I want my generation to understand their responsibility as members of this society to take the utmost care of themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Amara-Nycole is a peer educator with YouthResource.
Activism has always played a major part in my life. Throughout my life I have been involved in many causes such as women’s health and various political movements. But I didn’t get fully involved in the youth sexual health and rights movement until I was in college and I noticed all the different groups and organizations I could be a part of. In high school I had always noticed the lack of information and ridiculous myths circulating about things such as homosexuality, sexually transmitted infections, and sex just to name a few.
Activism has always played a major part in my life. Throughout my life I have been involved in many causes such as women’s, adolescent, minority, and GLBTQ health. But I didn’t get fully involved in the youth sexual health and rights movement until I was in college and I noticed all the different groups and organizations I could be a part of.
When I came to college, all of the things I had seen in high school were just the same and they motivated me to make and be a part of the change I wanted to see. I never wanted to see someone mistreated for their sexual orientation and I know there is a way to reduce the amount of STIs circulating with the right education. While in college I have participated on campus as a peer educator for sexual health issues for students on campus. I have also taken an active interest on my campus involving GLBTQ youth, involving peer education program in that area. Advocates for Youth and YouthResource have given me the tools to continue my efforts.
Being a part of Advocates for Youth and YouthResource, I just want my generation and those following to be able to be themselves, and fearless, knowing that they can live in the world and be respected. My other important mission would be to help my peers understand their need to protect themselves and know there is information. We as a community have to be proactive, use our knowledge and give it to those around us. It is important that we advocate for sexual health and rights for ourselves and the future because if we don’t no one will and there can be no change. My friendships, my peers, and my love for the community motivate me. We have the greatest capacity to change this country and world and I am grateful I can be a part of it. I’m here to answer any questions about advocacy, YouthResource, or opportunities. Stay educated. Educate.