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Just because it’s Halloween, don’t let Amendment 67 trick you. It would ban all abortions and severely limit women’s access to reproductive health care services.

Check out this video made by our partners over at Colorado Youth Matter and the CREATE Council that shows how scary Amendment 67 actually is.

Remember to Vote No on Amendment 67 next week to truly protect women’s reproductive care in the state of Colorado.

Learn more about the No on 67 Campaign.

 

Tweet now!We’re not fooled by your costume, Amendment 67. Learn how scary

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This article was written by a youth activist with Advocates for Youth, who wished to share her story anonymously.

[Trigger Warning: rape, sexual assault]

When I was a senior in high school, I was raped. My rapist was my most recent ex-boyfriend at the time and my rape was one of the many facets of an emotionally manipulative and abusive relationship. Despite my interest in feminism and advocating for survivors of sexual assault, it took me an incredibly long time to realize what had happened to me was rape, …

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Elections are just six days away! Now is the time to make YOUR voice heard.

I’m asking you to make a commitment to yourself and your community — take the pledge to ShowOUT in 2014!

Elections matter – they are the time to show your support for the candidate that best represents your values and lived experiences. It’s a time to hold your elected officials accountable.

TAKE THE PLEDGE NOW to speak out, turn out and vote in 2014.

As young people, we have an incredible opportunity to make …

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Tomorrow, October 11, marks the 3rd annual International Day of the Girl! This day highlights, celebrates, and advances young women’s and girls’ lives and opportunities across the globe.

Add your name in support of girls’ health and rights!

Let’s continue to ensure that young women and girls are agents of change in their local, national, and global communities. Together we can bring an end to gender based violence, early and forced marriage, and lack of access to sexual and reproductive health information, education and services. The Girl Declaration, the …

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We were all shocked and angered by the Supreme Court’s decision that certain corporations can decide which birth control methods are covered under employees’ health insurance plans — a decision that could put birth control out of reach for millions of women.

But there’s still hope: the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been tasked with drafting new rules to carry out the decision. In other words, HHS has to figure out how women can access the contraception they need. Now, we’re working in partnership with Young …

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Thank you. Because of your support, we are creating a world where all young people have the right to lead healthy…

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Written by Heather, an activist with the 1 in 3 Campaign. 

With the 38th anniversary of the Hyde Amendment here, allow me to dispel some myths using basic math. Here’s the myth: millennials and those born after Hyde was implemented are apathetic or are no longer doing the work to lift the health care coverage bans that deny abortion services to so many. Here are the facts: I, a 24-year-old born 14 years after Hyde, was among 180 abortion access advocates that participated in the All* Above All Hill Education …

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No person should have their pregnancy options limited because they cannot afford to have an abortion. We have not fully secured abortion rights until everyone has access to safe, affordable abortion care.

That’s why we are part of All* Above All, a coalition of organizations committed to restoring public funding for abortion care.

Sign the All* Above All Declaration in support of repealing the Hyde Amendment.

Thirty-eight years ago today, the Hyde Amendment was passed for the first time, barring the use of federal funds to pay for abortion …

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Today is the largest voter registration day of the year, National Voter Registration Day!

Let’s ensure that all our voices are represented in our democracy.

If you are voting for the first time this November, or have moved since the last time you voted, register today! It’s free and takes less than 10 minutes.

Young people have an incredible opportunity to make a huge impact on the political process. In 2012, 18-29 year-olds made up 21% of the voting eligible population in the US. That number will rise to …

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It’s that time again – time when young people from around the nation travel to Washington, DC for the Urban Retreat!

Each year over 120 youth activists gather in Washington, D.C. to share expertise with one another and Advocates for Youth staff; learn about the latest findings and legislation that affect reproductive health; participate in trainings; and make a commitment to be lifelong advocates for young people’s reproductive and sexual health and rights. Then they head to Capitol Hill to educate their representatives on why comprehensive sexual health education …

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Applications are now closed, GACC Safe Sites will be notified in October!

Did you miss this round? Come back in December when applications open again!…

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Check out the 2014 Youth ShowOUT! The campaign will engage and mobilize young voters across the country through on the ground organizing, social media activism, and online actions at youthshowout.org.  Advocates for Youth (Advocates), Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), and Planned Parenthood Generation (PPGen), a project of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, are joining forces for this exciting new national civic engagement campaign.

In 2014, young voters will do more than just turn out–they will ShowOUT! Youth leaders are educating their peers, registering voters, participating in voter pledge drives, volunteering, …

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You took action and the President heard you loud and clear. Thanks to your action, and…

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It’s just wrong that hardworking and dedicated young people can be fired for being gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, or queer. For being who they are. These young people have no protection. No recourse.

