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Teen Advocates for Sexual Health

Teen Advocates for Sexual Health (TASH) is a group of teens (grades 9-12) representing diverse backgrounds from the St. Louis area, Southwest Missouri, & Southeast Missouri.

What You Do in TASH

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.

TASH Requirements

  • 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).

  • Participants can use TASH as part of their volunteer or community service requirements.

  • Questions? Contact Education Department Director Michelle Linschoten.

Note to Parents

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the TASH Parent Informational Meeting. 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.

TASH registration will open in August 2023

Thank you for your interest in joining TASH! TASH 2022-2023 registration has closed. Registration for the 2023-2024 school year will open again here in August 2023.