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Wellness and Support Services During the Youth Activist Institute

This year Advocates is pleased to welcome back Brianna Suslovic to provide wellness and support services to youth activists during the YAI. Brianna (she/her) is a social worker based in NYC and Chicago. She is trained in crisis intervention and counseling as well as more holistic modalities such as Reiki. During this year’s YAI, Brianna will be available during the entirety of the YAI weekend for individual check-ins via Zoom. phone call, and Slack.  Brianna will provide a private, confidential, virtual space for any YAI participants who would like support to process emotions or talk through any issues that may come up. Conversations to address big or small feelings with Brianna will typically last between 5-45 minutes. In a crisis situation where someone’s immediate safety is at risk, please note that Brianna will need to notify staff.  We hope that you will consider taking advantage of Brianna’s services if you would like to and don’t hesitate to be in touch with your coordinator if you have any questions.
During breaks throughout the YAI, Brianna will also be available to host an optional meditation room open for anyone to join. You can find the link to this room here.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Advocates for Youth?

Advocates for Youth is a nonprofit organization that works alongside thousands of young people here in the U.S. and around the globe as they fight for sexual health, rights, and justice.

What is the Youth Activist Institute?

In the past, Advocates for Youth’s youth activists have gathered every year in Washington, D.C. for an intense weekend of training and learning to be strong organizers in their communities. The training is followed by a day on Capitol Hill, where youth activists visit their elected officials in Congress and urge them to support policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. Youth activists leave fully equipped with the skills and tools they need to organize for change. By joining an Advocates for Youth council, youth activists become a part of a wider Youth Activist Network of over 130 activists around the country. In light of COVID-19 and deep-rooted injustices that continue to be exposed, we believe that this is the time to further politicize, deepen, and engage our base of youth through strategic grassroots organizing. The Youth Activist Institute will shift to a virtual platform, spread out before and after the conference weekend, and incorporate similar components such as organizing training, guest speakers, unique workshops, and a lobbying opportunity. Youth activists will emerge from the Institute with a vision, tangible demands and a strategic plan to organize their communities for sexual health, LGBTQ rights, reproductive justice, and collective liberation.

Who are Advocates for Youth staff?

We're so glad to meet you! Learn more about us at the links below.

Are YAI sessions open to the public?

Some workshops are open to the public, and we'll share which ones on the main conference page (https://www.advocatesforyouth.org/about/youth-activist-institute-2020/) as that information becomes available.

How can I get in touch?

Email info@advocatesforyouth.org for more information.

I'm having difficulty accessing Zoom, Slack, Google products, or another tool I need for the conference.

While staff appreciate a heads up about outages or other difficulties, we may not have the expertise needed to properly answer your question. So, we advise you to seek help directly from Zoom, Slack, or Google, etc. As a last resort, if you are unable to access a session and cannot resolve the problem, reach out to your program coordinator.

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