We need our President to stand strong. And right now, he can make a big difference for thousands of LGBTQ federal employees and contractors. Join us in demanding that President Obama and his Administration do the right thing and sign executive orders protecting LGBTQ workers without needless exemptions that would open the door to discrimination.

With …

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It’s been a tough few days for us here at Advocates. Last week the Supreme Court ruled against buffer zones at abortion clinics, and just a couple hours ago the Court put women’s access to contraception in jeopardy.

We could give you a long, legal explanation of the cases, but in short—until our society recognizes that sexuality is a normal, healthy part of being human, we’ll continue to get devastating decisions like these.

Donate today so we can continue to fight for our personal freedoms and reproductive health

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Question: Were you a part of one of our youth programs? If so, join our new Advocates Alumni Network!

For more than a decade, Advocates for Youth has led programs for youth activists from across the United States and around the world focusing on sexual and reproductive health issues. We are in awe of the passion, vision and leadership you have taken over the years. And…well, we miss you! What you’ve been up to?

Let’s face it, we have history together! Perhaps you were a Campus Organizer, and advocated …

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Guest post by Lara Brooks

Lara S. Brooks is a Chicago-based youth worker fighting for transformative justice, queer and trans youth spaces, a never-ending supply of harm reduction options, and holistic health access for youth experiencing homelessness. Brooks works with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health as a youth rights advocate.

During the first week of April 2014, youth leaders rallied at the Illinois state capitol to advocate for their reproductive rights and generate awareness about the dangers of the Parental Notification of Abortion Law (PNA). The Illinois …

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As activists from the U.S and around the world, will you stand in solidarity with your LGBT identified friends and peers on May 17?

My name is Urooj, and I lead Advocates for Youth’s efforts to help young people fight homophobia and transphobia around the globe. In too many countries, LGBTQ youth face discrimination that threatens their lives and their access to sexual and reproductive health and rights including access to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

Recently, I was in Pakistan to meet with LGBTQ youth activists and allies. They …

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As activists from the U.S and around the world, will you stand in solidarity with your LGBT identified friends and peers on May 17?

Over the course of this year alone, we have seen an escalation of violence and harassment targeting LGBT people across the globe. The harmful targeting of LGBT youth, or persons perceived to be LGBT, continues to threaten young people’s human rights as well as their ability to lead healthy, safe, and successful lives. Which is why we must stand up, not just on The International

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After three years of community mobilization and advocacy efforts, the School Board of Broward County unanimously passed one of the most comprehensive sexual health education policies in the nation!

And young people were at the center of those efforts. Join them in saying “Thank You” to the School Board of Broward County for supporting comprehensive sexual health education!

Congratulations to the Broward County Youth Council for all their hard work in making sure that young people have access to the resources and education they need to make healthy decisions …

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Prom season is in full swing! Students across the country are reserving limos, renting tuxes, and posing for those classically awkward photos for their parents. But while we’re enjoying the glamour, let’s not forget safety! It’s always better to protect ourselves – and our partners – and these images are a reminder to do it in style. #promswag!

Share on FacebookIt’s always better to protect ourselves – and our partners – and these images are a reminder to do it in style. #PromSwag. http://bit.ly/PromSwag

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Are you looking for ways to participate in National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day? Here are 5 easy ways to get to you started!

Get tested for HIV! Find a testing center in your area here: http://aids.gov/locator/.

1.Join NYHAAD Youth Ambassador Wesley and Advocates’ NYHAAD Coordinator Sulava Gautam-Adhikary on April 10 at 5:30 PM EST on HUFFINGTON POST LIVE for a convo on the impact of HIV on young people.

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3.Participate on social media! Follow NYHAAD on Facebook and Twitter using @YouthAIDSDay and #NYHAAD! And join us

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“Art begins with resistance.” – André Gide

Art has great power. It can get your attention. It can make you think. It can even change your mind. That’s why art can be such a powerful tool for activists. Now we’re asking you to use that power to change the conversation around abortion.

Host a 1 in 3 Week of Artivism event to showcase people’s real stories of experiences with abortion.

During the week of April 21-27, activists around the country will host 1 in 3 Week of Artivism events …

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Are you a young person (14-24 years old) who is:

  • Passionate about fighting for young people’s rights to sexual health information and services?
  • Interested in connecting with youth leaders from across the country?
  • Dedicated to developing skills to make a difference in your community?

