About our founder: On March 28, 2010 on his eighteenth birthday Robert was diagnosed with AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). In December of the same year he was also diagnosed with Cancer. Despite these lives changing events Robert prevailed. With much prayer and strong will he beat cancer and became HIV undetectable (controlled). After three years of living with the virus, Robert formed his own organization, HIV Positive Youth That Pledge to Empower Themselves and Others or (H.Y.P.E). H.Y.P.E was created from inspiration, love, and compassion. About H.Y.P.E. to Empower, Inc.: H.Y.P.E. to Empower, Inc. aims to transform the lives of children, youth, young adults, families, and communities living with HIV. H.Y.P.E.’s targeted population are HIV positive children, youth, and young adults between the ages of 5-30 years old, and their families affected by HIV.
Our comprehensive and relevant services at H.Y.P.E. involve community services, HIV-education, academic education, counseling, medical, social, and professional support, and self and social empowerment.
In addition to our direct services for HIV positive individuals and communities, we also aim to provide our skills and expertise to persons, groups, organizations and businesses who wish to utilize the HYPE model in targeting areas where they wish to make a difference.
For more than five years, HYPE has made it its mission to equip youth and communities living with HIV with the capacities to be leaders in their communities and to promote the interests of their communities.