The San Francisco and Oakland Youth Force represents youth perspectives during AIDS 2020.

Young people will play an active role in all aspects of the conference. We will not only be delegates, but will also be activity organizers, speakers, leaders and peers.

We aim to be the driving force behind an inclusive and meaningful youth programme that will represent young voices from around the world. As part of the Global Village, youth gets to set its own programming, which demonstrates the work and struggles of young people worldwide.

Our mission: To structurally destigmatize HIV & AIDS and contribute to the prevention of new infections by empowering young people. We aim to do so by mobilizing young people, strengthening youth voices and providing young people with opportunities for active participation so that the youth perspective cannot be ignored.

Youth Force

San Francisco and Oakland Youth Force (SFOYF) working groups

Advocacy Working Group

  • Ensure that key objectives for the SFOYF are met.
  • Produce advocacy tools and campaigns as preparation for the AIDS 2020 Global Village and Youth Programme
Lauren Parmley

Lauren Parmley

Local Co-Chair - Advocacy Working Group

Lauren is a Strategic Information Specialist at ICAP at Columbia University who provides technical support on projects funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She currently oversees biobehavioural surveillance surveys to estimate HIV/STI prevalence among men who have sex with men, female sex workers, and people who inject drugs in Zimbabwe and Zambia and supports HIV case-based surveillance and program monitoring and evaluation of HIV service delivery sites.

Communications Working Group

  • Work with the IAS Communications team to ensure that messaging is consistent with AIDS 2020, maintaining the theme of Resilience
  • Manage and develop content for the SFOYF website and all social media channels (for example, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
  • Review all publications and materials produced by SFOYF to ensure use of sensitive language and proper grammar.
Lucca Munnik

Lucca Munnik

International Co-chair - Communications working group

Lucca is a recent Social Development Honours graduate and program director for Periods For Hope, a South African NPO that runs SRHR programs to underprivileged schoolgirls and boys. Her experience includes conducting secondary HIV & AIDS research and support for international grant writing, client annual reports and baseline surveys. Lucca also enjoys freelance writing and aspires to specialize in community-based healthcare.

Terrance Walker

Terrance Walker

Local Co-Chair - Communications working group

Terrance Walker is a youth advocate & artist from Houston, Tx. Through his work with the National Youth Forum on Homelessness, Terrance has served as program consultant and grant reviewer for several national agencies. Terrance currently serves as Youth Program Coordinator for AIDS Project of the East Bay & Youth Engagement Specialist for The East Bay Getting to Zero Initiative in Oakland, CA where he works to facilitate the development of youth led governance structures which honors the lived experience and expertise of youth.

Global Village Programming Working Group 

  • Mentor young people interested in submitting applications for the Global Village and Youth Programme, including the Youth Positive Lounge and Youth Village.
  • Develop a programme for the Youth Village and work with the AIDS 2020 Secretariat to execute it.
  • Plan and coordinate accepted activities and booths for the Global Village and Youth Programme.
Aron Thiim

Aron Thiim

Local Co-Chair - Global Village Programmes working group

Aron Thiim is a mission-driven public health professional and social justice advocate currently working as a Program Manager for HIV/STI Prevention & Testing at the Justice Resource Institute (JRI) in MetroWest Boston. Aron’s areas of expertise include substance use disorders, sexual and gender minority health, incarceration and chronic homelessness. He also plans to pursue a clinical career in community-oriented primary care to develop sustainable interventions in under-resourced settings.

Youth Pre-Conference Working Group 

  • Plan and coordinate activities and sessions for the youth pre-conference.


Ali İhsan Nergiz

Ali İhsan Nergiz

International Co-Chair - Pre-Conference working group

Ali is a 5th-grade medical student at Istanbul University and Turkey Country Coordinator of International Youth Alliance for Family Planning. He has volunteered for both IAS2019 and AIDS2018 and is currently working in a local NGO as a project assistant on comprehensive sexuality education.

Cosima Lenz

Cosima Lenz

Local Co-Chair - Pre-Conference working group

Cosima is an Associate Technical Officer supporting child, adolescent, and youth programs at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) in Washington D.C. Her focal technical areas are adolescents, youth, and gender-based violence. Cosima also coordinates the Committee of African Youth Advisors (CAYA) and has supported youth activities in Guatemala and South Africa, as well as mystery client research with WHO. She has a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a Masters in Public Health from the University of California in Los Angeles.