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Testing Makes Us Stronger
Thursday, 12 February 2015 12:44

Advocates for Youth is proud to lead the Testing Makes Us Stronger (TMUS) campaign. Approximately 1 in 4 new HIV infections is among youth ages 13-24. Of that number, same-gender loving black men ages 13-24 represent approximately sixty-percent of the HIV epidemic among youth. Every day, hundreds of young, same-gender loving Black men are faced with a myriad of different life experiences that impact their overall health and wellness.

Please join Advocates for Youth as we support young Black, same-gender loving black men in their efforts to leading healthy lives. For more information about Testing Makes Us Stronger campaign and please visit:www.advocatesforyouth.org/stronger.  


Request FREE materials here.  

The adaptation of Testing Makes Us Stronger (TMUS) is one part of a five-year cooperative agreement between Advocates for Youth and the Centers for Disease Control Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH). The project aims to implement supportive, school-centered HIV/STD prevention programs and school-based HIV/STD prevention related policies to reduce HIV and other STD risk and disparities among black and Latino YMSM ages 13-19. This work is done in partnership with local education agencies in three cities (Broward County, Florida; Los Angeles, California; and San Francisco, California) who will work in collaboration with community-based organizations to implement multiple program activities to meet the HIV and STD prevention needs of black and Latino young men who have sex with men.

 

 
Declare your love for safe abortion care
Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:47

Want to show your love for access to safe abortion care this Valentine’s Day? Bee sweet to your honey, or some otter special person in your life and send them a 1 in 3 Valentine for just $5! Check out the new Valentines for 2015! Click here to send out your Valentine!  

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The attacks are relentless
Thursday, 22 January 2015 13:48

Forty-two years after the Roe v Wade decision legalized abortion, attacks on access to safe abortion care are relentless, from state legislatures, to the media, to the very sidewalks outside family planning clinics. Today, Congress voted to pass HR7, a bill that targets low income women by restricting insurance coverage of abortion.

Donate $7 to help us keep abortion safe and affordable for all women.

In this bleak environment, we need a new strategy--one that puts women's real life abortion stories at the center of our national debate over women's access to safe and affordable abortion care.
Now more than ever before we need to elevate the stories of people from all walks of life who have had an abortion. We need to create real and lasting results by building a culture of compassion, empathy, and support for access to basic health care.

We need your help to make it happen. Donate $7 to help us keep abortion safe and affordable for all women.

You can help us end the stigma and shame.

 
Mourning the Death of Leelah Alcorn
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 14:58

We mourn the death of Leelah Alcorn, a transgender teen who took her own life this week. Leelah left a note in which she described the difficulties she faced growing up trans. She described the relief she felt when she learned about transgender people and could put a name to how she felt about her own gender, and she described the harmful and misguided attempts to “correct” her gender expression which she experienced from many adults in her life.

According to some studies, over half of transgender teens will attempt to take their lives before they are twenty. Too often, they live in hostile environments and face unwelcoming, even dangerous, schools and communities. Like Leelah, many are forced to undergo psychiatric counseling which attempts to change who they are. This kind of “therapy” is unethical, and is a violation of young people’s rights and a danger to their health.

Transgender young people should be accepted and celebrated for who they are. We need to ensure their dignity and create opportunities for happiness and fulfillment. Leelah hoped her death would not be in vain and that people would learn from it and offer support and love to trans teens. We honor her legacy and will continue to work to realize her vision.

 
Tickets Selling Fast - Get Yours Now!
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 10:17

The groundbreaking theatrical production Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign premieres in Washington, D.C. on January 20.  

The 1 in 3 Campaign, a project of Advocates for Youth, welcomes playwrights, feminists, youth activists, theater enthusiasts and abortion care supporters to delve into this insightful production at the historic Studio Theatre. Composed of 13 scenes from 10 different female playwrights with one sole mission: to create a new conversation about abortion and move beyond the political rhetoric and divisive debate to a more personal understanding of the role abortion plays in women’s lives.

Purchase your tickets today!

 
Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for the New Year
Tuesday, 23 December 2014 10:13

It's been an exciting and challenging year at Advocates!  From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

Check out what we got up to in FY2014 here.

Here's to a great 2015!

 
Rolling Stone, Campus Sexual Assault, and Know Your IX
Monday, 08 December 2014 12:58

A recent controversy about Rolling Stone's article about sexual assault at the University of Virginia, and the magazine's subsequent retraction of that article, has sparked lots of conversation about sexual assault on college campuses.  Rolling Stone's handling of the situation was regrettable.  But in the maelstrom of criticism, it's important to remember that the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses is real.  At least 85 colleges or universities are under investigation due to concerns about how they handled allegations of sexual assault.  Too few campuses are doing the work of not only overhauling policies, but changing a culture on campus that normalizes sexual assault and blames survivors rather than perpetrators.

Our friends at Know Your IX, a national student campaign against gender-based violence, wrote this piece for MSNBC:

"Here’s the thing: Campus violence is very real. The national effort to address these harms has been heavily reported, but the rape, harassment, abuse, and assault started long before journalists turned their attention to our lives. They occur now whether or not you believe Jackie or any other student. But I hope you do.

If we spent all the energy we expend questioning survivors instead preventing violence, just imagine the impact we could have."

