The Team Up campaign brings together at-risk youth in Washington DC and South Africa. In June 2010, middle school youth from DC travelled to Johannesburg during the World Cup to unite with students from Soweto. Engaged in a cultural exchange and HIV/AIDS education program, these students emerged as global leaders in the global battle against AIDS. Stay tuned to hear what the DC and South Africa students do to take action in their communities! Plans are already underway to bring the Soweto students to DC this winter, where they will unite to help a community awareness event in this nation’s capitol.

Let's Team Up. Recent statistics suggest that 1 in 20 adults in DC have HIV, and in some of the city’s neighborhoods, 1 in 8 people are infected. To compare, nearly 3 in 25 people in South Africa have HIV/AIDS. Each year, 2.5 million people die of AIDS and 2.5 million new infections occur. HIV infections are preventable when people receive accurate and comprehensive information, but talking about HIV/AIDS is not always an easy task.

The Grassroot Project and Grassroot Soccer have demonstrated the power of using athletes as role models to cut through stigmas. The Team Up campaign empowers youth to become role models in their own communities, and unites them as leaders in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.