Youth Leadership Council Application (2015-2016)
Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2015.
Who are we?
The Alabama Alliance for Healthy Youth (AA4HY) is a statewide collaborative grassroots effort comprised of youth working along side community organizations to improve sexual health education in Alabama. We believe that the youth voice is vital in the ongoing conversation regarding sexual health education. As we spread throughout the state, we are seeking youth with a passion for the health and rights of youth across Alabama, public policy, and advocacy to become leaders of the movement by joining the Youth Leadership Council The Youth Leadership Council prepares a diverse group of young people to help shape the advocacy work of the AA4HY. Members of the Council are responsible for the planning and implementation of efforts to enact change at the local and state level. The Youth Leadership Council offers an important vehicle for youth input into these efforts. As a leadership board, they also mobilize other young people around the state to fight for honest, responsible sexual health education policies and programs. Members of the council will develop their own individual work along with working collaboratively with the rest of the council. The three primary focuses of the initiative are cultivating a stronger youth movement, developing an advocacy campaign to change state level policies, and push for local school boards to change their sex education curricula to a more comprehensive model. Students serve on the leadership council during the academic year (September 2015 through May 2016). The time commitment is approximately 4-5 hours per week, and students earn a stipend of $100 per month ($900 total).
- Young person, age 15-24, with a passion for preventing unintended teenage pregnancy and the transmission of STIs, including HIV/AIDS - If in school, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher - Leadership and public speaking experience - Good verbal and written communication skills - Proficient in the use of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube - Ability to respectfully work with a wide range of groups and individuals, including LGBT (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender) persons, people of different cultural, religious, racial and political backgrounds and people with disabilities
What is expected of you?
- Attend five Mandatory meetings: an orientation session in September, an Urban Retreat on Sept 17th-21st, a 1-day retreat in January 2015, and Youth Advocacy Day in April 2016. - Participate in advocacy efforts with legislators, school leaders, school board members and community members - Work with local, state and national media, as needed - Share ideas and collaborate with other leaders and alliance members - Recruit peers to like AA4HY’s Facebook page and add at least 100 youth to the AA4HY email distribution list - Organize at least 1 event in your local community - Complete a simple progress report each month - Attend monthly meetings/phone calls during the course of the year - Respond to emails and phone calls in a timely manner
What can you expect?
- Learn about advocacy and its potential to impact policy - Gain information and skills that will benefit you throughout your school and work careers - Immersive experiences in the arenas of sexual health and advocacy - Share your experience and perspective with important decision-makers in Alabama - Make a difference in a fun and exciting way - Travel and attend events and trainings - Develop leadership skills in order to affect change at the state and local level
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