Apply today to join one of Advocates for Youth’s programs!

If selected, you will have opportunities to: develop new organizing and leadership skills; become informed on sexual and reproductive health issues; connect with passionate young people from across the country; and build skills to make …

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by Amber Morley Rieke, Special Projects Fellow

The Supreme Court is about to hear two challenges to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirement that private insurance plans cover contraception for women with a prescription at no out-of-pocket cost. In Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, owners of for-profit companies argue that the requirement violates their religious freedom. They want the same exemptions from the mandate that religious institutions receive.

As we wait for the Court’s decisions, which should come by June, women of all ages are paying less for essential …

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Should corporations be given a free pass to discriminate against their employees?

That’s what the Supreme Court will be deciding on March 25 when they will hear cases from two corporations that object to providing insurance which includes coverage for birth control.

Be a part of an online picket line. Make your voice heard on our #DearSCOTUS Digital Soapbox.

Share your thoughts about why affordable and available contraception is important, what you think about the co-opting of religious liberty, and what’s at stake for you. Through your blogs, Instagram …

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In honor of National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day, Dr. Emily Young, who works as an abortion provider, shared her story with us.

“You saved my life,” I had told the provider.

I was 22 years old, in a just-okay four-year relationship with a just-okay guy, and I was working every second of every day towards becoming a doctor. One night while working on my medical school application, I realized I had been so stressed that I couldn’t remember when I last had a period. Time stopped. Then, the …

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In honor of National Abortion Provider Appreciation Day, Alison, who works as an abortion provider and a Nurse Practitioner in California and on the board of directors of Nursing Students for Choice, shared her story with us.

On the sidewalk outside the clinic, I see her standing in white scrubs and a lab coat. A car turns right towards the parking lot and she runs in front of it, waving her arms. The driver stops, rolls down the window, then rolls it back up and pulls into the …

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Every single day, abortion providers, nurses and clinic staff stand with young people, women, and their families to ensure access to safe medical care – care that 1 in 3 women will need in her lifetime.

Join us in showing your appreciation by signing a postcard for National Abortion Provider Day. They will be mailed to a provider near you!

Sadly, many abortion providers and clinic staff face significant risks, including harassment, stalking, threats to family members, and even violence. Despite these risks, they continue to stand with us …

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Advocates for Youth condemns the multiple instances of disturbing government actions aimed at denying the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons that have recently taken place in Nigeria, Uganda, Russia, India and almost in Arizona, right here in the U.S. We will speak out against such intolerance and bigotry. This complete disregard for human rights and we will not let it go unnoticed or unchecked.

Urooj Arshad, Associate Director of International Youth Health and Rights at Advocates for Youth, spoke with Richard, an LGBT youth …

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In July we asked you to stand with transgender and gender non-conforming students in California. Thanks to your actions Governor Brown heard us LOUD and clear and signed the Student Success and Opportunity Act into law. Together we ensured that transgender students can participate in student activities and facilities that match their gender identity.

Anti- transgender groups attempted to push a referendum that would have repealed this law. The good news is that they lost! On Monday, California Secretary of State confirmed that the referendum didn’t have enough valid …

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Hey. Have we met? Never mind, you probably wouldn’t know if we had. My name is Trichomoniasis but I go by Trich. I’m a tiny parasite (not that size matters) and a sexually transmitted infection. I can cause some discharge, a burning sensation, and I can also increase your risk for HIV and other STIs! What can I say, I’m a multitasker.

Problem is, most folks have never heard of me – but that’s cool ‘cause Advocates for Youth and the American Sexual Health Association are working to change …

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Show your love for safe access to abortion care with this #1in3Valentine and send a valentine to a friend for just $1!

There are four adorable and affirming designs to choose from. Check out the 1 in 3 facebook album to see and share them all!

 

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Today in our Champions of Fierceness series, we honor Blessed!

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Thank you to everyone who applied to be a spring 2014 SafeSite! Safesite applications are currently closed! Check back in August for the Fall 2014 semester applications!

This semester’s SafeSites have been selected and should be receiving their box soon – hopefully in time for V-Day – taking into account mother nature’s winter weather plans. Don’t forget to share your awesome activities with us here on Amplify and on Facebook!…

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Great news! Thanks to outcry from amazing pro-choice advocates like you, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has rescinded their “emergency” regulations that would have closed all five abortion clinics in the state. This is a fantastic victory, and it wouldn’t have been possible without Louisianans like you standing up and speaking out.

But we’re not out of the woods yet. DHH has stated that they’ll be reissuing new regulations, so we have to keep the pressure on.

