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On Monday March 10, 2008 I attended the Get the Facts NY Youth Leadership Conference.  200 teens from around NY came and met other teens who are concerned about the need for access to comprehensive sex education in their schools. The young leaders participated in workshops on lobbying, phone banking and organizing.  As an intern for Get the Facts NY I was excited to see how teens would react to all the workshops we had planned for them.

I began the day accompanying some students while they dropped off memos of support for the Healthy Teens Act to Assembly Members. When the group walked into the offices with the memos and “Real Sex Ed Saves Lives” posters, I felt it made a huge impact on the staff that was there to greet them. The teens I was with had a great background in what the Healthy Teens Act means for them and were willing to discuss sex education with anyone who asked.

Teens phonebankingLater on in the day, I saw that many teens were very involved in the workshop, “Reaching your supporters.” It was set up to have teens call supporters to tell them about the need for comprehensive sex education and urge them to call Joe Bruno and tell him to pass the Healthy Teens Act. I was surprised to see how many teens really loved phone banking.  It was great that the teens got experience in speaking to supporters and defending the Healthy Teens Act.   Nellie McKay sings

Nellie McKay ended the youth conference with an awesome performance. Herhumorous lyrics got a bunch of laughs from the teens. It was great to have a young performer who has such a successful life as an activist for the teens to see.

The Youth Conference was a great chance for teens to tell their own story and learn skills necessary to advocate for what they need.  I feel confident the teens will use the skills they learned to further their activism for sex education.

Thanks for reading my post.



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