The mission of the National AIDS Memorial Grove is to provide, in perpetuity, a place of remembrance so that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not forgotten, and the story is known by future generations.
As a community and as an organization, we always remember where we began, but we also continue to look forward. We know that despite growing misperceptions that the epidemic is contained, HIV/AIDS continues to ravage communities and truncate the lives and aspirations of millions of people. We are acutely aware that 25% of new infections domestically, and 40% of new infections globally, are among youth and young adults.
We believe that we have an ethical imperative to help create—and support—the next generation of HIV/AIDS leaders, be these doctors, nurses, activists, health care professionals, policy makers, or even philanthropists by helping them as they pursue their education and careers.