Like the 1 in 3 Campaign and New Orleans Abortion

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This is urgent! The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is trying to pass regulations that would forcibly shut down ALL 5 abortion clinics in the state. There’s a public hearing next week – and they need to hear from you that this is WRONG for Louisiana women and families.

Tell the Department of Health and Hospitals: Don’t pass unnecessary regulations to close our clinics!

The “emergency” regulations mandate that a woman must have a blood test at least 30 days(!) prior to accessing abortion care, which would jeopardize …

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While I was in high school, I got into my first serious relationship. Before I even realized what was happening, I found myself in an emotionally abusive situation I sometimes wonder, if maybe my school had actually answered my questions about same sex relationships instead of giving me blank stares and “you’re going to hell” rants, if I could’ve picked out the red flags.

Luckily, a teacher went out of their way and taught me that a healthy relationship has both consent and respect. This information and the support …

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Advocates is committed to securing the sexual health and rights for all young people domestically and abroad. We’ve worked with youth-led organizations in Nigeria, Uganda and Pakistan to support LGBTQ youth activist councils that advocate for programs and policies to improve youth sexual health. The choir of voices in the international LGBTQ movement is growing, but we need help. Your help.

Help us raise the profile of the needs and rights of international LGBTQ youth, and support youth as leaders to improve LGBTQ health and rights policy by voting

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Whether you need info about condoms yourself or are a peer educator and/or activist looking to get the facts to a friend, Condomology is the place to start.

Condomology is a new initiative from the American Sexual Health Association aimed at ensuring that people have fact-based information in plain, understandable speak that we can all use and share. You’ll find videos, slideshows, charts and other information covering the “ins and outs” of condoms and sexual health.

Check it out, watch the videos, and share the infographic!…

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My name is Blessed, and I lead Advocates for Youth’s efforts to help young people fight homophobia and transphobia in Uganda. In too many countries around the globe, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth face discrimination that threatens our lives, dims our spirits and prevents our access to life-saving sexual and reproductive health care and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Just this past Friday, the Ugandan parliament passed a terrifying anti-homosexuality bill that will cause further harm to the dignity and safety of LGBT people in my country.

Because …

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When I was a junior in high school, I wrote a paper on abortion for health class. It was a whopping 14 pages long. Some of my classmates were weirded-out that I was so into the topic; I got a few negative comments. But my friends and my mom were really supportive. I got an A on the paper :)

I believed then, as I believe now, that a woman should have a choice, and that abortion should be one option provided within comprehensive sexual health services. I also believe …

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Here’s a great holiday present for the sexual health nerd in your life: The Scientific Case for Condoms

This slideshow gives the complete rundown on how condoms work, their effectiveness, and what that means for STD and pregnancy prevention. Check it out and share widely!

Unfamiliar with Condomology? You should get familiar! Whether you need info about condoms yourself or are a peer educator and/or activist looking to get the facts to a friend, Condomology is the place to start.

Condomology is a new initiative from the American …

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Last spring, I got a letter from Boston College administration threatening me and my student group BC Students for Sexual Health with disciplinary action for distributing condoms and safer sex information to help my peers prevent STIs, HIV and unintended pregnancy.

When our story gained media attention and appeared on CNN, the NY Times and more, conservative activists tried to intimidate me into stopping by personally insulting me. I received a handwritten note calling me an outspoken slut. One news outlet even tracked down my father and harassed him …

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The Trojan™ Sexual Health Report Card is an annual ranking of the sexual health resources and information available to students on campuses nationwide. These schools include students representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Check it out on the Condomology website!

Unfamiliar with Condomology? You should get familiar! Whether you need info about condoms yourself or are a peer educator and/or activist looking to get the facts to a friend, Condomology is the place to start.

Condomology is a new initiative from the American Sexual Health …

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The holidays are upon us, and for many of us that means:  lots of family time!  And when you’re about that  “activist committed to ensuring young people’s reproductive and sexual health and rights” life, the holidays can be….awkward.  But you don’t care, because you’re dedicated and passionate, and that’s what we love about you!

Here are our Top 7 Activist Holiday Moments:

1)  Your mom is getting the giblets out of the turkey and you are like “That reminds me! I wanted to talk to everyone about getting

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As you’ve heard, there is an upcoming ballot measure in Albuquerque mandate government interference in a woman’s personal decision about abortion. This is not what Albuquerque women and families need. Vote AGAINST on Tuesday, November 19.

