Submitted by Healthy and Free Tennessee August 10, 2018, at 4:32 p.m. CST
Healthy and Free Tennessee’s Youth Leadership Council Paid Internship
Healthy and Free Tennessee has a paid intern partnership opportunity for college students between the ages of 18-24 to serve a one year term on the council and be a key partner of HFTN’s ongoing organizing, advocacy, and culture change work across the state.
The goals of Healthy and Free Tennessee’s Youth Leadership Council are to:
Mobilize young people to end the culture of shame and stigma that people are made to feel about sexual and reproductive health issues that intersect with abortion access including sex education, HIV decriminalization, pregnancy and birthing options, LGBT identity and work toward building a culture of empathy and support
Create a space where young people feel comfortable coming forward and sharing their experiences with abortion access and other reproductive health issues, which can include pregnancy and parenting, sex education HIV status, LGBT identity, in their communities and on campuses
Increase public awareness and support of abortion access, pregnancy and parenting options, sex education, HIV, LGBT identity as well as other sexual and reproductive health issues
Educate the media on issues related to sexual and reproductive health
Advocate for policies that promote access to reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy on a local and national level, which can include abortion access, sex education, pregnancy and parenting options, HIV Decriminalization, and LGBT equality
Healthy and Free Tennessee Youth Leadership Council members must demonstrate the interest, capacity, and resources to organize strategic, meaningful campaign actions on their college campuses or within their communities.
Applicants interested in becoming a member of Healthy and Free TN’s Youth Leadership Council must:
Commit to a year (Fall 2018-Summer 2019) of leadership on the council
Be familiar with the principles of organizing or willing to learn and further develop organizing skills
Be willing to use and strengthen communication skills. This includes speaking to groups, the media, and community members; additionally, writing, blogging and utilizing social media
Be available for monthly group check-ins and bi-weekly individual check-ins
Be able to coordinate events on campus and in the greater community about abortion access and other reproductive health issues
Have a strong framework and analysis of power, privilege, and oppression and the willingness to further understand the intersections of reproductive rights and sexual health
Healthy and Free Tennessee Mission
The mission of Healthy and Free Tennessee is to provide access, “for Tennesseans to truly determine our own reproductive and sexual lives on our terms, we need full access to local, affordable, safe, timely, and affirming healthcare and providers. We need comprehensive education about sex, sexuality, and reproduction. We need universal health insurance that covers the full range of reproductive and sexual healthcare needs. We need social and cultural spaces that affirm our choices rather than shame and stigmatize them,” as mentioned on the HFT website.
We need comprehensive education about sex, sexuality, and reproduction. We need universal health insurance that covers the full range of reproductive and sexual healthcare needs. We need social and cultural spaces that affirm our choices rather than shame and stigmatize them.
If you’re interested in working with the council or want to help support the youth council in any way please contact Briana Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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