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Written by Sarah Azrak, Naina Kaur Dhingra, and Jonathan Stacks
Revised and Updated by Marcela Howell
This toolkit is designed to assist you and other youth in organizing on reproductive and sexual health. It provides useful tips and guidance for grassroots campaigns in general, but it focuses on this specific campaign.
Chapter 1. My Voice Counts! The Campaign for Youth's Right to Reproductive & Sexual Health Information & Services
Addresses what the My Voice Counts! Campaign is, Advocates Rights. Respect. Responsibility.® philosophy, and what youth activists can do.
Chapter 2. Educating Your Community
Covers how to conduct a community forum and how to gather petition signatures.
Chapter 3. Making Your Voices Heard
Addresses working with the media and makes advocacy understandable and easy. It's not hard, and the tips given here will make it even easier.
Chapter 4. Additional Considerations & Tips
Provides more tips that will be useful in organizing your campaign. Tips include how to respond to opposition and criticism, how to build a coalition, and how to stage a rally or picketing event.
Provides samples and online resources that will be useful in organizing your campaign.
Azrak S et al. My Voice Counts! Campaigns for Youth's Reproductive and Sexual Health: Advocacy and Organizing Toolkit. Washington, DC: Advocates for Youth, 2005.