Extremists are flooding millions of dollars into our communities to pass the ban that would deny women access to legal abortion care.They think they know what is “best” for Albuquerque women.

This effort heartlessly disregards all of the personal considerations that go into a woman’s decision to end a pregnancy, and is a …

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School:  California State University Long Beach

Year in School: Senior

Have you been a GACC SafeSite Before: Yes, I was a SafeSite in the 2012-2013 school year.

“We know that barrier-free access to sexual health information and resources are critical to the sexual health of all people, but especially young people” says Amber in response to why she decided to apply and participate in the Great American Condom Campaign.

A member of her local Choice USA chapter, Amber tells us that it was her goal to …

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This week, the makers of Trojan condoms released their 8th annual Sexual Health Report Card, ranking the best and worst college and universities in the country with sexual health resources and information.

What are you doing to help your school ranking around sexual health? Upload a photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and show us how you distribute condoms. Make sure to use the hashtag #GACC

Through the Great American Condom Campaign, we know there are hundreds of campuses working towards improving condom access & information on …

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The 2014 National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) Youth Ambassador application is now open! Every year we mark April 10, as a day to educate and empower the public about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people as well as highlight the amazing work young people are doing across the country to fight the HIV & AIDS epidemic.

Now is your chance to join a dynamic group of young leaders and activists who come together to promote treatment, care, and youth empowerment.

“NYHAAD is an …

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Please take 15 minutes to share YOUR STORIES with us!

Now in its 5th year, the Great American Condom Campaign (GACC) has distributed well over 5 million condoms to young people in college campuses across the entire country.

Over the years, we’ve made some headlines. We’ve changed policies that affected young people’s health and lives. We’ve educated and empowered young people to make the U.S. a sexually healthy nation—all thanks to YOUR efforts!

This fall, we want to highlight some of your amazing campaign stories and spotlight

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Whether you need info about condoms yourself or are a peer educator and/or activist looking to get the facts to a friend, Condomology is the place to start.

Check out their great videos:

A How-To Guide for Getting It On
How Latex Condoms Are Made
A History of Condoms

Condomology is a new initiative from the American Sexual Health Association aimed at ensuring that people have fact-based information in plain, understandable speak that we can all use and share. You’ll find videos, slideshows, charts and other …

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Whether you need info about condoms yourself or are a peer educator and/or activist looking to get the facts to a friend, Condomology is the place to start.

Condomology is a new initiative from the American Sexual Health Association aimed at ensuring that people have fact-based information in plain, understandable speak that we can all use and share. You’ll find videos, slideshows, charts and other information covering the “ins and outs” of condoms and sexual health.

Check it out, watch the videos, and share the infographic!…

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Each year over 120 youth activists gather in Washington, D.C. to share expertise with one another and Advocates for Youth staff; learn about the latest findings and legislation that affect reproductive health; participate in trainings; and make a commitment to be lifelong advocates for young people’s reproductive and sexual health and rights. Then they head to Capitol Hill to educate their representatives on why comprehensive sexual health education is so important for young people.

Thank you to our coalition partners for sponsoring Advocates for Youth’s 14th annual Urban

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GACC Sites will be notified in early October! Stay posted to see if you got accepted to be a SafeSite!…

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Last 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 …

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As 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

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Going back to school is awesome. It’s a time to reconnect with friends, and look forward to joining a team, being in the school play and going to dances. But going back to school can be stressful, and even unsafe, for transgender and gender non-conforming students who aren’t sure if their peers will support them.

80% of transgender students say they feel unsafe at school. Let’s change that.

Take a selfie with one of these signs to show your friends that all students matter and have the right to …

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Want a chance to win this t-shirt? Then apply to the Great American Condom Campaign (GACC) today!

This year, we’re going big. 1,000 campuses across the country will have the chance to become a GACC SafeSite, and distribute 500 condoms on their campus. That’s 500,000 condoms going to your fellow students and friends that will protect their health, and start making condoms normal.

Take a moment to apply and be part of the GACC movement!

We are looking for young people, just like you, who have exciting ideas …

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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 …

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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.

The Global Democracy …

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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

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Today, you are our heroes.

You stared down a bullying legislature that had repeatedly shown it would stop at nothing to pass a sweeping abortion restriction bill that would endanger millions of women’s health and lives.

And you didn’t flinch.

Senator Davis, your filibuster was among the most courageous acts  we have ever seen by a legislator. Following the rules of the Senate, you stood for over 11 hours, with no food or drink,  barred even from leaning, and shared women’s real stories of their experiences with abortion – …

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This weekend in Texas, hundreds of protestors packed into the Texas State House Capitol to protest SB-5, an omnibus anti-choice bill that would shut down all but five abortion clinics in the state, ban abortions after 20 weeks, and make medical abortions all but impossible to prescribe or obtain legally.

