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

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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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.

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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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Let’s Talk About Sex

Women’s Health Specialists Young Women’s Leadership program recently had the opportunity to support 7 participants to attend the Let’s Talk About Sex Conference in Atlanta. This is the largest Reproductive Justice conference that features panelists, speakers, activists, entertainers, and leaders throughout various social justice movements and across sectors who are unapologetic about standing up for our reproductive and sexual freedom. This conference is organized by SisterSong a Reproductive Justice organization. 

Our program participants each applied for a scholarship opportunity to attend to expand their knowledge around the Reproductive Justice movement, learn about accountability, transcendence, and liberation. Participants were eager to learn and bring back what they learned at the conference to their work, community and everyday lives. 

 Here is a report from one of our participants:

“On day of the conference we participated in an opening ceremony where we would cleanse our minds and prepare ourselves for the heavy conversations we would encounter throughout the day. Allowing us to come in with an open mind and heart to absorb the information and reflect on what we have learned.  Each day we would have a panel open the conference, the panel would discuss three of the following topics, on day one: accountability, on day two: transcendence, and on day three: liberation. The panel would discuss their own personal experiences and relate the conversation to the Reproductive Justice movement helping us expand our knowledge on the challenges and obstacles we still must face. Applying the knowledge we learned from the panels back to Women’s Health Specialists, could help make our approach more equitable intersectional, and better prepare ourselves for the many hurdles we face as a grassroots reproductive health clinic.”

Over the three days of this conference there were several workshops that folks attended that related to immigration, LGBTQ, Palestine, decriminalization, policy work, abortion, sex work, reproductive health, youth leadership, trauma, trust black women, queer youth and more. It was a powerful space for our young leaders.

Women’s Health Specialists believes it is important to invest in our young people and work to provide opportunities to expand educational and training opportunities. We look forward to continuing to support young women's leadership. 

Thank you to our donors and supporters for helping make this possible. 

Best,

WHS Staff 

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Intertwined Youth Leaders
Intertwined Youth Leaders

Intertwined is a youth-led space where teens can have honest conversations about a plethora of issues that impact us. It’s about learning more and initiating conversation we hope attendees continue outside of Intertwined.

The creation of Intertwined came about when young women in our peer education group saw the lack of youth spaces in our community. Creating a space where youth are able to comfortably share their thoughts and opinions without being subjected to the invalidation of adults was one of our main objectives. We strived to have a place where youth can empower themselves with knowledge and take the lead when talking about these important issues that heavily impact their lives.

Intertwined is a space to hold heart to heart conversations while forming new connections with passionate youth. In the 1st meeting of Intertwined, we talked about the importance of self-love and self-care connecting it to our organization of Women’s Health Specialist’s which was founded of those ideals. Just like our founders we talked about taking back our power that our bodies hold. Not only that but also spreading it to a more relevant to the obstacles we face as young people today. We talked about how things such as social media have changed the way we perceive ourselves in the new digital age. We had interactive activities such as: creating lip scrubs and creating a “self-love box.” Whilst attendees did the activities the young women lead a conversation on the need for self-love, self-care and the important role it has on our overall health.

This space grasped all types of personas and unique minds. There were no restrictions to the ideas and experiences shared. It was a free space just for youth. Overall Intertwined is about empowerment and self-development that society sometimes doesn’t take into consideration.

Thank you for your donation and continued support of young women. 

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Location: Redding, CA - USA
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Linda McCrea
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