About Us


Advancing HIV prevention, youth development in urban low-income communities, and improving health education through innovative strategies, art and cross-cultural curricula.

Who We Are

The hallmark of Transdiaspora Network’s work is our tailored, holistic approach to HIV prevention, which focuses on culturally-, linguistically-, age- and gender-appropriate activities and information that are customized to the populations we work with, to communicate critical health information. Our curriculum goes beyond the conventional HIV prevention package (i.e. safer sex, abstinence). Our workshop sessions bridge the wellness gap among youth of low-income and immigrant backgrounds, incorporate their community’s cultural patterns, and create a sense of ownership over their own health through art. We also provide PrEP/PEP Decision-Making Education & Counseling*.

{trans-di-as-po-ra}  / TDN  / a new paradigm for youth development that transcends boundaries, connects cross-cultural strategies, local practices and personal narratives.

Trans- (trans, tranz)  a prefix meaning: 1. Above and beyond; transcending.

Diaspora (d ī  as’ pə  rə) n.  [Gr. diaspora , a scattering  < diasperein,  to scatter < dia-, across + sperein,  to sow]  1. any scattering of people with a common origin background, beliefs, etc.

Silver Award Stamp 2014

Transdiaspora Network (TDN) is an organization in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that has brought the global discussion on HIV/AIDS and youth engagement to a local level through social innovation.

Our organization has been granted full membership at:
– UN Mayor Groups: NGOs, Women & Youth and Children
– UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s WG on Youth and Gender Equality
– UN Policy & Strategy Group

We are one of the few U.S.-bound associate members of CIVICUS, an elite global alliance of civil society organizations and activists, and are engaged with Medgar Evers College’s Liberty Partnership and Upward Bound Programs.

In addition to our development educational enhancement programs, the RIPPLE program™ and the BOLD Initiative™, TDN leads a larger community project named Tour to Health™, where we foster collaborations in various ways with NYC-based international entities, community-based organizations and local institutions from the public and private sectors. Our Cross-cultural Youth Exchange Fellowship™ benefits underprivileged young leaders by securing their involvement at international forums and global initiatives. Annually, we celebrate excellence and outstanding achievements at the community level through our Changemaker Award™ gala.    

We are recipient of the New York State Health Commissioner’s Distinguished Service Award provided by the AIDS Institute. TDN’s cutting-edge HIV prevention curriculum and cross-cultural understanding as well as its community leadership has been praised by U.N.-related entities, NYC governmental offices and high studies institutions as well as prestigious institutions from the public and private sectors.

Silver Award Stamp 2014

TDN is a proud recipient of the 2014 Silver Communicators Award (non-profit/charitable website category), which honors excellence in marketing and communications for social enterprises that exceed industry standards in quality and achievement at a global scale. This award is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of Visual Arts.

We are a proud member UNAIDS Fast Track Strategy 90-90-90, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Brooklyn Knows Steering Committee, the Kenneth Cole Community Action Program, the National Latino AIDS Awareness Day Network, the HIV Prevention Justice Alliance, and the We Are All Brooklyn Coalition.

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*Certified by NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control


  • 04/10/2018 National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - Only 10% of U.S. high school students have ever been tested for HIV ...>>read more    
  • 03/31/2018 Community Blog - Transdiaspora Network blog has been updated with a new report regarding the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women... >>read more         
  • 09/16/2017 TDN Emergency Relief Fund - The path of destruction left behind by Hurricane Irma means victims’ need for assistance is only beginning... >>DONATE HERE!    
  • 08/13/2017 IYLA Global Summit - Transdiaspora Network has registered a 20-member delegation to the International Young Leaders Assembly Global Summit... >>read more    
  • 07/27/2017 Youth Building Peace - Our founder Ariel Rojas, and a delegation of youth, are invited to attend the commemoration of the International Youth Day 2017 at the United Nations... >>read more