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Thanks for a great Urban Retreat 2013!
Monday, 07 October 2013 10:16

Last weekend was the 14th annual Urban Retreat, when 130 activists from around the United States and from the Global South gathered in Washington DC, for an amazing weekend of inspiration, education, and friendship!

“I can't stop thinking what an amazing weekend this has been. From growing as a leader, making new friends that are just like family, and getting to know incredible youth-- I've had the time of my life here.” – Ignacio, Youth Resource

Click through to read all about the events of the weekend and see pictures of Advocates’ fierce youth activists at work!

Thursday, 26 September 2013 00:00


Whether you need info about condoms yourself or are a peer educator and/or activist looking to get the facts to a friend, Condomology is the place to start.

Condomology is a new initiative from the American Sexual Health Association aimed at ensuring that people have fact-based information in plain, understandable speak that we can all use and share.

You’ll find videos, slideshows, charts and other information covering the “ins and outs” of condoms and sexual health. Check it out, watch the videos, and share the infographic

The 14th Annual Urban Retreat!
Monday, 23 September 2013 09:27


The 14th Annual Urban Retreat starts this week - September 26-30!

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.

Thank you to our coalition partners for sponsoring Advocates for Youth’s 14th annual Urban Retreat!

Ally Level:

ANSIRH | Human Rights CampaignNational Latina Institute for Reproductive JusticeReligious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Champion Level:

IPAS | NARAL Pro-Choice New York

Hero Level:

Planned Parenthood Federation of America

This year, the groups attending the Urban Retreat include:

1 in 3 Week of Action
Thursday, 19 September 2013 10:11


From October 22 to 29, activists, campus organizers, and people just like you will host events all around the country for the 1 in 3 Campaign Week of Action, to start a new round of conversations about abortion access and our shared experiences.

We're looking for 50 people to host events, and we need your help!

When we launched the 1 in 3 Campaign, we began a bold new conversation about abortion, to elevate women's real life stories rather than political rhetoric and divisive language. Since then, you've shared thousands of stories and inspired countless conversations. You are breaking the silence!

Tell US Secretary of State John Kerry to Support International LGBT Youth Rights
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 11:38

AFYJKerryLast week, we told you about young people gathering signatures in support of sex education, and asked you to support their efforts. And because you’re awesome, you came through: on October 1 youth activists will deliver over 4,000 signatures to Congress!

Now we need your help again.

Sign a petition asking Secretary of State John Kerry to support international LGBT Rights.

Joining us at this year’s Urban Retreat youth activism conference, are youth participants from Uganda, Nigeria, Nepal, Jamaica, Cameroon, and Liberia. They too have been hard at work organizing - in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth around the world.

Will you support youth activists by signing a petition in support of the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act?
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 20:43

AFYVision4SexEdAs you read this, young people are working hard to make comprehensive sex education a reality. They’re knocking on doors, holding campus events, and organizing their friends online, all to gather support for the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (REHYA). The REHYA will dedicate federal funding to comprehensive sexual health education programs that will finally provide young people with the skills and information they need to make informed, responsible, and healthy decisions.

Will you support youth activists by signing a petition in support of the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act?

An Open Letter to School Districts to Address Transgender Student Rights
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 10:39


As the start of another school year approaches, feelings of excitement and possibility are in the air. Parents and families are packing their little ones’ backpacks and sending them off to their first days of school. Middle school and high school students are reuniting with old classmates. Teachers, administrators, and other school staff have eagerly prepared for a year of successful learning. What brings all these groups together, what makes a school community great is the common desire to provide a safe and supportive environment that encourages high quality learning for students. In consideration of your students academic success and well-being, we ask that state and local school districts take the time to acknowledge the diversity that exists in your school community and, in particular, provide a safe and supportive space for transgender and gender non-conforming students – students whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.

Make Your Voices Heard on International Youth Day!
Friday, 09 August 2013 06:41

by Janine Kossen, Director, Public Policy

Every August 12, the world celebrates International Youth Day.  This year’s theme is “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward.” As advocates dedicated to advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young people, you might be asking, what’s migration got to do with SRHR?  Well, just about everything.

Nearly half of the world’s population—more than 3 billion people—is under the age of 25. Furthermore, young people under the age of 29 make up half of all global migrants. During the process of migration, young women and girls tend to be more vulnerable to human rights violations, particularly SRHR violations, including violence, exploitation, and sexual coercion.  Moreover, migrant women and young people are also at increased risk of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections due to inadequate access to health services, including sexual and reproductive health services. As a result, ensuring that young migrants have access to SRHR information and services as well as the full protection and promotion of their human rights is absolutely critical. As the largest donor of foreign assistance, the United States government plays a unique role in delivering global health programs around the world. 

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