About SHIFT NC: SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens NC) is a non-profit based in Durham, NC with the mission to improve adolescent and young adult sexual health across the state.
About the Youth Advisory Council (YAC): The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) will provide an opportunity for participants ages 14-19 to develop leadership, advocacy, and peer education skills in addition to learning about sexual and reproductive health. Participants will provide valuable feedback to ensure SHIFT NC sexual and reproductive health programming meets the diverse needs of youth in NC.
YAC Members: We aim to recruit 12-15 youth of diverse identities and experiences from across North Carolina. Participants must be interested in health equity, sexual and reproductive health, and adolescent health. YAC members must demonstrate motivation for the work and a strong sense of responsibility and determination.
Comittment: The YAC will convene virtually twice a month (1-2 hours each) to participate in one training and one meeting from January until June 2021. Participants must commit to all of Year 1 and intend to serve on the YAC in Year 2 (Sept. 2021 – June 2022). A $25 stipend will be given to YAC members at each meeting/training if they attend the full session.
Finalists must be available for a 30-minute interview the week of December 7-11.
Benefits to being part of the SHIFT NC’s Youth Advisory Committee:
- Leadership development
- Meeting attendance stipend
- Fun swag
- Community service
- Make new friends across North Carolina!
We value youth voices and are excited to hear what you have to say so we can continually work to improve sexual and reproductive health care for you and your peers!
Potential training topics:
- Personal growth: identity, self-esteem, goal-setting
- Sexual and reproductive health
- Sexual orientation and gender identity
- Systems of oppression
- Reproductive rights
- Minors’ rights to health care access
- Individual health: mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing
- Reproductive justice
- STIs and HIV
- Healthy relationships and consent
- Youth Advocacy