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

In addition to the RIPPLE program™, a development educational enhancement curriculum, our organization is dedicated to implement the Cross-cultural Youth Exchange Fellowship™, a summer program camp that benefits underprivileged young leaders by securing their involvement at international forums and global initiatives.    

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.

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  • 09/04/2018 Nelson Mandela Peace Summit - On Sept. 24th, our President/Founder Ariel Rojas will be in attendance as an observer to the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit at the United Nations headquarters.    
  • 09/04/2018 New ECOSOC President - Earlier this summer, Rhonda King of the Caribbean island nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, was voted in as the new President of ECOSOC... >>read more    
  • 08/20/2018 Kofi Annan's AIDS legacy - Mr. Annan characterized the impact of AIDS as the single greatest reversal in the history of human development, the greatest challenge of our generation... read more>>      
  • 07/15/2018 Long Life to the teens! - Note from TDN founder following the statement of soccer legend Pelé... read more>>    
  • 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