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

Transdiaspora Network as a social enterprise is a meaningful partner in the New York movement of ending the HIV epidemic throughout the diaspora by fostering health equity and engaging culturally diverse youth as leaders in local communities.

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 promote treatment as prevention by providing PrEP/PEP Decision-Making Education & Counseling and HIV testing in partnership with community-oriented clinical facilities.

{trans-di-as-po-ra}  / TDN  / a new paradigm for youth development that transcends boundaries, connects cross-cultural strategies, local practices and personal narratives… the interconnectivity of peripheral communities related to common social issues such as health literacy and youth engagement… the language of science translated into the language of diasporic communities beyond dialects.

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 NGO recognizes and supports the implementation of health-related initiatives that commemorate and welcome the International Decade For People of African Descent (2015-2025).

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

In addition to the RIPPLE program™, a development educational enhancement curriculum, our organization is dedicated to implement the Cross-cultural Youth Exchange Fellowship™, an initiative that benefits local underrepresented groups as well as underserved 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.

Other awards: The Credit Suisse Americas Foundation’s Community Improvement Award and the 2010 AIDS Walk Fundraising Award.

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  • 08/20/2019 Transcending Partnership Agreement! - NYS Assemblymember Diana Richardson welcomes long-term partnership with our NGO...read more>>    
  • 08/19/2019 Outstanding Outcome! - Transdiaspora Network senior managers meet NYCDOHMH representatives with positive results...read more>>        
  • 08/12/2019 International Youth Day - Message from TDN Chief Operating Officer... read more>>    
  • 08/11/2019 TDN Community Blog Updated - Take a look at the latest entries posted in our blog written by our Cross-cultural Youth Exchange Fellow... read more>>     
  • 07/11/2019 ECOSOC High-Level Political Forum - TDN representatives and partners attended this transcending meeting at the U.N...>>read more