The Broward County Youth Council (BCYC) is a project of the Florida Healthy Teens Campaign sponsored by Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast and Advocates for Youth. The purpose of the council is to advocate for comprehensive, medically accurate, and age appropriate sexual health education that provides teens with the information and skills for responsible decision-making.
The Council is composed of 10 dynamic high school, college, and graduate students from Broward County who support and promote evidence-based, responsible sex education. Working closely with Planned Parenthood, council members will develop and implement strategies to advocate for comprehensive sex education programs and policies in Florida.
Below, you'll find the Council's goals, expectations, and what members stand to gain. For questions or more information, email HealtyTeens@ppsoflo.org or call (561) 472-9970.
- Raise awareness among youth about the need for STI and pregnancy prevention efforts for themselves and other young people.
- Advocate for comprehensive sex education in Florida Public Schools and other policy priorities.
- Empower other youth to get involved in their communities.
What does the Youth Council expect?
- That you care about preventing the transmission of STIs and teenage pregnancy, and comprehensive sex education.
- That you will attend all trainings and meetings, per a schedule that we will provide.
- That you will meet with the legislators in your district to advocate for the comprehensive sex education and other related issues.
- That you will meet with school leaders, school board members, or other education personnel in your district regarding comprehensive sex education.
- That you will work with local, state, and national media as needed.
- That you will share ideas and collaborate with other council members and the staff at Planned Parenthood of South Florida and the Treasure Coast and Advocates for Youth.
- That you will recruit many other youth in your area involved in our work (i.e. starting a petition, forming Facebook groups, organizing a letter writing campaign, et cetera).
What can YOU expect?
- A monthly stipend.
- To meet, work with, and learn from amazing young leaders and community organizations.
- To gain information and skills that you will be able to capitalize on throughout your school and work careers.
- To collaborate and make connections with Planned Parenthood and Advocates for Youth staff who care about these issues as much as you do.
- To share your experience and perspective.
- Hard work, excitement, and fun…all while making a difference!
- The opportunity to travel, and attend trainings across the state and the country.