully funded Kickstarter project about a closeted politician trying to find redemption through his secret kinky relationship with a male prostitute. As an artist, he’s held firm in the belief that the further you can transport someone outside of what they know, only for them to find the interconnection of our shared human experience; that’s the potential magic of creation that happens every time someone views your art.
“Whatever your goal is in life, it has to withstand the process, and drive you every step of the way to see it become something tangible, something real and effectual” – Justin Taylor
Artist Bio: Sonny Nguyen
Sonny Nguyen is a queer person of color, a community organizer, and a storyteller. To Sonny, all of these things are the same, are crucial to informing each other. Through spoken word poetry, Sonny weaves the realities of people living on the intersections of hardships into collective stories and messages. Sonny does not claim to speak for any movements, but does their best to echo the voices of those around them. Sonny’s work has been featured at queer events and youth poetry events across the Puget Sound area, but can regularly be seen on the Hook Up, Mpowerment Olympia’s YouTube show at www.youtube.com/mpoweroly. Sonny is very humbled to be part of a winning team with peer and close friend Justin Taylor.
“SILENT LOVE” BY:
NESTOR VENEGAS, ARI DELEON, FANNY RAMIREZ, PATRICK FREEMAN, VICTOR HERNANDEZ, CESAR HERNANDEZ, JULIO REYES, AND MANNY PACHECO
“Silent Love” was the product of one of the many HIV prevention programs at Vista Community Clinic which targets youth of color in non-traditional school settings (e.g., juvenile justice system, alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilities, homeless shelters, etc.).
The program, titled CHATncsd, is an initiative funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health. The program is unique in that it utilizes peer health educators to disseminate HIV prevention messages in person and via social media.
They are currently using Facebook (facebook.com/CHATncsd), Twitter (twitter.com/CHATncsd), and YouTube(youtube.com/CHATncsd) to accomplish this objective (YouTube houses the rest of the videos that were created through this program).
The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 USD cash!
The second prize winner will receive $1,000 USD cash!
UCLA IMPACT 2012 is a global competition, open to the general public, which aims to encourage investigators of all disciplines to transform the impact of their research through INNOVATIVE, CREATIVE, and EFFECTIVE HIV/AIDS presentation. The goal is to inspire a new generation of scientists, researchers, and innovators to make fresh scientific discoveries more accessible, useful and relevant to those affected by HIV. Knowledge is the key to the eradication of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The winners will receive a cash prize and worldwide exposure of their work.
1) Create Something! We’re looking for the most creative HIV/AIDS presentations out there. If you’re a musician, write us a song. If you’re a scientist, present us your research. CHIPTS will accept submissions as a video, a written document, or a URL link to an originally designed webpage. The guidelines of presentation are purposely open ended to promote creativity, imagination, and inventiveness.
3) Celebrate! Be proud that you’ve supported a great cause and helped save lives around the world. The two top entries will receive the cash prizes listed above.
Center Director, and a contest judge, Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D., shares her excitement about the new format of the contest, “I look forward to seeing presentations of all mediums from contestants all around the world. We hope this forum will pave the way for a new method of sharing scientific ideas as they pertain to key social causes.”
In addition to Dr. Rotheram, sitting on the panel of judges are known activists David Gere and Neil Giuliano. Gere, a professor at UCLA, is involved in projects such as Make Art/Stop AIDS and Through Positive Eyes; two movements that utilize the impact of original art to bring awareness to the AIDS epidemic. Giuliano is the CEO of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. This organization combines scientific research with community knowledge, to guarantee proper HIV care and help reduce the number of new HIV transmissions.
|Mary Jane Rotheram, Ph.D.||David Gere, Ph.D.||Neil Giuliano|
If you have questions about the contest, please contact Maya Lazar at email@example.com.
May 15, 2012 @ 08:00 am (PDT)
Contest Ends (extended deadline!)
August 15, 2012 @ 06:00 pm (PDT)
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Participants must be at least 18 years of age.