LYFT Council Application

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    JOIN the LYFT Council!

    The Louisiana Youth for Truth (LYFT) Council is made up of 10 passionate activists from across Louisiana that support and promote high-quality, comprehensive sexuality education, increased access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services for all young people. We work to ensure that young people have a voices in the debate around what young people can and should learn and access when it comes to their sexual health. IWES in partnership with Advocates for Youth prepares this diverse group of young people to help shape LYFT's advocacy work. Working closely with the HIV Prevention & Advocacy team at IWES, council members take a grassroots approach to comprehensive sexuality education, social and reproductive justice, and other related policy issues by training and m mobilizing other young people to speak out about issues that impact their lives. Each activist will serve on the LYFT council for the duration of the academic year (August 2015 through May 2016). Activists must commit approximately 15-20 hours per month and will receive a stipend of $100 per month for their work ($1,000 total). LYFT Goals: - Raise awareness among young people about the need for STI and pregnancy prevention efforts for themselves and other young people; - Advocate for comprehensive sexuality education in Louisiana schools; and - Empower other youth to get involved in their communities. Qualifications: 1. High school or college student, age 15-24 2. A passion for sexual health advocacy, including STI/HIV prevention, LGBTQ health and rights, and/or other social justice issues. 3. Good leadership skills, and proven ability to work well in a group. 4. Strong verbal and written communication skills. 5. Experience with the use of social networking and social media tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Tumblr. 6. Ability to respectfully work with a wide range of groups and individuals, including LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) persons, people of different cultural, religious, racial and political backgrounds, and people with disabilities. What does the LYFT Council Expect of Activists: - That you care about comprehensive sexuality education and sexual health advocacy -That you will attend all trainings and meetings, including an in-state orientation in August/September and an all-expenses paid youth advocacy institute in Washington D.C. September 17-21, as well as regular monthly group or individual check-in meetings with the LYFT program coordinator -That you will meet with legislators, school board members, community leaders, and other youth in your community to advocate for comprehensive sexuality education and other reproductive and sexual health/rights/justice issues that impact young people - That you will work with local, state and national media as needed - That you will share ideas and collaborate with other council members at the staff at IWES and Advocates for Youth - That you will help to build a network of other young people interested in this work - That you will be open-minded, respectful and work in allyship with those who are different from you What can YOU expect from the LYFT Council: - $100 per month from August 2015 through May 2016 ($1,000 total) - To meet, work with, and learn from amazing young leaders from across the city, state and country - To gain information and skills that you will be able to utilize throughout your school and work careers - To collaborate and make connections with IWES and Advocates for Youth staff who care about these issues as much as you do - The opportunity to travel and attend trainings across the state and the country - To share your unique experience and perspective - Hard work, excitement, and fun ... all while making a difference!
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