Wednesday, August 20, 2014

#RespectYoungFams Twitter Chat by Young Women United

August 25th is New Mexico's day in recognition of young parents! Yes, you read that right WE HAVE OUR OWN DAY in New Mexico. To honor our day and as a way to connect with more teen and young parents from around the country as well as organizations from around the country that support us, there will be a Twitter chat.
The Twitter chat is being organized by Young Women United and will have organizations and teen parents from around the country joining in. 

Please mark your calendars and join us on August 25th at 12pm PST/1pm MST/ 3pm EST time at  the hashtag #RespectYoungFams to join! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Condom Campaign! Safer Sex for all!

The Great American Condom Campaign is a youth-led grassroots movement to reduce unintended pregnancies and the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections by normalizing condom use on college and university campuses. 

Students from across the country apply to become SafeSites, individual condom distribution points, and upon selection receive a box of 500 Trojan condoms to distribute to their peers. SafeSites are also tasked with educating their peers about safer sex and advocating on campus and within their community for the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people.

In the past academic year, 2,600 SafeSites distributed more than 1,300,000 condoms to students on 1,234 campuses. SafeSites were established in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

We receive more applications than we can accept, so make sure your application stands out! Be clear about how you will distribute condoms and why you want to be part of the GACC. To learn more about the GACC and the awesome work of previous SafeSites, go to the GACC Facebook page.

Applications to be a Fall Semester SafeSite are open through August 15th, 2014. It only takes 10 minutes to fill out an application, so start now!
Do it for your country."

The above content is originally from Advocates for Youth. 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

YTH Seeks a PAID Fall Intern

An awesome organization that I am part of YTH is accepting applications for a Communications and Programs Intern for the fall. 
This position will be based in Oakland, will be part-time and is compensated. 

Apply here! 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and post social media content on YTH’s social media platforms.
  • Monitor and track social media metrics and develop monthly report with recommendations.
  • Write blog posts about relevant and timely youth, tech, and health ideas, resources and events.
  • Support the team on communications and program collateral development including newsletter content, presentation design and content, and event-related outreach.
  • Provide day-to-day office support as needed.
  • All other duties assigned.

Required Experience and Qualifications:

  • Strong working knowledge of social media and associated digital tools. Word, WordPress, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn and basic HTML.
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Comfort with reproductive and sexual health content and speaking with a youthful audience.
  • Ability to handle detailed work accurately, thoughtfully and quickly.
  • Ability to work independently within established guidelines.
  • Discretion, discernment, sound judgment, and positive interpersonal communications skills are key.
  • Organized and flexible individual, able to manage multiple tasks and changing priorities.
  • A sense of humor.
Position Hours: Minimum of 15 hours/week.
Compensation: Generous stipends available as well as the possibility of academic credit.
Reports to: The YTH Programs Manager and the YTH Executive Director.
To Apply: Please send in a cover letter, resume, and two references by August 20th.

 The deadline is August 20th! Apply here! 


Monday, August 4, 2014

Living my Dream With My Best Friend

Yesterday I woke up very stressed and overwhelmed.

I don't do doing nothing very well.
I freak out actually.
I freak out and I get down on myself and feel like I'm wasting time and not doing the best I can. Yes- even though I should be relaxing because I'm on vacation and it's the summer.

I decided that the best way to get over my self inflicted "do something with you life" party was to get out of the house and do something.

That something was the beach with Leilani.

First, I got all dressed up and cute because that always helps when I'm feeling, bluh.
I googled the closest beach.
Grabbed some towels and left.

We dropped our things in the sand and ran to the water as soon as we could.

The waves were HUGE (perfect for me... not so perfect for Leilani) so we stayed close to the shore and played around in the waves.
We held hands when a wave was coming and Leilani held on to my waist when the HUGE waves would come crashing down on us. "You're the best mommy ever!" she said as she smiled up to me, sand spattered across her face, hair a mess, and the sun in her eyes.

The waves kept coming and even though she asked me to not make her go out to "where my feet can't touch because it scares me" she asked to venture further out into the water and so we did.

We stayed on the beach a bit longer, played in the sand, talked, and left.

I decided to take the scenic route (aka a bit lost and a bit curious to see more of the city) so we drove down a coastal road along side the beach and marveled at the mountains, hills, ocean, and overall beautiful scenery. We couldn't figure out how to make the radio in the car work so we sang songs to one another and we talked about the latest episode of Korra.

Like the huge waves that knocked us over a few minutes before, the realization that I am living one of the goals and dreams I set out for myself in life hit me.
It hit me hard.

I looked over at the passenger I had in the car and could not think of a more deserving and amazing person to share these moments with.

My baby girl.
My baby girl who I held in my arms at 15 scared as hell and full of shame.
My baby girl who has seen me go from working the closing shift at Taco Bell to speaking in from the the Supreme Court.
My baby girl who has loved me no matter what-even when I tell her to go to bed early.
My baby girl; the one who many people said would ruin my life because I had her young and or that I would ruin hers because I had her young.
My baby girl who makes me the best me I never knew I could be.

I'm literally living out my dreams.
How the hell can I be stressed?