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Advocates for Youth is pleased to provide a menu of the training, technical assistance and support services it can provide to youth serving and other organizations. Advocates offers assistance in four areas:

Further, Advocates tailors all of its assistance to meet the needs of individual organizations and agencies. Below is a more detailed explanation of available technical assistance and training.

 

Evidence-based Practices and Promising Approaches in Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Programming

Advocates' staff provides training sessions and technical assistance on the following topics related to sex education implementation: (1) Evidence-based practices and promising approaches to promoting adolescent sexual health; 2) reframing sex education to promote positive and healthy messages and behaviors; (3) parent-child communication; (4) using media as a partner in sex education; (5) healthy adolescent sexual development; and (6) European approaches to adolescent sexuality. For more detailed descriptions of specific training sessions see below.

Available Training and Technical Assistance

 

Evidence-based Prevention Programs: the Foundation for Comprehensive Sex Ed
This interactive training reviews models for promoting sexual health among adolescents and young adults and explores ways to supplement evidence-based prevention programs with additional lesson plans to meet state or local sex education standards; address missing topics such as relationships or communication; and create K through 12 comprehensive sex education curricula by layering evidence-based programs.

For more information, contact Advocates' Director of Adolescent Sexual Health Services, Laura Davis, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202.419.3420.

Models for Addressing Barriers to the Implementation of Comprehensive Sex Education
This training explores common barriers to the implementation of good sex education in public schools, including teacher pre-service and in-service training, and curriculum selection and adaptation. Models to overcome these barriers and as well as the use of health education standards as a mechanism to spur sex education implementation are also presented.

For more information, contact Advocates' Director of Adolescent Sexual Health Services, Laura Davis, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202.419.3420.

Peer Education Facilitation Skills
Advocates offers training in the basic components of setting up peer education programs, including such issues as knowledge of HIV/STI and pregnancy prevention education, group facilitation skills, team building, public speaking skills, youth-adult partnerships, youth involvement strategies, peer education networking, youth development strategies, and cultural competency. The training can also be tailored to meet the needs of pre-existing peer education programs, offering new skills for seasoned peer educators.

For more information, contact Advocates' Asscociate Director of Health Equity + Youth Empowerment, Trina Scott at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202.419.3420.

Teens for AIDS Prevention (TAP)
Advocates offers training on its award winning Teens for AIDS Prevention (TAP) program. A peer education/peer leadership HIV education program, TAP is designed for use with pre-existing youth groups to develop effective youth-led HIV/STI prevention interventions. Grounded in health behavior change and youth leadership methodologies, TAP provides individuals and organizations with the tools necessary to set up a TAP program in their agency/organization. Designed for both adult and youth participants, TAP has been used successfully by Boys and Girls Clubs, Girls Inc. affiliates, Campfire councils, faith community youth groups, 4-H Clubs, as well as various community-based organizations.

For more information, contact Advocates' Director of Health + Social Equity, Jennifer Augustine, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202.419.3420.

Faith-Based Teens for AIDS Prevention
Created in 1994, Advocates’ Teens for AIDS Prevention (TAP) Program was adapted for use in use in faith-based settings. Using a customized version of TAP, this training combines public health concepts with spirituality. Similar to the secular version, this will build the skills of participants to implement TAP programs in their parishes or faith-based agencies.

For more information, contact Advocates' State Strategies Manager, 202.419.3420.

Youth Development as a Prevention Strategy
HIV/STI prevention or pregnancy prevention does not exist in a vacuum. Youth development focuses on strengthening life skills that relate to sexual health as well as to other factors in a young person's life. Using Advocates' Life Planning Education (LPE) resource, this training merges youth development approaches with public health prevention frameworks. LPE is a comprehensive program designed to give teens the knowledge and skills needed to successfully function in today's society. It helps young people explore issues such as healthy sexuality, relationships, violence, health promotion, community, responsibility, and self-esteem. Packed with hundreds of interactive experiential exercises and using a variety of teaching techniques, LPE is ideal for young people age 12 to 18.

For more information, contact Advocates' Director of Health + Social Equity, Jennifer Augustine, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202.419.3420.

