Youth Advocacy Day

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 2017
Wednesday, April 26




To find out more, please contact

How you can get involved: support Youth Advocacy Day 2017!

We believe everyone should have the opportunity to engage with the civic process and advocate directly to their elected legislators for the issues that matter most to their health. To this end, EverThrive IL offers this unique opportunity free of charge to students across the state, so that no student or school is turned away because of financial hardship. 

EverThrive IL depends on partners like you to help us in this mission. Whether you can donate $5 or $500, your support makes a world of difference for students from Cook County to Carbondale, and everywhere in between.


$15 - provides one student with a Youth Advocacy Day t-shirt and resources to help them when meeting with legislators

$20 - provides one student breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack

$100 - covers the full cost of sending one student to Springfield


Eventbrite - General Donation 2017


Sponsorship opportunities are available, please contact to learn more. 






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 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.

View webinar recording here.

View slides from the webinar here.


Youth Advocacy Day 2016 in Review


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.