By: Madison Poupard
Are you ready for Adolescent Health Advocacy Day (AHAD) 2019? With less than one month until AHAD 2019, SHIFT NC is gearing up for the best event to date!
AHAD 2019 will take place on March 13, 2019, and we have an incredible program scheduled for our young advocates. Check-in will start at 8AM in Daniels Auditorium at the NC Museum of History in Raleigh. From 9AM to 12:30PM, participants will engage in programming based on this year’s theme - #YOUthLEADingCHANGE. In the afternoon, participants will travel across the street to the NC General Assembly to meet directly with legislators and share why sexual health is important to them.
The event will feature a keynote speech from the Secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Mandy Cohen. Since her appointment as Secretary in January of 2017, Cohen has been fearless in her work to end the opioid crisis, strengthen Medicaid, and enhance early childhood education. Secretary Cohen holds both a medical degree from Yale and a Master’s of Public Health degree from Harvard. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear her speak!
AHAD 2019 will also include special performances from inspiring spoken word poets, unique perspectives from a panel of young sexual health superstars, opportunities for artistic expression, and awesome giveaways! To guide young people in their activism, SHIFT NC staff will explain the importance of sexual health advocacy and youth engagement. Participants will also learn to voice their concerns about NC’s sexual health policies to their legislators by using their personal strengths and talents. By the end of AHAD 2019, we hope our young participants will have had the opportunity to connect with other young people, express themselves in different ways, use their voices to promote adolescent sexual health, and feel inspired and empowered to advocate for themselves and young people across NC.
We hope you are just as excited for AHAD 2019 as we are! Registration is OPEN, so be sure to register before it closes on March 6th. We can’t wait to see #YOUthLEADingCHANGE. See you at AHAD 2019!