Evidence and Rights Based Programming—Why the Rights. Respect. Responsibility.® (3Rs) Philosophy is Essential to Promoting Sexual Health
These core values underpin Advocates' vision of a society where adolescents are valued, public health policy is driven by scientific research, and sexuality is viewed as a normal and healthy part of being human, of being a teen, of being alive. In such a society, parents will play an essential role in helping young people to make healthy, responsible choices. Communication and partnership within the family will be the norm. Communities will fulfill their responsibilities, providing young people with a secure stake in the future and the information and services youth need to protect their health and save their lives. Adults will respect and support youth's right to act responsibly. As a parent, student, organization, health care provider or member of a community you can start a 3Rs campaign in your community.

For more information or to schedule a training contact Barbara Huberman, Advocates for Youth Director of Education and Outreach at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202.419.3420.

Advocates also provides extensive online resources, including:

  • Science and Success, an authoritative compendium of science-based teen pregnancy and HIV prevention curricula and approaches that are effective in reducing adolescent sexual risk behaviors and/or in promoting healthy behaviors
  • From Research to Practice, a series that translates current research in adolescent reproductive and sexual health into science-based, youth-positive practices
  • One of the largest special libraries in the United States dedicated exclusively to adolescent reproductive and sexual health and offering online access to research abstracts.

 

Organizational Development: Sustainability, Controversy Management, Board and Staff Development

Organizational development is the process of exploring, identifying, adopting, and fully utilizing the practices, principles, and programs that drive and sustain a purposeful, productive, and powerful organization so it can better adapt to new information, technologies, markets, opportunities, and challenges. In short, organizational development grows the capacity of an organization to fulfill its mission and program objectives. To that end, Advocates provides training and technical assistance in the following areas:

  • Training on board development, fundraising and improving organizational effectiveness
  • Leadership coaching for senior staff
  • Assistance researching foundations and writing proposals
  • Training on building strong coalitions

For more information or to request training or technical assistance on these topics, please contact Advocates, 202. 419.3420.

Available Training and Technical Assistance

Specifically, topics that can be covered in a training session or through technical assistance via telephone, email, or in person include:

  • Building an Effective Board of Directors o Building Leadership for an Effective Organization
  • Creating and Using a Memorandum of Agreement
  • Curriculum Controversy: Lessons from the Field
  • Ensuring Organizational Sustainability
  • Hot Potatoes: Keeping Cool in the Midst of Controversy
  • Institutionalizing and Sustaining Support for Science-Based Approaches o Managing Controversy in Pressure Cooker Situations
  • Talking Points on Science-Based Approaches and Programs
  • The Seven Components of Organizational Sustainability
  • Developing and Delivering Powerful Presentations
  • Engaging Parents: Building Support for Science-Based Programs
  • Fundamentals of Board Development
  • Fundraising Basics: From Give-a-ways to Grants

We also provide extensive online resources, including:

Strategies for Organizational Success, a series of brief publications on issues regarding organizational development and capacity building

 

 

Advocacy, Policy and Media Outreach: Mobilizing and Sustaining Program Support

Advocates offers tailored training and technical assistance on policy, advocacy and mobilization for state-based and local organizations and coalitions working to promote the sexual health of young people. Trainings are tailored to meet the specific needs of organizations and topics covered can be chosen from a menu of possibilities described below.

For more information, to schedule a training session or to request technical assistance, contact Advocates’ State Strategies Manager, 202.419.3420.

Available Training and Technical Assistance

Tailored Trainings on Policy, Advocacy and Mobilization

Advocates trainings can be tailored to meet the specific needs of coalitions and organizations working to promote adolescent sexual health. Topics covered may include:

  • building strong coalitions,
  • engaging youth activists,
  • reaching out effectively to the media,
  • becoming an effective public speaker,
  • passing local legislation,
  • using national standards to advance sex education at the local level
  • backing the SHAC (School Health Advisory Council),
  • controversy management and
  • other topics necessary to mobilize and sustain support for sex education and other adolescent sexual health programs

