On March 1, 2017, the Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) released their application for their 4th class of passionate youth activists. MYCouncil is made up of 10 youth from across Mississippi that support and promote high-quality comprehensive sex education for all young people. MYCouncil works to ensure that young people have a voice in the debate around what gets taught in our schools. Working closely with Mississippi First’s Healthcare Training and Engagement Coordinator, council members take a grassroots approach to comprehensive sex education and other related policy issues by mobilizing youth to speak out in an effort to enact change at the local and state level. Each student serves on the youth advocacy council during the academic year (August 2017 through May 2018). DEADLINE: Friday, April 21, 2017. We will be conducting in-person interviews with applicants through Friday, May 5, 2017.
- Raise awareness among youth about the need for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy prevention efforts for themselves and other young people in Mississippi
- Advocate for comprehensive sex education in Mississippi public schools and other policy priorities
- Empower other youth to get involved in their communities
- High school or college student, age 15-24, with a passion for preventing teenage pregnancy and the transmission of STIs, including HIV/AIDS
- Good leadership and verbal and written communication skills
- Proficient in the use of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube
- Ability to respectfully work with a wide range of groups and individuals, including LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) persons; people of different cultural, religious, racial and political backgrounds; and people with disabilities
What does MYCouncil expect?
- That you care about comprehensive sex education and preventing teen pregnancy and the transmission of STIs
- That you will attend all trainings and meetings, including an in-state orientation in August/September 2016; an all-expense paid youth advocate institute in Washington, DC, in September 2017; and a Capitol Day at the Mississippi State Capitol in Spring 2018
- That you will meet with legislators, school board members, and other leaders in your community to advocate for comprehensive sex education and other reproductive and sexual health/rights issues that affect young people
- That you will work with local, state, and national media as needed
- That you will share ideas and collaborate with other council members and the staff at Mississippi First
- That you will help build a network of other young people interested in this work (i.e. starting a petition, forming Facebook groups, hosting education events, organizing a letter writing campaign, etc.)
- The time commitment is approximately 15-20 hours per month, and students earn a stipend of $100 per month ($1,000 total).
What can YOU expect?
- $100 per month from August 2017 through May 2018 ($1,000 total)
- To meet, work with, and learn from amazing young leaders across the state
- To gain information and skills that you will be able to capitalize on throughout your school and work careers
- To collaborate and make connections with Mississippi First staff who care about these issues as much as you do
- To travel and attend trainings across the state and the country
- To share your experience and perspective
- Hard work, excitement, and fun…all while making a difference
If you mail your application, address your application to Christopher Cox, Healthcare Training and Engagement Coordinator, Mississippi First, 125 S. Congress Street, Suite 1510, Jackson, MS 39201.
We will be conducting rolling interviews in-person through May 5, 2017, or until we have all 10 slots filled, whichever occurs first. If you have any questions about MYCouncil or about this application, please contact Christopher Cox at email@example.com or call 769-208-4060.
*We strongly encourage youth of color, differently-abled, parenting or pregnant, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer, and/or immigrant youth to apply.