Teen Advocates for Sexual Health (known as "TASH") creates, develops, plans and implements programs that move toward a greater understanding and appreciation of healthy sexuality based on teen rights, respect, and responsibility. With TASH, teens learn about sexual health, sexuality and how to be advocates in their communities. Members of TASH will:
Create a common language around issues of sex, sexuality, sexual health, diversity, intersectionality, advocacy, and public policy.
Understand how privilege, oppression, and power contribute to access to sexual health and education, resources, and services.
Become agents for positive change in personal, political, and social spheres.
Learn what it means to be an advocate and a powerful influencer.
Learn accurate sexual health information to share with the broader community.
Currently a student in grades 9-12.
Live in Southwest or Southeast Missouri, or the St. Louis metro area (which includes Southwest Illinois).
Students under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a consent form. We will email the consent form to the parent/guardian named on the application.
Be able to attend most of not all TASH meetings for the year (the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month).
Attend the first TASH meeting on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 4:45 p.m. The first meeting will be virtual. We will explore together what meeting in-person could look like. Once in-person meetings begin, the affiliate will provide transportation support (i.e. Metro passes). A virtual meeting option will remain available for students.
Participants can use TASH as part of their volunteer or community service requirements.
Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the TASH Parent Informational Meeting on Monday, November 8, 2021, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. In addition to the application, all students must have a parent/legal guardian virtually complete and sign a permission form. This form will be directly emailed to the parent/guardian once the student completes their TASH application.