Youth Advocacy Council

Young people leading the sexual health movement

 

The Youth Advocacy Council (YAC) is a youth development program that empowers San Antonio area teens to become leaders of change in their community through civic participation at local and state levels. Healthy Futures of Texas engages high school-age youth in outreach, education, and advocacy to increase access to evidence-based sexual health education and to teen-friendly preventive healthcare.

The Youth Advocacy Council is a proud member of the Texas Youth Action Network, a project of DSHS through Texas A&M University.

For more information:

Anthony Betori, Program Director

210-223-4589, or email us here

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Goals

  • To increase civic engagement among Texas teens

  • To increase parent engagement in the sexual health movement

  • To dissolve taboo surrounding sexual health by creating a platform for healthy, open conversation about sex and relationships

  • To improve local policies to address teen pregnancy prevention through advocacy

  • To increase use of evidence-based sexual health curricula in Texas schools

  • To improve health referral resources for teens

  • To explore creative and innovative services for parenting teens

Responsibilities

  • Bi-weekly meetings (August to May)

  • Advocacy training and sexual health education

  • Educational visits with elected officials

  • Advocacy Day during legislative sessions to educate legislators about evidence-based sexual health education and teen-friendly healthcare

  • Healthy Futures of Texas annual Luncheon with the Stars

  • 3 campaign initiatives per year – October: Let’s Talk Month, February: Teen Dating Violence Awareness, and May: #SexEdForAll

Team Leads

In 2020, we launched our Team Leads positions - part-time positions for near peer mentorship from college students for our YAC members.​

The positions are currently held by Elizabeth Tang, a YAC alumna and UT student, and Elisha Bedford, aTexas A&M at San Antonio student.

Want to learn more about how we made the Team Lead happen? Read our blog with the Texas Youth Action Network here!

Thank you to TYAN and to Methodist Healthcare Ministries for funding these positions.