Women's Health Specialists' young leadership had a busy past couple of months! Amidst the challenges they faced with COVID-19 and wildfires burning in their community, they continued to be resilient and fight for reproductive justice! Young women leaders participated in local Pride month celebrations, fundraised for HIV/AIDS, and marched for abortion justice.
Young leaders attended their local Pride Drive-Thru event and handed out "sex kits" gift bags filled with safer sex tools, community resources, and information about reproductive services. They created a fun and invited atmosphere to talk about sex, birth control, abortion, and so much more. This was all done in a COVID-19 safe environment as the Delta variant continued to rise. Each local Pride event was successful, with staff handing out resources to over 400 young people, especially the underserved LGBTQIA+ community!
Another exciting event we participated in was the NorCal AIDS Cycle. One of our very own youth leaders participated for their first time. This event aims to fundraise for HIV/AIDS programs and services in Northern California. As Women’s Health Specialists is a beneficiary of these funds, our team provides outreach and education, testing, condoms and youth leadership development. Staff participated in the ride from helping to hand out water and food to cyclists along with biking to raise awareness. This experience allowed youth to forge new connections and created new friendships centered on a passion for helping those impacted by HIV/AIDS.
As young women celebrated their recent wins to abortion fundraising, Texas legislators passed one of the most restrictive abortion bans yet. Our community mobilized, and young women leaders joined together to take a stand and to demand abortion justice for all people! These fierce leaders stood firm and used their voices to advocate throughout Northern California.
Please enjoy these photos of our last few busy months and campaigns! Thank you for supporting our work and the leadership of young people in our communities.
Women's Health Specialists' young women in leadership spent the month of May fundraising access to abortion care. Young leaders recognized the need for abortion access resources in their low-income, rural communities. This problem has only been exacerbated by COVID-19 and the recent attack on the reproductive rights of women across the country. These young leaders realized they could not stand idly by while women suffer. They decided to take a stand and fight for abortion access on the local level.
Together the team strated brainstorming the best way to build community, fundraise and celebrate while remaining COVID-19 safe. They decided to host a vitural abortion access trivia night! An online trivia night was a perfect way to stay safe while celebrating our accomplishments to keep abortion accessible. This trivia game was a great way to inform eachother about abortion, reduce stigma and build power!
The idea was then made into a reality, outreach staff created materials to promote the event and shared them across social media and Women's Health Specialists clinics. Along with creating fun and engaging materials featuring powerful women, Young women also made the game from scratch; they worked with Public Relations Director to form exciting questions surrounding abortion access, policy, reproductive justice, and much more! The questions highlighted the current circumstances surrounding abortion and shined a light on problems communities of color, and poor people are facing daily.
Along with the trivia, outreach decided to create fun swag bags that including fun treats and party supplies to help set the mood! Although fundraisers couldn't be together, we wanted them to feel connected and invited. Young women created a fun playlist and giveaway prizes to get the party started! The trivia night was a huge success with all participants.
The trivia night was an outlet for celebration; trivia night helped us highlight young women in leadership's work and have a conversation around the work that still needs to be done. Celebrating during such a confusing and tumultuous time can be hard, but it was necessary to help young women realign with their vision and appreciate the work they already do!
Please enjoy these photos of our Abortion Access Trivia along with youth Peer Outreach Workers and fundraisers. Thank you for supporting our work and the leadership of young people in our communities.
Mask Up! Young Women Leading the Charge Against Covid-19.
COVID-19 has been on the rise in our rural communities and many of those we serve are directly being impacted. Folks are experiencing the loss of loved ones, financial hardships, isolation and other difficult challenges. The young women of Women's Health Specialists' outreach team saw this struggle and recognized the need for COVID-19 awareness and resources in our underserved communities.
The Outreach team had been working on some projects during the warmer weather talking about the need to socially distance, quarantine, sanitize, and wear masks. This campaign was called "Mask Up" which gave short and straightforward tips on how to reduce the spread of Covid-19. Outreach staff helped design posters and flyers to share with the community. The Mask Up campaign exhibited members of the community and strived to develop materials that resonated with those most impacted. The outreach team recognizes the importance of staying personal and intimate to better connect with the communities we serve.
