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Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health. Advocates for Youth relies on dedicated staff to accomplish its mission. Below are current job and internship openings.










Fundraising Assistant (Part-Time), Development Department

Advocates for Youth is currently seeking to fill a part time Fundraising Assistant position, to be paid an hourly wage, for 20-30 hours per week on its Development team. The individual will be trained to do behind-the-scenes and frontline fundraising activities and will help develop the strategy to engage and inform young donors in support of Advocates’ mission. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants a non-profit career, especially those seeking leadership positions, since knowledge of fundraising and donor engagement is a vital skillset.

Advocates is highly committed to youth development, and therefore provides staff with a flexible and supportive work environment in which each person can find ways to pursue his or her own interests while here. The development team is lean and mean, so someone who wants to quickly become an integral member of team that raises $7.1 million annually and do substantive work is the ideal candidate. Speaking of ideals – ideally, we are seeking candidates that could begin immediately and work in the position for 1-2 years.

Responsibilities include things like:

  • Coordinating Advocates’ youth fundraising efforts, including supporting youth fundraising advisory board.
  • Stewardship of donations including thank you notes, thank you calls and reviewing current processes to identify creative ways to say thanks to supporters.
  • Following up on outstanding individual pledges via email, letter or phone.
  • Helping secure and steward sponsors to the organization’s annual youth leadership development institute.
  • Conducting and preparing background research on corporations, individual donors and foundations.
  • Editing and/or drafting foundation proposals and/or reports as well as compiling articles, reviewing fundraising appeals, and/or creating/updating other donor correspondence.
  • Administrative duties occur but will not make up all of the responsibilities – examples of common administrative duties include fundraising database entry, helping with mailings, etc.

What we are looking for (a.k.a. Qualifications):

  • High level of attention to detail and solid organizational skills.
  • Brilliance including strength and clarity when writing.
  • Ability (or willingness to learn) to prioritize and negotiate.
  • Familiarity with databases and/or data entry (or ability to figure it out quickly).
  • Ability to take direction as well as work independently.
  • Must be creative and willing to brainstorm.

Application procedures:

This position will be open until filled. Candidates should send a brief cover letter, resume, and two references to Jen Stark, Director of Development, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Subject line: I want your job. Yes, we are checking to see if you really are detail-oriented!

Youth Activist Network Coordinator

SCALE LEVEL: Coordinator

PROGRAM: Youth Activist Network

SUPERVISOR: Associate Director of Organizing & Mobilization

ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health. Since 1980, Advocates provides information, training, and advocacy to youth, youth-serving organizations, policy makers, and the media in the U.S. and internationally.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Organizing & Mobilization, the Youth Activist Network Coordinator will assist in efforts to expand, engage, and mobilize Advocates’ Youth Activist Network of 75,000 focusing on college campus based initiatives such as the 1 in 3 Campaign, and the Campus Organizer Team.


The Youth Activist Network (YAN) consists of approximately 75,000 youth from across the United States willing to take action to support young people’s rights to comprehensive sexual health information and services. Through new media, face-to-face meetings, and intensive trainings, Advocates provides these young people with information and builds their skills on issues such as reproductive and sexual health, advocacy, media outreach, and youth organizing, among other topics, in order to create an active and mobilized network of youth activists willing to conduct cultural and political advocacy. Within the YAN, the campus-based initiatives currently include the 1 in 3 Campaign, the Great American Condom Campaign, and the Campus Organizer Team.

The 1 in 3 Campaign is a grassroots movement to start a new conversation about abortion—telling our stories, on our own terms. Through harnessing the power of storytelling the campaign aims to challenge the cultural stigma around abortion and inspire action to strengthen the support for abortion access. Through the 1 in 3 Campaign, Advocates recruits, trains and supports activists from 20 campuses in organizing efforts to end stigma and promote access to abortion services.

The Campus Organizer Team is a project to train, support and mentor activists from ten college campus organizations across the United States, assisting them to mobilize and empower their peers in the fight for honest sex education, condom/contraceptive access, the rights of LGBTQ youth, and/or HIV prevention, among others. Campus Organizers serve as activists, advocates, and spokespeople at the local, state, and national level.


  • Recruit youth activists from college campuses to join Advocates' campaigns.
  • Facilitate youth activist trainings on campus organizing, advocacy, policy, and youth sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice.
  • Conduct on-going technical assistance, providing student organizers with strategic assistance, on-site training, resources, and materials to conduct advocacy activities on their campuses.
  • Serve as a one of the lead event planners of Advocates’ annual youth activist training institute, The Urban Retreat, a meeting of 140 activists held annually in Washington DC by facilitating planning meetings, coordinating staff responsibilities, working with program and policy staff to create overall training agendas, and oversee event logistics.
  • Coordinate two regional trainings for 1 in 3 Campaign activists in target states.
  • Build relationships with local and state reproductive justice organizations.
  • Prepare and develop activism toolkits, campaign materials, and background materials for use by campus activists.
  • Represent the organization in selected coalition meetings and activities, as requested. • Write monthly reports on activities.
  • Assist with other specific Youth Activist Network projects as necessary including, but not limited to, alumni engagement.
  • Other tasks as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree required. Must have at least two years of experience with student organizing and a demonstrated interest in young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, abortion access, advocacy, and policy. Demonstrated capacity to work with a diverse group is required along with good judgment, cultural competency, attention to detail, ability to work respectfully with peers and supervisors, and flexibility in a fast-paced environment. Ability to pay keen attention to detail, prioritize and/or seek guidance on how to prioritize projects, and meet tight deadlines. Event planning experience is a plus. Excellent interpersonal, writing, and communication skills. Commitment to Advocates for Youth’s mission and goals.

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, salary requirements and three references to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . No phone calls, please. Deadline for applications is close of business Friday, September 26, 2014.

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