Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA

by Women's Health Specialists
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA

     HIV & AIDS impacts underserved BIPOC communities the most. Our young women leaders recognize this disparity and hope to close it through their work. Our team distributes condoms and other safer sex tools to their communities, educate youth on ways to prevent the spread of HIV, and make direct referrals for additional services.  Holding and navigating these conversations is often tricky because of the stigma attached to HIV & AIDS, which is why our team centers on destigmatizing. The importance of our programs work is also met with the need to fund it. That is why Women’s Health Specialists is a beneficiary of the NorCal AIDS Cycle. 

    The NorCal AIDS Cycle is an organization that holds over a 100-mile ride for cyclists and crew members to raise money for HIV & AIDS programs and services in Northern California. Many of the participants of the NorCal AIDS Cycle are closely or directly impacted by HIV & AIDS pandemic, thus affirming their passion for ending HIV & AIDS. The NorCal AIDS community is one like no other; many organizations and individuals fundraise to participate in the life-affirming event.

     This year our team fundraised and participated! Together our team reached out to friends, family, and businesses to share their passion for ending HIV & AIDS and highlight the fantastic event they were going to participate in. Thanks to their support and the hard work of our young leaders, they were able to reach their fundraising goals and bring resources back to their communities. 

     Youth participated as part of the event crew; their responsibilities included: providing support vehicles, rest stops, encouragement, and much more. Cyclists are in much need of support; cycling over 100 miles in the California heat is no easy feat. Women's Health Specialists Public Relations Director hit the road to pedal out HIV & AIDS! Our team followed to help provide support and encouragement to the cyclist along the way.  

Throughout the ride, one could feel a sense of community and comradery! The uplifting and encouraging attitudes of the participants and staff made the 100-mile journey possible. Along the way, our team spoke with community leaders and organizers to learn more about their work in HIV & AIDS, along with sharing their own experiences helping their communities. Community members who are HIV positive witnessed the event and came to thank cyclists and staff for fundraising on their behalf—indeed reassuring the need and presence in the fight to end HIV & AIDS. 

    As the ride came to an end, participants joined together in celebration of their amazing feat! The euphoric feeling of accomplishing something as a community was very fulling to our team. Although the group was exhausted, they left the event with big smiles and lifted spirits! These young leaders will continue their work to end HIV & AIDS and look forward to the next NorCal AIDS cycle! 

     Please enjoy these photos of our youth during the NorCal AIDS Cycle, along with the work they do to help end HIV & AIDS! Thank you for supporting our work and the leadership of young people in our communities.

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Social Media Vaccination Project Poster

     Women's Health Specialists' young leadership has recognized the need for more inviting vaccine information and resources. During the past few months, these young women have created and distributed COVID-19 vaccine information to encourage their rural community to protect themselves and others. There has been a lack of vaccine information and resources in their community. These young women recognized that finding reliable resources and vaccine locations was difficult in their own journeys. They decided it was time to fill this gap in their community.

    Young leaders created a strategic plan; they understood the needs and concerns of their community and used that as a resource. They made a project outline to ensure the success of their work. They began to brainstorm friendly ways to communicate the importance of vaccination, especially in rural communities such as their own. 

     After coming up with their approach, these young women began developing materials. They made personable materials that dispelled misinformation and centered the community. The posters also included their reasons for getting vaccinated. The signs are youthful and vibrant with the faces of the young leaders. 

     The next part of their plan was to share these posters with their community. They decide to hang up posters in places they like to hang out and congregate at. They also used social media as a tool to share their work with the community. These posters made it easier to access vaccine information and educate the community on concerns they may have. These young women continue to create informative handouts and knowledge to share with their community. 

     Please enjoy these photos of our last few months of work! Thank you for supporting our work and the leadership of young people in our communities.

Vaccination Project Poster
Vaccination Project Poster

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   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. 

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    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. 

 

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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.

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Linda McCrea
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