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Tell US Secretary of State John Kerry to Support International LGBT Youth Rights
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 11:38

AFYJKerryLast week, we told you about young people gathering signatures in support of sex education, and asked you to support their efforts. And because you’re awesome, you came through: on October 1 youth activists will deliver over 4,000 signatures to Congress!

Now we need your help again.

Sign a petition asking Secretary of State John Kerry to support international LGBT Rights.

Joining us at this year’s Urban Retreat youth activism conference, are youth participants from Uganda, Nigeria, Nepal, Jamaica, Cameroon, and Liberia. They too have been hard at work organizing - in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth around the world.

Will you support youth activists by signing a petition in support of the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act?
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 20:43

AFYVision4SexEdAs you read this, young people are working hard to make comprehensive sex education a reality. They’re knocking on doors, holding campus events, and organizing their friends online, all to gather support for the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (REHYA). The REHYA will dedicate federal funding to comprehensive sexual health education programs that will finally provide young people with the skills and information they need to make informed, responsible, and healthy decisions.

Will you support youth activists by signing a petition in support of the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act?

An Open Letter to School Districts to Address Transgender Student Rights
Tuesday, 27 August 2013 10:39


As the start of another school year approaches, feelings of excitement and possibility are in the air. Parents and families are packing their little ones’ backpacks and sending them off to their first days of school. Middle school and high school students are reuniting with old classmates. Teachers, administrators, and other school staff have eagerly prepared for a year of successful learning. What brings all these groups together, what makes a school community great is the common desire to provide a safe and supportive environment that encourages high quality learning for students. In consideration of your students academic success and well-being, we ask that state and local school districts take the time to acknowledge the diversity that exists in your school community and, in particular, provide a safe and supportive space for transgender and gender non-conforming students – students whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth.

Make Your Voices Heard on International Youth Day!
Friday, 09 August 2013 06:41

by Janine Kossen, Director, Public Policy

Every August 12, the world celebrates International Youth Day.  This year’s theme is “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward.” As advocates dedicated to advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young people, you might be asking, what’s migration got to do with SRHR?  Well, just about everything.

Nearly half of the world’s population—more than 3 billion people—is under the age of 25. Furthermore, young people under the age of 29 make up half of all global migrants. During the process of migration, young women and girls tend to be more vulnerable to human rights violations, particularly SRHR violations, including violence, exploitation, and sexual coercion.  Moreover, migrant women and young people are also at increased risk of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections due to inadequate access to health services, including sexual and reproductive health services. As a result, ensuring that young migrants have access to SRHR information and services as well as the full protection and promotion of their human rights is absolutely critical. As the largest donor of foreign assistance, the United States government plays a unique role in delivering global health programs around the world. 

GACC applications are now OPEN!
Thursday, 01 August 2013 14:31


Start the school year off right: apply to become a Great American Condom Campaign SafeSite and receive 500 Trojan condoms to help finally make condoms normal on your college campus.

The Great American Condom Campaign is a youth-led, grassroots movement that will make the U.S. a sexually healthy nation one campus at a time. Each year, GACC members give out one million Trojan Brand condoms on college campuses across the country to educate their peers about sexual health, and organize to improve the policies that affect young people’s health and lives.

Stop the Return of the Global Gag Rule
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 11:34


Before President Obama took office, foreign non-governmental organizations receiving international family planning funds couldn’t answer women’s questions about abortion. They couldn’t provide abortions, refer women to abortion providers, or advocate for safe abortion care in their communities and their countries - even using their own funds.

It was called the Global Gag Rule. And it could come back at any time unless we take action today.

Ask your Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Global Democracy Promotion Act to permanently repeal the Global Gag Rule.

We Mourn Trayvon Martin
Monday, 15 July 2013 08:41

The circumstances surrounding Trayvon Martin’s death and subsequent trial stand as a painful reminder of the implicit and explicit racism, prejudice and danger many young people face in the course of their everyday lives. We have the responsibility as a society to provide youth a safe environment to grow up in, and in Trayvon Martin's case, we failed in so many ways.

Young people around the nation have been galvanized by these events. They will not tolerate the continuing criminalization of young black men. Together we must create a society where all young people have a secure stake in the future.

Our hearts go out to the Martin and Fulton families and all who knew Trayvon Martin. He will not be forgotten.

For more, please watch 100 Young Black Activists Respond to the George Zimmerman Verdict via The Black Youth Project.


They won't silence us
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 03:14

Across the country -- in Texas, Ohio, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and too many other states -- access to safe abortion care is vanishing before our eyes because of unnecessary and burdensome restrictions. How can we keep up our commitment to women’s health, even as far right politicians force more and more anti-abortion bills through state legislatures? We do it by changing the culture of shame and stigma around abortion. We do it by sharing stories and by speaking up in support of women.

Share your story with the 1 in 3 Campaign today. Whether you have a personal experience with abortion, or want to share why you support women’s access to care, you can speak out with 1 in 3.

Be a part of creating a culture of compassion, empathy, and support for access to basic health care.

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