The Texas legislature insulted and then ignored them.

House Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Cook barred hundreds of women from sharing their real experiences, saying the public testimony was becoming “repetitive.” In the course of forcing this bill through, the …

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Whether you need info about condoms yourself or are a peer educator and/or activist looking to get the facts to a friend, Condomology is the place to start.

Condomology is a new initiative from the American Sexual Health Association aimed at ensuring that people have fact-based information in plain, understandable speak that we can all use and share. You’ll find videos, slideshows, charts and other information covering the “ins and outs” of condoms and sexual health.

Check it out, watch the videos, and share the infographic!…

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It’s Week 10, the last week of 50 Days of Action for Women and Girls, a campaign to  demonstrate mass support for policies and programs that will allow women and girls to be healthy, empowered, educated, and safe.

How can you get involved?

  • Follow the conversation at #usa4women and use these sample tweets:
    • #SecKerry @statedept The case for investing in women&girls has been made. Act NOW to improve the status of women&girls #usa4women #use4girls
    • “All it takes is for [girls] to have a fighting chance.” -H. @ClintonNews. #SecKerry @StateDept

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It’s Week 9 of 50 Days of Action for Women and Girls, a campaign to  demonstrate mass support for policies and programs that will allow women and girls to be healthy, empowered, educated, and safe.

How can you get involved?

  • Follow the conversation at #usa4women and use these sample tweets:
    • “All it takes is for [girls] to have a fighting chance.” -H. @ClintonNews. #SecKerry @StateDept #usa4girls http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/clinton-speaks-up-for-womens-issues/
    • Ending violence against women & girls key to achieving global peace. #SecKerry make this a @StateDept priority #usa4girls #usa4women #vaw
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On Monday, June 10, the Justice Department announced it would no longer pursue attempts to block over-the-counter availability for Plan B One-Step and generic one-pill emergency contraceptives.

The Justice Department invited Teva, the maker of Plan B, to submit an application for over-the-counter status, and said it would approve the application “promptly” (though we do not know when the product will actually move to pharmacy shelves).

This is a great step forward for helping young women prevent teen pregnancy.  Once emergency contraception has been cleared for over-the-counter status, young women …

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It’s Week 8 of 50 Days of Action for Women and Girls, a campaign to  demonstrate mass support for policies and programs that will allow women and girls to be healthy, empowered, educated, and safe.

How can you get involved?

  • Follow the conversation at #usa4women and use these sample tweets:
    • Girls in dev. countries need property & inheritance rights & livelihood skills 2 contribute 2 local economies. @USAID #globaldev #usa4girls
    • Prevent violence against women & girls, which hinders their ability to thrive, violates their #humanrights. #usa4girls #gbv #vaw
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Are you interested in or already pursuing a career in the non-profit sector? Do you volunteer with non-profit organizations and want to take on a leadership role? Want to learn fundraising skills but not sure where to start?

Advocates for Youth is accepting applications until June 30, 2013 for its Youth Fundraising Advisory Board (Y-FAB)!

Elizabeth, a 24 year old Y-FAB alum, says: The cool thing about the program is that it carves

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Just yesterday, the Supreme Court of El Salvador handed a young woman a death sentence by denying Beatriz “permission” for an abortion needed to save her life.

Beatriz is 22. The mother of a 1-year old boy. She has lupus. Kidney malfunction. And her doctors say she will likely die if the pregnancy continues. But, there is still hope for Beatriz.

Beatriz needs your help.

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It’s Week 7 of 50 Days of Action for Women and Girls, a campaign to  demonstrate mass support for policies and programs that will allow women and girls to be healthy, empowered, educated, and safe.

How can you get involved?

  • Follow the conversation at #usa4women and use these sample tweets: 
    • @deptofdefense @statedept: Empower women 2 b agents of peace, not victims of war. Support women’s groups in conflict zones. #usa4women 
    • Ending violence against women & girls key to achieving global peace. #JohnKerry make this a @StateDept priority #usa4girls #usa4women

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When Tania became pregnant unexpectedly, she decided to have an abortion. She found that when she told people about the experience, they often reacted negatively, even judging her and calling her a bad person. So she remained silent for years. But now she is speaking out – and joining hundreds of other women who have shared their stories with the 1 in 3 Campaign in an effort to break the silence, end the shame, and change the conversation around abortion.

