World AIDS Day, December 1st, was established in 1988 to fight against, show support, and commemorate people who have died of HIV. The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year in spreading awareness and supporting the prevention of HIV. The Foundation seeks to continue to break the transmission cycle as well as raise money to provide care for those affected. Significant progress has been made in the prevention of AIDS however still today, 37 million people worldwide live with HIV, and HIV/AIDs continues to be the second leading cause of death for teens across the world.  Also, AIDs-related deaths in young people ages 10-19 have tripled since 2000.  Elizabeth Taylor provides an excellent example of what it means to make an impact and be a mentor, as she continues to do so through her foundation and her dedication to raising funds to prevent this pandemic from growing in 2016. If you have time, check out her amazing mentoring story here. Also, we recommend reading Firooz Zahedi’s book, My Elizabeth.

Photo Credits to Firooz Zahedi

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About Dawn Carroll

Dawn Carroll, Executive Director of Over My Shoulder FoundationThe Over My Shoulder Foundation started with a song called “Over My Shoulder,” with lyrics written by Dawn as a duet to be performed by legendary Patti Austin and one of her mentees, Lianna Guiterrrez. Dawn’s vision was to musically weave together her message: that without support and emotional sustenance we can become lost, disconnected, and unstable—as individuals and as a society. As the Executive Director of OMSF, Dawn has inspired programs like the MIDDIES, which ask people to stop and pay tribute to those who helped navigate them to success. As Dawn states, “The dream behind the OMSF is to celebrate, nominate, and reward mentors and mentees: a new cadre of creative talent which will have the leadership skills to amend many of our social and economic crises.”

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