Apply to Participate! Youth in Action: Mobilizing for Sexual Rights

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This application is for youth with a background in advocacy and activism for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), who wish to participate in the ‘Youth in Action: Mobilizing for Sexual Rights’ online forum. We welcome youth from both grassroots and more formal networks in Abya Yala, the region known as the Americas, including Turtle Island.

The event will be held virtually on Friday, November 19 (5:30 PM to 7 PM EST) and Saturday, November 20, 2021 (1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST). Click here and enter your city to find out what time this is where you live!

Selected participants will come together with other youth activists to expand their strategic and tactical knowledge, and strengthen their skills through peer-led workshops.

Youth in Action is a joint initiative of Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights and the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, and was planned in close collaboration with an external Youth Steering Committee.

Applications will be accepted until: November 5, 2021 at 5 PM EST

Eligibility Criteria

We will limit participants to youth with a background or strong, demonstrated interest in advocacy and activism for sexual and reproductive health and rights. Participation will be limited to those 30 years old and below, prioritizing those under 25.

We are committed to working within an anti-racism and anti-oppression framework. We encourage members of Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities and members of other equity-seeking groups to apply. This includes, but is not limited to women; mothers; single parents; immigrants; people living with disabilities; sex workers; people living with HIV; people who use drugs; lesbian, bisexual, gay, Two-Spirit, non-binary, transgender, gender non-conforming, queer, and questioning people; intersex people.

Application and Selection Process

Around 30 people will be selected to participate. Due to the volume of applications, we will only be able to respond to those selected. We welcome applications from people living with disabilities; please let us know if you require accommodations at any stage of the recruitment process. If you would rather express your answers verbally or through video, please let us know. You may also use the last field to drop links to your work, portfolios, social media handles and/or a video file to speak your answers to the optional questions. Please contact (Lona Lauridsen Burger, she/her - Public Engagement Officer) regarding accessibility or alternate methods of applying.

Compensation and time commitment

Participants will receive an honorarium of CAD 100 and a certificate of completion to recognize their time and role in the co-creation of knowledge and outputs from the forum.

The estimated time commitment is 5.5 hours for the Forum (Friday, November 19 from 5:30 PM to 7 PM EST and Saturday, November 20 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST), plus 1 to 3 hours for some pre-session reading and activities.

Those selected will be asked to review and contribute to the development of community guidelines. Conducting oneself following these guidelines will be an expectation of all participants.