Join Tania: share this story on Facebook today.

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It’s Week 6 of 50 Days of Action for Women and Girls, a campaign to  demonstrate mass support for policies and programs that will allow women and girls to be healthy, empowered, educated, and safe.

How can you get involved?

  • Follow the conversation at #usa4women and use these sample tweets: 
    • #SecKerry @statedept @usaid Approx. 14 mill. girls are married every year before they turn 18. #endchildmarriage #usa4girls #usa4women
    • #SecKerry @statedept @usaid: Child

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It’s Week 5 of 50 Days of Action for Women and Girls, a campaign to  demonstrate mass support for policies and programs that will allow women and girls to be healthy, empowered, educated, and safe.

This week we’re focused on improving the health of women and girls.

How can you get involved?

  • Follow the conversation at #usa4women and use these sample tweets:
    • @rajshah @usaid @pepfar @steveforeignpol: focus on #HIVAIDS prevention strategies that target adolescent girls #usa4girls
    • @OMBPress @USAIDGH @statedept Fund intl family planning and repro health account at $1bn/yr incl $65m

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In this week’s Time Magazine, Joel Stein took a look at the Millennial generation – and said that Millennials are “inactive” and “lack passion.”  Advocates’ President Debra Hauser wrote this open letter to Joel informing him otherwise!

Regarding your cover story, “The Me, Me, Me Generation”:  We’re thrilled that Joel Stein took some time to get to know the Millennial generation, and that he recognizes their potential for greatness.  But we were surprised and saddened by his assessment that Millennials are inactive and lack passion.  We work with …

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In early May, the Justice Department announced that it would appeal District Court Judge Edward Korman’s April decision on emergency contraception being available over the counter with no age restrictions.  Judge Korman was not happy, calling the appeal, among other things, “nonsense,” “baloney,” and “a charade” – especially since his order had granted the FDA what they asked for in 2011.  (See the word cloud above for some more of the Judge’s choice words!) Judge Korman followed up his comments on the case by denying the Obama Administration’s

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It’s Week 4 of 50 Days of Action for Women and Girls, a campaign to  demonstrate mass support for policies and programs that will allow women and girls to be healthy, empowered, educated, and safe.

This week we’re focused on preventing violence against women and girls.

How can you get involved?

  • Follow the conversation at #usa4women and use these sample tweets:
    • To #EndVAW worldwide, @StateDept & @USAID shld support programs that promote genderequality & empower women & girls #usa4women
    • @StateDept:Demonstrate commitment to ending #VAWby implementing the US Strategy to Prevent

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by Kate Stewart, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs

When I wrote about access to emergency contraception a year and a half ago, the Obama Administration had just overruled the FDA’s ruling that would have made Plan B available over the counter, without age restriction or ID requirements. With loaded remarks about “bubble gum and batteries,” the President had decided that Plan B had to remain locked up, accessible only to those who can prove they are 17 or older.

Since then the Administration’s decision-making has gone from bad …

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What’s striking about this developing story from Pennsylvania is the media’s, and the court system’s, complete lack of concern for the teen at its center.

After authorities found the body of a premature infant in the trash at a Lancaster high school, they used security footage to identify the young woman who gave birth, and arrested her, charging her with concealment of the death of a child.

Far from asking what led to this young woman giving birth, very prematurely, alone, in a bathroom, or what led her to …

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Students in Illinois need your help to correct an outrageous violation of privacy.


Illinois is the ONLY state in which health authorities are required by law to notify school principals of the names of students that test HIV-positive. Their principals can then disclose the information to any school personnel they like.

A bill before the senate, HB 61, would repeal this invasive and unnecessary requirement.

Urge the Illinois Senate to pass HB 61

Illinois’ disclosure law was written in 1987. Unfortunately, even in 2013, HIV remains highly stigmatized. Sharing …

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It’s Week 3 of 50 Days of Action for Women and Girls, a campaign to  demonstrate mass support for policies and programs that will allow women and girls to be healthy, empowered, educated, and safe.   This week we’re focused on putting women and girls at the center of the Post-2015 Global Development Agenda.  That means prioritizing gender equality, youth empowerment, education and economic empowerment for young women, and an end to violence against women.

How can you get involved?

  • Follow the conversation at #usa4women and use these sample

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From our friends at RH Reality:

Beatriz wants to live. She’s 22 years old and the mother of an infant, but the 18 week pregnancy she’s carrying is killing her — right now as you read this — and the government of El Salvador has refused to permit an exception to their abortion ban to save her life.

