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Urban Retreat 2012
Friday, 21 September 2012 10:08

The 13th Annual Urban Retreat starts this week -  September 27 to October 1!

Each year over 120 youth activists gather in Washington, D.C. to share expertise with one another and Advocates for Youth staff; learn about the latest findings and legislation that affect reproductive health; participate in trainings; and make a commitment to be lifelong advocates for young people's reproductive and sexual health and rights. Then they head to Capitol Hill to educate their representatives on why comprehensive sexual health education is so important for young people. 

This year, the groups attending the Urban Retreat include:

1 in 3 Organizers.  These college students attend a special pre-conference where they will learn how to support abortion rights through sharing women's stories.  

State Youth Activist Councils from Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, and South Carolina.  Working with partner organizations, these groups of young people will motivate for comprehensive sex education and other important youth rights at the state and community level.

Campus Organizers.  These students at colleges and universities organize their fellow college students to work for youth reproductive and sexual health and rights.  

International Youth Speak Out members from Jamaica, Nepal, and Nigeria lead councils in their home countries to promote youth inclusion and youth sexual health and rights.

International GLBT Health and Rights advocates work for the rights of LGBT people in their home countries.

International Youth Leadership Council members are US-based college students who advocate on behalf of young people in low and middle income countries.

Young Women of Color Leadership Council members advocate for HIV prevention and reproductive justice and the inclusion of young women of color in prevention programs.

YouthResource members advocate for LGBT rights in their communities and provide peer education and support to LGBT young people.

It's a diverse gathering, but these young people all have one thing in common:  they are fierce, motivated activists working hard to make youth voices heard!

Thanks to this year's generous sponsors! (Named after the jump)

 

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Remembering Tim Allen
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 12:35

Advocates for Youth is greatly saddened to share news of the passing of Tim Allen, the Youth Activist Coordinator of the SWARM (Students with a Responsible Message) Youth Council, a project of Tell Them and Advocates for Youth.  His colleague Emma wrote this appreciation.

Tell Them has suffered a tragedy this week. Tim Allen, our Youth Activist Coordinator, passed away late Sunday night. This is a tremendous loss for our staff, and for all those who knew Tim.

Tim volunteered for Tell Them at the University of South Carolina for two years before we hired him in the summer of 2011 to coordinate the SWARM Youth Council. I remember the first time we met him – Tim walked right up to the Tell Them table, said “I want to make a difference,” grabbed a Tell Them t-shirt and petition and started collecting names.

Tim was a master organizer. He could go to any event and come home with 300 signatures – in about 2 hours! His passion for reproductive health, particularly AIDS prevention, was contagious. He cared so deeply for this movement that he would jump at any opportunity to donate his time and energies to whatever was needed. He was our “go-to” guy.

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Enter the One Voice Summit Essay Contest
Thursday, 06 September 2012 10:11

The One Voice Summit essay contest  is an opportunity for U.S. based youth activists ages 16-24,  interested in the intersection between climate change and reproductive and sexual health and rights.

The One Voice Summit consists of a two-day training and a policymaker education day for youth activists who are interested in environmental and reproductive justice issues domestically and globally.

The contest deadline is September 28, so enter today, or learn more after the jump!

 

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Book Club today!
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 07:54

Advocates for Youth's online book club is happening TODAY on Twitter.  This month's book was The Absoutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.  Come on over and share what you thought of the book and how it can be used as a tool for frank discussions of sexuality and relationships as well as social justice and health disparities. 

 
10 Days of Activism
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 07:51

Under the theme “Nothing for Us Without Us”, Y-PEER (Youth Peer Education Network) in partnership with organizations and individuals from around the globe working with young people is launching the third annual “10 Days of Activisim” (10 DoA) campaign from 1st to 10th September, 2012. In last year’s 10DoA, young people in 20 countries reported over 230 activities which reached more than 10,700 people. The goal for this year is to reach young people in 50 countries including young people in school, out of school, young key affected population and marginalized youths.  Check out the blogs here and the rest of the campaign here!

 
Summer 2012 Newsletter
Monday, 20 August 2012 18:49

From stories of our amazing youth activists, to federal, state, and U.S. Foreign Policy updates, to the latest news and research, our Summer 2012 Newsletter has something for everyone.  Check it out!

 
29,575 Reasons to Say "Thank You"
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 07:00

by Deb Hauser, President, Advocates for Youth

You did it! Because of your work, today we celebrate a victory.

Last winter, the Milton Hershey School publicly refused admission to a 13-year-old student simply because he is HIV positive even though living with an HIV-positive person poses no risk to others. In response, thousands of you mobilized friends and signed the petition demanding that the school change this misguided, discriminatory policy.

Yesterday, they did just that! Under advisement from the Department of Justice, school administrators announced that they have reversed their policy and have offered admission to the student in question.

This victory once again shows what a tremendous impact you can have. One of Advocates for Youths fundamental beliefs is that young people have the right to education free from stigma and discrimination. Now, thanks to 29,575 of YOU as well as the work of our amazing allies, including the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and the Department of Justice that right has been upheld.

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