Mission: Advocates for youth champions programs and advocates for policies that recognize young people's rights to honest sexual health information; confidential and affordable sexual health services; & the resources & opportunities necessary to create sexual health equity for all youth.
Programs: Youth empowerment: advocates trains thousands of youth activists each year to serve as leaders in the progressive movement. Advocates helps these emerging leaders to improve policy and practice at the local and state levels, centering the health and rights of youth from marginalized communities.
sex education: advocates is at the forefront of efforts to ensure that young people have access to honest and high quality sex education. Advocates' open-source, lgbt-inclusive k-12th grade curriculum, rights, respect, responsbility, is used in more than 50 school districts across the u. S. Reaching more than 2 million students. Advocates partners with two organizations on amaze. Org, an innovative series of animated videos covering pubertyand topics for young people, ages 10-14, theirparents and educators. Advocates is also testing an innovative virtual classroom developed by university of central florida as an inexpensive option to train teachers to implement quality sex education. Staff provides capcacity-building assistance and training for school districts across the country.
comprehensive hiv prevention education: advocates is a long standing leader in the field of youthhiv preventioneducation, and successfully advocated for the addition of gender expression and gender identity questions on the cdc's national youth risk behavior survey; built thecapacity of state education agencies to develop and implement sexual health education to contribute to reductions in hiv infection and other stds among adolescents; worked with local school districts to implement/expand hiv/sti testing and treatment in schools and school-based health centers; adapted and tested two evidence-based hiv/std prevention interventions for black and latino ymsm, and created a toolkit of best practices for mentoring youth living with hiv entering adult care to ensure continuity of care.
I am involved in a wide array of efforts and organizations related to reproductive health, rights, and justice. I first ran across Advocates for Youth while I was propped on my couch with a broken leg, looking for abortion stories. I made a small donation and began watching their work. Over time, I became so impressed that I eventually joined their board. Advocates understands youth culture in a way that few organizations do, in part because they respect young people and empower them to advocate for themselves and their peers. The organization is smart, evidence based, and nimble, and from what I hear plays well with others.
Advocates for Youth is an organization which truly "walks the walk" when it comes to advocating for comprehensive sex ed, LGBTQ+ equality and reproductive justice on behalf of young people across the nation. We're lucky to have a voice like AFY in Washington D.C.
Donations made to Advocates for Youth go towards youth empowerment and training to equip young people with the tools necessary to become advocates for rights which directly impact their lives. This organization is on the cutting edge of youth organizing and it is an organization I am proud to be a part of.
I work with Advocates as a youth organizer on Harvard's Campus with Advocates' Campus Organizers program and the 1 in 3 program. I have never worked with an organization that is more attentive to the safety and unique position of youth in our society. I wholeheartedly appreciate the rigor with which Advocates constantly assesses itself and its mission and articulates its broader ideal in the world of reproductive rights and health access.
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I've worked with this non-profit in my younger professional days and the staff and leadership have always been remarkable. The programming is top-notch and AFY is well-respected in the field of youth sexual and reproductive rights. At a time when there are many challenges to safe and evidence-based education and medical services, AFY is an important champion for young people in America and across the world.