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What is the YWOC Leadership Council?

YWOC is a group of 14-24-year-old young women and non-binary people of color from across the country  organizing for reproductive justice. We develop the leadership of intersectional feminists and mobilize young people of color in solidarity with each other to create a society free from all forms of reproductive oppression. The Leadership Council serves as the steering committee for the YWOCCollective and regularly engages the larger collective through online and offline activism opportunities.


What do YWOC organizers do?

  • Organizers receive training and resources throughout the year in order to:
    • Launch issue based campaigns or mutual aid projects for reproductive justice in their schools or local communities. Some past examples of YWOC member campaigns include organizing for free menstrual products at a state level, organizing for abortion on campus, and more..
    • To advocate for the inclusion of young women and non-binary people of color in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of sexual health and reproductive rights programs and policies.
    • To engage and mobilize young women and non-binary people of color ages 14-24 on issues that impact them and their communities.

Who can apply to join YWOC?


Participating in YWOC  is a year-long commitment from July 2024 – May 2025. Members of YWOC will receive a stipend of $600 per semester – a total of $1,200 for the year – upon meeting the requirements of the program.

Applicants must:

  • Be ages 14-24
  • Identify as a person of color.
  • Identify as a woman, non-binary, genderqueer, agender, or any gender identity that is not male.
  • Attend the Youth Activist Institute: This year, we’re so excited to be hosting the Youth Activist Institute in Washington, D.C! Activists accepted into our program are required to attend the Youth Activist Institute in-person this September 5-9th, but in the instance you are not comfortable traveling due to the risk of covid-19, there will be a limited hybrid option for participants. 

If you have questions, please email kinjo@advocatesforyouth.org

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