Technical Assistance on Policy, Advocacy and Mobilization

  • Assistance in building a Youth Activist Network
  • Help creating customized advertisements and public service announcements for placement in local newspapers and journals
  • Assistance with conducting and releasing public opinion and other research
  • Messaging and talking points on adolescent sexual health, sex education, teenage pregnancy, HIV and STI prevention and treatment
  • Assistance with drafting and disseminating press releases and advisories, op-ed articles, letters to the editor, blogs, and articles for placement in local newspapers
  • Help scheduling media tours, including print, television, and radio interviews
  • Access to Advocates’ database of local media outlets and journalists
  • Access to Advocates’ spokespeople, including staff, youth activists, and other experts.
  • Assistance crafting and disseminating state electronic advocacy alerts
  • Access to advocacy post cards
  • Use of Advocates’ Take Action Legislative Center
  • Use of Advocates’ Youth-Activist Interactive Web site www.Amplifyyourvoice.org
  • Assistance with model legislation and legislative strategy
  • Legislative and policy updates
  • Policy briefs for dissemination
  • Assistance engaging parents and progressive people of faith
  • Advocates will provide organizations with bulk copies of materials for dissemination as well as well as research on:
  • State-specific fact sheets on sex education, teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and HIV/AIDS
  • Reports on the medical accuracy of specific abstinence-only curricula

Finally, organizations also may request:

  • Scholarships to the annual Summit of State Organizations working on Sex Education (the State Summit)
  • Scholarships for youth activists to attend Advocates’ annual Urban Retreat, a three-day youth activist institute Participation on a listserv of state advocacy organizations
  • Monthly conference calls to share information

 

 

Cultural Competency: Building Staff Capacity to Engage Youth, Clarify Values and Create Safe Space for All Youth, Especially Youth of Color and GLBTQ Youth

Youth who face prejudice and discrimination by virtue of their identity, life experience, or family circumstances disproportionately experience teen pregnancy and HIV/STI infection. Such young people may include youth of color, those from low-income families, immigrants, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth (GLBTQ). To be successful, programs must not only make connections to the socioeconomic factors—such as poverty, family distress, and access to health care—which contribute to teenage sexual risks, they must also recognize and begin to explore the effects of discrimination that is based on age, race, gender, class, and sexual orientation.

Advocates for Youth encourages educators to understand the impact of prejudice and discrimination on vulnerable adolescents and to emphasize youth empowerment and cultural competency when working with youth.

Available Training and Technical Assistance

Creating Youth-Adult Partnerships
This interactive workshop looks at the importance of youth-adult partnerships in HIV prevention activities and gives participants the tools to form partnerships. The training explores cultural differences between youth and adults, barriers to partnerships, and ways to overcome these barriers. The training, which can be tailored to fit individual groups, provides both young people and adults with new skills.

For more information, contact Advocates, 202.419.3420.

Cultural Competency for Working with Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Youth
Advocates offers cultural competency training for youth serving organizations and educators in working with GLBT youth involved in their programs. The training focuses on increasing the capacity of the individuals and organizations to meet the needs of these underserved youth. The training is based on models outlined in Advocates' publications A Youth Leaders' Guide to Building Cultural Competency, and Creating Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth: A Toolkit.

For more information, contact Advocates' Senior Program Manager of GLBTQ Health and Rights Angel Brown at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202.419.3420.

Redressing Homophobia in Communities of Color
Advocates for youth offers training for youth serving organizations that may lack resources to effectively address homophobia in their communities, and to those organizations that have a strong commitment to GBLTQ issues. The training covers topics such as stigma related to race/ethnicity; sexual orientation and/or gender identity; and explores how stigma places GLBTQ youth of color at risk for unsafe sex, violence, and substance abuse. The training explores strategies and principles of how to create inclusive programming for GLBTQ youth of color; community mobilization; and cultural competence. This training is designed to enable providers to better meet the needs of GLBTQ youth of color by integrating an awareness of racism and the understanding of how culture shapes sexual attitudes, values, and beliefs. Facilitators utilize the Advocates’ Creating Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth: A Toolkit among other helpful resources.

For more information, contact Advocates' Senior Program Manager of GLBTQ Health and Rights Angel Brown at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202.419.3420.

Young Women of Color Cultural Competency
Similar to GLBT youth training described above, but focused on young women of color, this training emphasizes gender and racial issues as well as building cultural competency skills.

For more information, contact Advocates' Associate Director of Equity and Social Justice Urooj Arshad at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202.419.3420.

Youth Involvement in Community Planning Groups
This interactive training assists statewide and regional Community Planning Groups on the nuts and bolts of having young people in their planning process. Several models of youth involvement are reviewed.

For more information, contact Advocates' Associate Director of Health Equity + Youth Empowerment, Trina Scott at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 202.419.3420.

 
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