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What is #FreeThePill Youth Council?

The #FreeThePill Youth Council is a collaboration between Advocates for Youth and Ibis Reproductive Health and is made up of youth activists from across the country who are working in their communities to bring birth control over-the-counter, covered by insurance with no age-restriction. For more information, check out: https://www.advocatesforyouth.org/campaigns/free-the-pill-youth-council/

What do #FreeThePill youth council members do?

Advocates for Youth will provide 15 selected youth organizers with advocacy and media training, ongoing technical support, campaign supplies, and $600 each semester for related campus events. Other in-person and/or virtual trainings will also be available throughout the year.

The goals of #FreeThePill Youth Council members are to:

  • Serve as activists, advocates, and spokespeople for affordability and accessibility of over-the-counter birth control pills
  • Mobilize fellow young people to support campaigns to ensure over-the-counter birth control pills are covered by insurance, without age-restrictions.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of digital, on-campus, and local campaigns to raise awareness about the need for accessibility of over-the-counter birth control pills.
  • Educate the media on issues related to contraceptive access for young people

Who can apply to be a #FreeThePill youth organizer?

Applicants must:

  • Be ages 16-24
  • Participate in any major #FreeThePill actions, most of which you will be able to help plan and coordinate
  • Organize one large scale event to or mobilize support for the campaign
  • Participate in monthly check-ins with Advocates for Youth staff as well as team conference calls
  • Submit monthly reports to Advocates’ staff
  • Be available to attend and fully participate in the Youth Activist Institute (Sept 5-10, 2024)

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