Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health. Advocates for Youth relies on dedicated staff to accomplish its mission. Below are current job and internship openings.
SCALE LEVEL: Coordinator
PROGRAM: Youth Activist Network
SUPERVISOR: Associate Director of Organizing & Mobilization
ORGANIZATIONAL DESCRIPTION: Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and promoting policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health. Since 1980, Advocates provides information, training, and advocacy to youth, youth-serving organizations, policy makers, and the media in the U.S. and internationally.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Under the supervision of the Associate Director of Organizing & Mobilization, the Youth Activist Network Coordinator will assist in efforts to expand, engage, and mobilize Advocates’ Youth Activist Network of 75,000 focusing on college campus based initiatives such as the 1 in 3 Campaign, and the Campus Organizer Team.
GENERAL PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
The Youth Activist Network (YAN) consists of approximately 75,000 youth from across the United States willing to take action to support young people’s rights to comprehensive sexual health information and services. Through new media, face-to-face meetings, and intensive trainings, Advocates provides these young people with information and builds their skills on issues such as reproductive and sexual health, advocacy, media outreach, and youth organizing, among other topics, in order to create an active and mobilized network of youth activists willing to conduct cultural and political advocacy. Within the YAN, the campus-based initiatives currently include the 1 in 3 Campaign, the Great American Condom Campaign, and the Campus Organizer Team.
The 1 in 3 Campaign is a grassroots movement to start a new conversation about abortion—telling our stories, on our own terms. Through harnessing the power of storytelling the campaign aims to challenge the cultural stigma around abortion and inspire action to strengthen the support for abortion access. Through the 1 in 3 Campaign, Advocates recruits, trains and supports activists from 20 campuses in organizing efforts to end stigma and promote access to abortion services.
The Campus Organizer Team is a project to train, support and mentor activists from ten college campus organizations across the United States, assisting them to mobilize and empower their peers in the fight for honest sex education, condom/contraceptive access, the rights of LGBTQ youth, and/or HIV prevention, among others. Campus Organizers serve as activists, advocates, and spokespeople at the local, state, and national level.
Bachelor’s degree required. Must have at least two years of experience with student organizing and a demonstrated interest in young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights, abortion access, advocacy, and policy. Demonstrated capacity to work with a diverse group is required along with good judgment, cultural competency, attention to detail, ability to work respectfully with peers and supervisors, and flexibility in a fast-paced environment. Ability to pay keen attention to detail, prioritize and/or seek guidance on how to prioritize projects, and meet tight deadlines. Event planning experience is a plus. Excellent interpersonal, writing, and communication skills. Commitment to Advocates for Youth’s mission and goals.
SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with experience.