Adolescent development research shows that in addition to positively impacting a wide spectrum of individual health, social, emotional, and academic outcomes, engaging in activism can create positive community and social change. This power and potential of Georgia’s youth presents a call to action for GCAPP.
GCAPP’s Youth Advocacy Strategyequips young people with the skills to better serve as advocates in their community and to help empower a generation of forward-thinking youth who have the capability to shape their future through leadership, advocacy, and policy change.
The strategy leverages members of our Youth Advisory Council, empowering them with the tools and knowledge they need to identify and organize Youth Action Teams in their home counties. These teams then work to identify and address the health and overall wellbeing challenges impacting their peers in their communities. This not only increases young leaders’ self-agency, it also drives community cohesion for common causes.
Our Youth Advocacy Strategy:
Supports youth from our Youth Advisory Council and 25 priority counties
Provides advocacy and leadership trainings to empower youth to make meaningful and lasting impact in their communities
Supports Youth Action Teams in the creation of county-specific plans that will mobilize teens, young adults, and adult allies around issues impacting youth.
Provides support to Youth Action Teams in the implementation of at least one initiative from their advocacy plans.
The young leaders that serve on the Youth Advisory Council and Youth Action Teams, exemplify the hope and potential we believe exists for all of Georgia’s youth. For more information on how you can support and join GCAPP’s Youth Advocacy Strategy and advocate for community causes in local communities, contact LeKara Simmons, LeKara@gcapp.org.
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