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Joining our Youth Activist Network is how so many change-makers get their start in activism, make friends with activists across the country, and begin to build their power as organizers.


Join our Youth Activist Network to be one of 150 youth activists aged 14-24 in a year-long fellowship who receive training, support, and $600 per semester to organize for reproductive justice in your community! Those accepted will be flown to Washington, DC to receive in-depth training at our Youth Activist Institute in September. This life-changing experience networking with youth activists and building organizing skills has been virtual for the past two years, but depending on COVID conditions and guidance from the CDC, we plan to hold it in person this coming September 8th-12th.


Our activists have used our training and resources to bring gender-neutral housing to their campus, pass state legislation expanding abortion access, urge their campuses to adopt better policies to combat sexual assault, advocate for better HIV policies in their cities, educate their communities about LGBTQ Muslims, and so much more. Each council works on different issue areas related to young people’s reproductive and sexual health. Take a look at each program page below for more information.

Accepted applicants will get two $600 stipends (one per semester). Responsibilities include:

  • Speaking about the work of your council on your campus or in your local community
  • Attending virtual council meetings
  • Checking in with your council coordinator, a member of Advocates for Youth staff who can provide advice and guide your activism
  • Planning, promoting, and participating in weeks of action (here’s an example from Abortion Out Loud, and here’s an example from YWOC4RJ.) 
  • Creating content such as newsletters, brochures, and social media toolkits (here’s an example from #FreeThePill Youth Council).
  • Speaking to media about issues if you’re comfortable (we provide training!) 
  • Click below to read more about the council you’re interested in joining, as each council has unique qualifications and priorities.


Before applying here, keep scrolling to learn about our programs below and decide which one you’d like to apply to. (Still have questions? Watch our FAQ video below, where Advocates for Youth staff go over each program and answer questions. Feel free to fast forward to the program that interests you.)


Know Your IX

Know Your IX is a survivor- and youth-led project that aims to empower students to end sexual and dating violence in their schools. Organizers educate college and high school students about their rights to an education free from gender violence and discrimination.

Muslim Youth Leadership Council

MyLC is comprised of a cohort of Muslim young people from across the country, working together to challenge Islamaphobia in the U.S. These create safe and supportive spaces for LGBTQ Muslim youth.

Student Organizing

Student Organizers are high school and college student leaders who serve as activists, advocates, and spokespeople at the local, state, and national level. With the support of Advocates for Youth, they lead issue-based campaigns for school, local, or state policy changes that support young people’s sexual health and rights.

Young Womxn of Color 4 Reproductive Justice

The Young Womxn of Color Leadership Council is a group of 14-24 year old young womxn of color who serve as the leadership team for the YWOC4RJ Collective. YWOC4RJ organizes to decrease sexual health disparities in communities of color.

YouthResource Leadership Program

YouthResource is a leadership program designed by and for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) young people of color. YouthResource members advocate around LGBTQ health and rights isusses in their communities and on their campuses.

Engaging Communities around HIV Organizing

ECHO recruits, trains and supports a cohort of young people living with HIV to serve as leaders in the fight to end HIV stigma and criminalization. Recognizing HIV’s impact on young people of color, including Black and Latino YMSM and trans youth of color.

Abortion Out Loud Campaign

Abortion Out Loud, formerly the 1 in 3 Campaign, harnesses the power of storytelling, grassroots organizing, leadership development, and policy advocacy to end abortion stigma and strengthen support for young people's access to abortion.

#FreeThePill Youth Council

Young people working in their communities to bring birth control pills over-the-counter, covered by insurance with no age-restriction.

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