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Youth Activists

Youth activists advocate for change within their communities—working to promote honest, open communication about sexuality and to safeguard your access to sexual health information and services.

Read the youth activist bios below to find out what they are doing in the community.

Learn more about our programs for youth activists:

Aidan

I’m fighting to create a more equal and equitable sexual dynamic, one in which both partners are responsible for a healthy sexual relationship.

Ana Laura

I carry my father's advice with me:  "Always remember who you are and where you came from."  As a young woman of color who grew up in a disadvantaged low-income community, I will stand up and fight for my community. 

Andii

In this day and age, I think there should be no questions or rumors when it comes to sex education, but complete facts.

 

Amara

I want my generation to understand their responsibility as members of this society to take the utmost care of themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. 

 

Arleen

I want for the young people to know where to go and have contraceptives and information readily available for them. 

 

Belinda

I choose to be a youth advocate because I believe in taking a stance. It’s important to have a say in the policies that affect you. 

 

Bree

While the fight against STI/HIV/AIDS still plagues communities of color, especially women, I see it as my duty to bring forth change through awareness. 

Briana

I am proud to be part of a generation that is not only full of incredible activists, but is innovating activism for a whole new era. 

Caitlyn

I want so badly for not one more of my peers to grow up without the knowledge of their own body and anatomy. I want not one more young woman to be denied the rights to her own health. I want to provide my friends and peers and fellow women of color with the education they deserve.

Camille

Given the right tools and information, I am convinced that all people can create change in this huge epidemic. If I can reach out and save one life, I feel that I am succeeding in my mission.

 

Cella 

I would like young people of my generation (and specifically youth of color) to have the same choices available to youth of privilege.  I would like for them to have safe communities, health access, decent housing, employment opportunities and everything that would support healthy decision making around their gender, bodies and sexuality.

Dana

Consistent legislative and local attacks on women’s reproductive rights motivate me to do more to work for these rights, and show that women have a powerful voice. 

 

Danielle

I went to my first protest my sophomore year of college, against a personhood bill, and I’ve been an active protestor, organizer and organization member since then. 

Dinora

Even though this is just the beginning of my involvement in advocacy, I can’t wait to learn the skills I need to advocate for the rights of youth in my community. 

 

Eric

When Boston College moved to thwart my organization’s distribution of condoms on-campus due to conflict with the Church, I realized how important the issue of comprehensive healthcare is to all students, regardless of a student’s religion. 

Fiona

I want to leave a legacy behind in my community, one that will prepare youth for decisions about sex and allow Asian-American households to share the bond that comes from open, honest discussion.

Foster

I love lobbying work, and I am excited to be loud and proud in the faces of those who unfairly dictate what is taught to students in my state. 

 

Ghenet

Leadership can be intimidating at times, and one may not feel “ready” to accept the roles and responsibilities that come with leadership, but if we continue to look at others to take on the role we are “scared” of, how will our voices be heard? 

Hannah

I got involved in activism as I learned more about reproductive justice and healthcare in Texas – I still feel amazed by what our elected officials are attempting to do in our state. 

Jean

We have the power and if we rise up together we can demand constitutional laws guaranteeing equality across the board. We can get the government out of medical decisions. 

Jerome

I hope to continue some great work within the next year with YouthResource: lifting up young people and helping gain visibility to issues relevant to our movement.

Kalilah

I hope that my work will help to alleviate the pain that marginalized groups face on a daily basis.

Katie

I want to see a community that is devoted to the sexual rights of each of its citizens, celebrating and benefiting from diversity, while seeing the ways in which each of our individual experiences  are interconnected. 

Mario

Day in and day out I strive to make a difference and help my peers to avoid hardships like discrimination and bullying over the course of their lives.

Mary

I want future generations to not be blamed or stigmatized. I want young people to know all that they are capable of and to live in a world that allows them live freely. 

Nic

As a peer health educator involved in activism, I am motivated by the idea that I am a part of a demographic that is disproportionately affected and uninformed about their sexual health 

Quincy

If we can spread the message to people, especially youth, about their sexual health rights today, then their lives might become a little better, smarter, and wiser for tomorrow. 

Rikki

The most important points to take away from my activism story are: it is a process. Don't be afraid to get dirty, never stop examining your motives, and check yourself.

Scarlett

It’s essential for youth to advocate for sexual health and rights so that together we can create a brighter better future for our children. 

Shannon

For me, activism isn’t something I do when I have time, but a part of my daily lifestyle. I understand the necessity and feasibility of doing small, but powerful actions every day.

Sharmane

I want all young people  to feel safe to express their identities and know that there are resources and communities to help embrace them.

Sidhartha

I thought everyone’s sex ed experience was similar to mine - I was shocked to find out not everyone's was as positive. That's what fuels my motivation to keep on supporting this campaign.

Sohee

I want to transform the strict and limited resources on Guam so future generations can empower themselves to express their sexualities freely and responsibly without the fear of being ostracized.

Stephen

I started at a very young age in my humanitarian and voluntary work, and I served as a youth board member for one of Nigeria's NGOs working on sexual health.

Taashaylaray

I want children to grow up in a world where they can be open and be able to understand who they are. I don’t want them to ever feel ashamed about themselves.

Tiffany

I will spend the rest of my life pursuing social justice until “All men AND WOMEN are created equal.” 

Tim

I want Texas schools to offer students an honest forum in which they can safely learn about sex and how to be safe; this means that abstinence-only programs have to go. 

Tyler

I do this work because I know how it feels to face the overwhelming reality of discrimination that all LGBTQ youth must overcome. I know how it feels and I want to be a part of making it a thing of the past. 

Ursula

I want people to talk about sexual and reproductive health and rights issues freely. I firmly believe that until and unless we young people start acting, the policy of Nepal will never ever be changed. 

Veronica

I became a sexual health activist after I realized that my peers and I were being misrepresented in educational resources and policy. Being fueled by my anger and rage,  I have gone on to advocate for many marginalized groups including young people of color, the LGBTQ community and the disability community.

 
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