The mission of the National Working Positive Coalition is to facilitate systems change so people living with or at greater vulnerability to HIV can consider, access, and participate in work aligned with self-determined goals.
The vision of the National Working Positive Coalition is a just world in which people living with or at greater vulnerability to HIV can participate equitably and meaningfully in life.
The NWPC shares the following values and will promote these values in our work:
- People living with or at greater risk for HIV have the right to explore and engage in work opportunities as a central function of their efforts to live full, independent and satisfying lives.
- Individual choices of people living with or at greater risk for HIV related to work must be respected. The diversity of positive work outcomes including, but not limited to, paid employment must be recognized.
- Vocational services must be responsive to the diversity of work experiences and cultural backgrounds of people living with or at greater risk for HIV.
- Consumer choice and control of decision-making related to work must be the foundation of services, research, program design and policy-making.
- People living with or at greater risk for HIV must have access to necessary supports to explore, consider, pursue and engage in work. Systemic barriers to the vocational development of people with or at greater risk for HIV must be removed.
- Individual experiences of living with HIV and transitioning to work are non-linear and change over time. Any service, research, program design or policy related to HIV and work must take this dynamic into account.
- Communication, cooperation and collaboration are essential between people living with HIV, those at greater risk for HIV, and those who are crucial to positive outcomes for people living with or at greater risk for HIV. The NWPC respects the unique contributions of all.