Read the full article

 

 
Out of Silence Print
Friday, 05 December 2014 11:21
Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign (1 in 3 play)

Press Release: Advocates for Youth’s 1 in 3 Campaign Announces Production of Groundbreaking Play

For Immediate Release: September 16, 2014
Rachel Cooke, Advocates for Youth

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1 in 3 Campaign reveals plans for the Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign, a series of vignettes inspired by women’s real life experiences with abortion, coming to a theater January 2015 Washington D.C., – Today, the 1 in 3 Campaign is proud to announce a transformative theatrical piece that will deepen and expand our understanding of women’s experiences with abortion—Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign. One in three women will have an abortion in her lifetime, but for too long the culture of shame and stigma have pushed these stories to the fringes, or worse, into silence. The play will feature a series of vignettes written by a diverse set of multi-generational, female playwrights based on the over 400 stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign. The play will be co-produced by Jacqueline E. Lawton and directed by Marie Byrd Sproul. In the same vein as The Vagina Monologues, Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign will explore a wide range of situations and experiences. The play will continue the 1 in 3 Campaign’s mission to start a new conversation about abortion and move beyond the political rhetoric and divisive debate and will instead highlight the importance of abortion plays in the lives of women. “Plays have a long history of introducing new perspectives and shifting public discourse, while providing audience with a safe space to grapple with important social issues” says Debra Hauser, President of Advocates for Youth. “We have been honored to receive these stories from women across the country. Each story is unique and brings a fresh perspective to the issue, but what is most remarkable are the commonalities that bind us. It is our hope that after seeing these plays performed, the audience will understand that women who seek abortion are our sisters, daughters, mothers, and best friends. Our voices need to be heard and we are thrilled to bring that to stage for wider audiences.” In keeping with the 1 in 3 Campaign’s dedication to highlighting and furthering the activism of Millennials on abortion access, the play will be made available, for free, for youth activists to stage on their college campuses and their communities. The script for Out of Silence: Abortion Stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign will be available on the 1 in 3 Campaign website. The play is comprised of a series of short scenes, monologues and point-of-views all inspired from the stories of the 1 in 3 Campaign. The first private read-through for youth activists took place early September 2014. Creative team included co-producer Jacqueline E. Lawton, director Marie Byrd Sproul, dramaturgs Hannah Hessel Ratner and Laura Esti Miller, playwrights Allison Currin, DW Gregory, Caleen Jennings, Nicole Jost, Kristen LePine, Soo-Jin Lee, Danielle Mohlman, Mary Resing, Noelle Viñas, and Anu Yadav and actors Lolita-Marie, Patricia Dugueye, Amal Saade and Jennifer Speerstra.. A fully produced play will be performed for the public in a professional theater in January 2015 around the anniversary of Roe v Wade. “It’s been an honor working on this project,” says co-producer Jacqueline E. Lawton. “I was deeply touched after reading the stories from the 1 in 3 Campaign, and I feel that Out of Silence creates room for better understanding of the complexities of people’s lives and the need to protect women’s rights.” “Bringing this production to the stage has been an insightful experience both personally and professionally,” says director Marie Byrd Sproul. “These stories need to be heard, they need to be brought out for all of us to listen to and respect.”

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The 1 in 3 Campaign, a project of Advocates for Youth, is a grassroots movement to start a new conversation about abortion that uses storytelling to end the stigma around abortion care in America and to ensure that abortion remains safe, legal, and affordable. http://www.1in3campaign.org/

Co-Producer biography:

Jacqueline E. Lawton was named one of the top 30 national leading black playwrights by Arena Stage’s American Voices New Play Institute. She received her MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. Lawton has worked as a dramaturg and research consultant at Active Cultures, Actors Theatre of Louisville - Humana Festival of New American Plays, African Continuum Theater Company, the Arden Theater, Arena Stage, Discovery Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Folger Shakespeare Library, the Ford's Theatre, Horizons Theater, Howard University, the Hub Theatre, Interact Theatre, Kennedy Center VSA Program, Morgan State University, Redshift Productions, Rorschach Theater Company, Round House Theatre, Theater Alliance, Theater of the First Amendment, Theater J, Tribute Productions, University of Maryland, Virginia Stage Company, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. She serves on the Advisory Board of African Continuum Theatre Company and as the Diversity and Inclusion Online Conference Curator for TCG. She is a proud member of Arena Stage's Playwright's Arena and the Dramatist Guild of America. www.jacquelinelawton.com

Director biography:

Marie Byrd Sproul is a freelance director. DC area credits include: Director, One-Minute Play Festival (Round House Theatre); Assistant Director to Jeremy Skidmore on The Beauty Queen of Leenane and to KJ Sanchez on ReEntry (Round House Theatre); Assistant Director to Aaron Posner on The Conference of the Birds (Folger Theatre) and The Last Five Years (Signature Theatre); Director, Stage Door (American Century Theatre). Other Regional theatre credits include: Assistant Director to Gavin Witt on Twelfth Night, to Jeremy Cohen on Let There Be Love and to KJ Sanchez on ReEntry (Centerstage); Co-Director of The Decade Plays (Centerstage); Assistant Director to Aaron Posner on The Game's Afoot (The Cleveland Playhouse); Director, The Wrestling Season, The Why, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (ShenanArts).
 
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