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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.

GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

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.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

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, October 3, 2014.

 
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