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Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Power of Youth

Last weekend, Planned Parenthood of Illinois had the opportunity to send some amazing Illinois students and staff to the Youth Organizing & Policy Institute (YOPI) in Ann Arbor, Michigan.   This three-day event run by Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) was designed to provide young activists and emerging leaders across the Federation with organizing skills and issue information in the field of reproductive health and rights.  This year, the threats to sexual and reproductive health and rights aren’t just in Washington D.C., they are happening where we live. 

"The Youth Organizing and Policy Institute gave our youth advocates in Illinois an opportunity to develop a strong and successful campaign at their university. The students had the opportunity to evaluate ways to mobilize goals through using strategy and tactics," said Corbin, a PPIL staff member who attended. "This Michigan YOPI was more than campaign mobilization workshop, it allowed students to share stories, values, and ultimately understand the connectedness between our organization and surrounding communities."

PPFA believes strongly in the need to mobilize our nation's young people to be advocates for reproductive rights equality and other social equality issues. Events like YOPI don't just inform students, they give students the tools they need to return home and start organizing on their campus or within their community.

To stay informed on reproductive rights and other issues, subscribe to our action alerts on the right of the screen.  If you're interested in organizing on your campus or participating in events like the YOPI, check out our volunteer page.

This post was created by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action (PPIA). PPIA is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood of Illinois (PPIL).

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