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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

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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Celebrating International Women's Day at the Intersections 

Women's Health Network and Women's Health Specialists are proud to join forces on our 5th Annual International Women's Day Celebration that featured speakers, local artists and performers, booths featuring women-connected businesses and vendors. This year's theme was championing gender equity #betterforbalance. 

The event was organized by a committee of young women, community volunteers and staff. One of the highlights of our committee was the youth leadership that took place. Several youth providing community outreach and recruiting sponsorships and donations, preparing event materials and coordinating on the day of the event. 

International Women’s Day featured several local performers and community activist and artists from all different backgrounds. Each of them speaking and sharing their truth in celebration of this day. The evening included an opening by the Indigenous people of the land with a prayer and song followed by three staff members of Women's Health Specialists that provided a welcome done in their traditional languages, Mien, Spanish and Pauite. 

The evening speakers included a variety of topics such as sexual violence, abortion, immigration, racial justice, transgender rights, white supremacy and reproductive justice. Each person sharing their own lived experiences with the community. We even had one of our own youth leaders speak at the event and share her story on three generations of women. Local performers sang songs, danced, read poems and each one of these performances shared a message related to women’s rights, gender expression, emotional and mental health and more. 

The keynote speech was a conversation with renowned feminist activist and Professor Loretta Ross, who draws on half a century of activism. Dynamic and insightful, Dr. Ross's conversations inspire the transformation of apathy and anger into activism for social justice. Loretta held the attention of everyone in the room. Sharing her life experience on the barriers to accessing contraception, rape and incest, abortion and teaching on white supremacy. Loretta broke down reproductive justice and shared what it means to do work as a feminist. 

It was a powerful space for activism! We celebrated at the intersections, uplifted community voices and stood in solidarity together. We look forward to continuing our support for youth and women in our community and with your help this is possible. Thank you for supporting this work. 

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Women's Health Specialists Outreach Driver Program

Over the past few months our communities have been devastated by two of the largest wild fires in Northern California. Two of our clinics are located in the counties where the fires occurred, the Carr Fire in Shasta County and the Camp Fire in Butte County. Both of these fires leaving thousands of individuals homeless in our services area. In response to this event, Women's Health Specialists has been working hard to support individuals affected by the fires and continue to make sure that reproductive health services are available during this crucial time. 


Women’s Health Specialists has recently started a temporary program called the Outreach Drivers. This program began to support individuals who were affected by the Camp Fire in Butte County. The project has 4 women outreach drivers who were directly affected by the fire themselves coordinating and leading this program. These 4 women work as community outreach drivers to support Carr Fire victims in accessing their health care needs. The outreach drivers provide free rides to and from Women’s Health Specialists for anyone affected by the Camp Fire. The purpose of this project is to help support women who don’t have transportation get to and from their appointments. 

 

Women's Health Specialists Outreach Drivers are connecting women to a wide range of services which include birth control, pregnancy testing, abortion, pre-natal referrals, trans health referrals, services for men, STI testing and treatment, HIV testing, free condoms and safe sex supplies. Free Rides are offered Monday- Friday to clients. The drivers have discrete business cars that pick-up clients and drop them off anywhere in Butte County.

Outreach Drivers work to promote this project throughout Butte County by distributing flyers, condoms, service cards and provide education sessions. These women are working to connect women to care during this time. Our communty is strong and women are empowered to help others. 

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Location: Redding, CA - USA
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Linda McCrea
Redding, CA United States
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