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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.

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For more information:

Eleni Pacheco, YAC Advisor

210-223-4589, epacheco@hf-tx.org

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: Sex Ed for All