Meet the Youth Champions for Key Populations in Eastern Europe

Daria Pshichkina-Firsova

Country: Ukraine
Age: 25
Occupation: Social worker
Organization: Light of Hope (Світло надії)

Who are the Youth Champions?

I am a social worker at "Lighthouse", a community prevention centre for adolescents and young people, where I provide harm reduction services. In my work, I am constantly striving to identify and implement the best strategies to cater to our young clients’ HIV education needs and improve their access to HIV testing.

What motivated you personally to get involved in the HIV response?

As I provide social services to adolescents and young people from vulnerable groups on a daily basis, I learned that the availability of quality HIV prevention services is key to my clients’ wellbeing. I am working towards increasing the meaningful involvement of young people in local decision-making processes to help ensure HIV services and policies respond to their needs.

What is the topic of your project?

The main goal of my project, "Health of modern youth: An important path from knowledge to responsibility", is to ensure young people’s access to quality HIV education and testing services.