Damien Center



I work at the Albany Damien Center and have begun a program designed for addressing HIV/STI in people of color. We keep the groups open, but this is our main area for target interventions. We have recently rented out the apartment space above Rocks Bar on Central Ave. We are turning it in to our office space and community drop in center.

I would love to touch base with you can discuss our program more in depth and see if there is any opportunity for us to collaborate on projects. I hope this finds you well. Tale good care.


Steve Hendrickson, Lead Project Coordinator

The Albany & Schenectady Damien Centers

The Resource Centers for People Living with HIV/AIDS

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Drag show


Our annual drag show is coming up on May first at 8pm in the west hall auditorium. It is always a fun time. The cost is $5 in advance or $10 at the door, to benefit the Damien center and those with AIDS. Check out the past shows on RPI TV.


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2015 Alternative Prom

This year’s Alternative Prom is on Friday, May 29th from 7-11pm at The Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium @ The College of Saint Rose (420 Western Avenue, Albany). We’re expecting 400+ youth, 100 adult chaperones, a number of different organizations from throughout the Capital Region tabling, plus free rapid HIV testing throughout the evening. We thought last year was big, but we’re hoping that this year is the biggest yet! Hopefully you can help us get there just like last year, we are hoping to have student groups throughout the Capital Region, help make APROM a success. Not to mention, it’s our 18th anniversary of the Alternative Prom, so we want to make it great!

APROM 2015 Flyer

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Union College Interfaith Youth Core’s northeast regional conference

Hello Friends,


Have you ever felt unsure about how to address religious issues?

Have you ever been stereotyped for your social, ethnic or political views?

Do you wish for a more accepting community?

Then come to: “Interfaith and Social Justice: Activism through our own Worldviews”.

Events at Chapel Hill, Ferguson, and across the world have demanded that youth begin to organize and stand against injustice. At this conference, you will be involved in workshops that teach you how to start local/international organizations, create public demonstrations in your communities, and deal with conflicts between human rights and cultural relativism. Discussions will also revolve around gaining greater insight into ourselves and using self awareness to positively impact others.

So, mark your calendars: Friday, April 17th – Sunday, April 19th. We’ll kick things off on Friday at 5pm and finish up on Sunday at noon.

The following world-renowned speakers will also lead several workshops:

Chris Stedman – Exec Director of the Yale Humanist Community, author of Faitheist

Mustafah Abdullah – A central activist in the Ferguson protests

Frank Fredericks – Founder of World Faith, an organization committed to enhancing grassroots development initiatives around the world

And the best part is that the conference is completely free! All we ask is that you bring $20 dollars for dinner on Saturday. You also have the option to stay in a hotel room with 3 additional roommates for $20 each if you prefer to not sleep in Union College housing. Keep in mind that we will not be providing transportation, but we are happy to help you plan your journey to Schenectady, NY.


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Day of Silence


Today is the day of silence which is the annual day of action to protest the bullying and harassment of LGBTQ people. You can participate by not speaking today and instead carrying a pad of paper to communicate. This event helps with visibility and is an easy way to get started in activism.

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