Youth Advocacy Day is an annual event sponsored by EverThrive IL and the Illinois School-Based Health Alliance that allows youth from across the state to meet with their legislators and advocate for improving adolescent health.
Every spring, participating schools bring students to Springfield to learn about state policy and advocate on behalf of their School Health Centers (SHCs). This unique event is an important civic engagement opportunity for students that may not normally be engaged in the political process. It also is a time where students can join other youth in sharing why their health is meaningful to them and the important role SHCs play in maintaining their health.
Youth Advocacy Day Training Webinar
This webinar gives school health center staff the tools they need to help prepare students to advocate on Youth Advocacy Day. This includes information such as what is advocacy, how to find your legislators, and how to tell your story in an impactful way. We encourage those that have students attending Youth Advocacy Day to view the webinar so that you can share the resources with your students.
More information and registration coming soon!
Youth Advocacy Day 2017: What You Need to Know Webinar
This webinar will cover the basics for school health centers interested in participating in EverThrive IL's Youth Advocacy Day. This includes the tentative day of schedule, important dates, and other important information on what to expect.
2017 Youth Advocacy Video Contest
The ISBHA is announcing our second annual Youth Advocacy Day video contest, which allows youth to tell their personal health story and highlight why it is important for youth to advocate for their health and SHCs! EverThrive IL will be using this to help promote Youth Advocacy Day, and the winner of the contest will receive a $50 gift card to Target! The deadline for youth to submit their video is March 3, 2017.
2016 Video Contest Winners
Congratulations to the Roosevelt High School Health Club, winners of the 2016 Advocacy Day Video Contest! Watch the winning video, complete with a full tour of the RHS school health center.