Outreach started to create materials to share on social media and within our clinics. These materials expanded beyond simple tips, they shared resources such as where to get tested, the status of the counties we serve, and how to stay up to date with all things COVID-19 related. Holding these conversations are especially vital in our communities. Of course, a rural community like the ones we serve are often disconnected from resources. Outreach strived to bridge this gap and become a liaison between the communities we serve and public health institutions. Being a part of the community we serve is a vital part of creating the "resource bridge". Outreach staff understands how our communities behave and absorb information thus making our resources all the more helpful.
This human approach to tackling COVID-19 is what has worked best in the community and our clinics. The main goal of the project was to keep our community safe, provide resources and remind them that we can get through this together. Although we may be apart, community is always at our core. Young women are leading the charge against COVID-19 in our communities, whether that be leading by example, raising awareness, or being a bridge. The love for our people helps us accomplish our work efficiently and with compassion.
Please enjoy these photos of our campaign. Thank you for supporting our work and the leadership of young people in our communities.
Women’s Health Specialists’ Outreach team has been working hard to get through COVID-19 along with the rest of the world. The outreach team saw a need in the community for resources during this difficult time. Peer Outreach Workers between the ages of 15-29 along with the Public Relations Director got to work finding solutions. An idea soon emerged, a COVID safe drive-thru where Outreach staff can safely distribute much-needed supplies and resources, better known as a Sex Kit Drive-thru.
The Outreach team began organizing to make this vision into a reality. Since the start of the stay-at-home orders, Outreach staff has found it hard to reach out to their community. Outreach in the community primarily consisted of face-to-face interactions whether it be handing out resources and tools at the local skate park, hosting spaces for youth to learn about sexual health, or tabling at community events. Outreach pre-COVID was no longer an option for the safety and wellbeing of the community and staff.
The approach was now much different. Outreach staff pushed our social media to reach the community. Outreach workers began to learn more about how to promote on social media, create social media posts, and communicate as a team despite the distance. Outreach staff eventually meet up to create our Quarantine Sex Kits, staff masked up, and were socially distanced to prevent the spread of COVID. Quarantine Sex Kits included safer sex supplies such as condoms and lube, information about Women’s Health Specialists’ services, masks, and gloves, as well as other community resources about local organizations.
The Outreach team was successful and hosted its first Sex Kit Drive-thru! Outreach created a fun and inviting atmosphere to welcome in cars, cyclists, and walk-ups. Staff followed COVID safety guidelines to deliver bags to Sex Kit Drive-thru participants. The community received the Sex Kit Drive-thru well. The Outreach team has made plans to host one monthly for the duration of the pandemic. The youth can receive much-need supplies and tools as well as something to look forward to during these difficult times.
Please enjoy these photos of our Sex Kit Drive-thru along with youth Peer Outreach Workers. Thank you for supporting our work and the leadership of young people in our communities.
Women's Health Specialists Outreach and Education Department continues to be successful at developing connections with community members and partner organizations. The outreach team includes the Director of Public Relations and several Peer Outreach Workers between the age of 15-29. These folks work together agency wide to promote Women's Health Specialists mission and bring visibility to clinic services and programs, advocacy and leadership development.
This year Women's Health Specialists has participated in several events and activities that have reached a diverse group of community members at the local events. The outreach team has developed new partnerships and successfully organized opportunities for youth engagement and leadership development. Peer Outreach Workers continue to lead the outreach efforts and have a non-judgmental and positive approach to developing connections with the community.
The outreach team has an important role when it comes to community events. Often, the outreach team is the first person a community member speaks to about their reproductive healthcare and where to get services. The outreach team are folks who have a passion for sharing information and meeting people where they are. Outreach is inviting, engaging and informative. They share information and welcome folks to take information, shop for condom supplies, sign up to volunteer or play spin the wheel, a fun game that informs folks on sexual and reproductive health.
Peer Outreach Workers developed new ways to hold conversations about each individual event topic, and how it is intersectional to reproductive health, reproductive rights and justice. Together the team creates new ideas and opportunities to expand community outreach.
Enjoy these photos of community events, Pride Festival, Earth Day, Juneteenth and the Women's March! Thank you for supporting our work and the leadership of young people in our communities.
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