Sign a petition to President and Supreme Court of El Salvador right now!

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The entire town of Boston was on a lockdown because of one man: We can do everything we can to protect ourselves, but when someone is in a position of power over us, what we can do hardly matters. Likewise, the prevalence of sexual assault and intimate partner abuse further challenges the myth of personal space as safe space, especially because these are forms of violence that capitalize on intimate spaces.

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Great blog via RH Reality Check on Moving Men From Passive Allies to Vocal Stakeholders in Ending Oppression:

We don’t need young men to participate in this work because they’ve been motivated by a sexist narrative about “saving our mothers, sisters and daughters” – a narrative often perpetuated by our own movement.

We don’t need a knight in shining armor.

We need men to move beyond a place of complacency and paternalism, and arrive at an understanding of their own self-interest in fighting for sexual and reproductive justice.

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It’s Week 2 of 50 Days of Action for Women and Girls, a campaign to  demonstrate mass support for policies and programs that will allow women and girls to be healthy, empowered, educated, and safe.  This week we’re focused on ensuring education for women and girls.

How can you get involved?

  • Join the ThunderClap, a moment when many people flood Twitter with the same tweet, demanding Twitter’s attention! Sign on to the ThunderClap here: http://thndr.it/XHkJdV.
  • And use these sample tweets too:
    • Sec @JohnKerry, did u know that a

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It’s Earth Day, a great time to think about how the fight to protect the environment intersects with the fight to protect women and girls’ health and reproductive rights.  Throughout the day we’ll be hosting a conversation here on Amplify about how sustainability issues impact women; who bears the brunt of toxins in the environment; pitfalls in linking the two movements; and what we can do to get involved.  Read the articles here and contribute your own!…

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Around the nation, thousands of young people participate in the National Day of Silence, a day of action in which students across the country vow to take a form of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students.

You can support them: Tell Congress to support the School Non-Discrimination Act!

On Thursday, April 19, the Student Non-Discrimination Act was introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO), Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and over …

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On February 1, 2013, John Kerry assumed the role of U.S. Secretary of State. For the previous four years, Secretary of State Clinton had been a champion of women and girls within the U.S.

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text GetHipDC to 74574The GetHip DC line is a resource for you to find information about sexual health. It’s free and available 24/7.
You can get info about STDs and birth control, as well as where to go locally for help. Just text GetHipDC to 74574…

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April 10, the first ever National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, was a huge success!  From the Capitol Hill briefing, to the blogs and social media, to the events and activism around the country, youth activists and adult allies came out in full force.  We\’ll have a full recap with pictures later, but in the meantime, thanks for all that you did to support NYHAAD!…

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“The good news is that we now have an official day to recognize and raise awareness for HIV and AIDS in young people. The bad news is there are still 1000 new cases of young people contracting HIV every month. This rate of infection remains too high because so many young people are not getting the valuable information they need to protect themselves and their partners.”

 

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By Lizzie Jekanowski and Chelsea Lennox, campus organizers at Boston College

Lately we’ve been having some trouble at school.  (You might have heard about it. ) Our grades are fine; we’re not vandalizing the campus; we’re not in a cheating scandal.  But our crime has made national news:

We’re giving out condoms.

Condoms, and information about how to use them to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy.

For this, we’ve been told by the dean that we’ll be disciplined if we don’t stop.

It’s all …

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by Emilio Vicente, an organizer for HIV and AIDS prevention and DREAM activist.

I was a senior at a rural high school in North Carolina, planning to host the school’s first Latino AIDS Awareness Day event. I mentioned it to one of my teachers and the first thing he told me was that I shouldn’t go through with the event because same-sex couples shouldn’t be having sex in the first place. That it was wrong.

I was always aware my town was conservative on most issues. There were barely …

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by Olivia Standifer, a National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day ambassador through Advocates for Youth, and currently lives in South Carolina where she received her Bachelor’s in Health Promotion from Coastal Carolina University.  

Today’s young people are the first generation who has never known a world without HIV and AIDS. In the United States, one in four new cases of HIV is among youth ages 13 to 24, and 60% who have the virus don’t even know it. I am determined to see that this epidemic …

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Today’s the day you’ve been waiting for, the FIRST EVER National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD)! Today we acknowledge young people’s great work fighting the HIV & AIDS epidemic, and hold our leaders accountable to prioritizing young people in the fight against HIV & AIDS.

Show your love for NYHAAD! :

1.  Tweet  and post on Facebook about the day

2.  Take a selfie! Download (right-click and choose save as), print out, and take a picture with this image – then tweet your pic to