Youth Advisory Councils
Michigan Youth Community
MY Community (Michigan Youth Community) is a youth advisory council that works to address and advocate for the specific needs of LGBTQ+ youth, ages 13-19, from rural communities in Michigan, especially northern Michigan and the UP. Members will serve as a sounding board for those who want student feedback, speak at trainings and events to inform key stakeholders about actions to meaningfully affect students, and advance policies and practices in local school communities.
Michigan Youth Consent Advisory Board
MY CAB (Michigan Youth Consent Advisory Board) is a youth advisory council that focuses on empowering girls and nonbinary youth and shifting the culture and climate of consent in Michigan schools. MY CAB exists to inform the services, programs, and materials created for youth by MOASH and other community partners. MY CAB members are involved in various youth advocacy efforts throughout the year and use their voices to improve services for youth across the state, especially as it relates to sexual violence and consent. Members are 13-19, as MY CAB's focus is on K-12 schools. MY CAB is open to youth who don't identify as boys - nonbinary and trans youth are encouraged to apply. (This YAC was formerly known as Michigan Youth Girls Advisory Board [MY GAB]). You can also find MY CAB on instagram at @empowering.miyouth
Michigan Youth Queer/Trans/Intersex People of Color
MY QTIPOC (Michigan Youth Queer/Trans/Intersex People of Color) is a youth advisory council focused on amplifying, empowering, and centering voices of LGBTQ+ youth of color. Members, ages 13-19, will be involved in panels and other advocacy efforts to dismantle racism in queer communities and homophobia in communities of color, as well as advocate for overall liberation, inclusion, and justice for queer people of color.
Michigan Youth Racial Equity Council
MY REC (Michigan Youth Racial Equity Council) is a youth-led project where people between the ages of 13-24 are paid to receive the education, support, opportunities, and resources necessary to become leaders and advocates addressing important issues related to racial justice, sexual health education and services, and reproductive justice. Members must identify as a person of color (POC), be between the ages of 13-24, and live within the state of MI.
Michigan Youth Trans Voice
MY Trans Voice (MY TV) is a southeast Michigan youth advisory council in collaboration with Stand with Trans that focuses on the unique needs of transgender/non-binary youth. We have representatives (ages 13-21) from several counties (Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw, Wayne, and St. Clair) and school districts across southeast Michigan. The goal of MYTV is to advocate for trans students in Michigan and to improve conditions for trans youth in their communities. As a group, MY Trans Voice engages in professional development opportunities to increase confidence and ability to advocate on behalf of the trans community. MY Trans Voice meets regularly to build community, work on collective goals to help create positive change in the community, and last but not least - have fun!
Michigan Youth Voice
MY Voice (Michgian Youth Voice) is the youth advisory council that MOASH coordinates. MY Voice exists to inform the services, programs and materials created for youth by MOASH and other community partners. In addition, MY Voice members are involved in various youth advocacy efforts throughout the year and use their voices of experience to improve services for youth across the state. MY Voice members have the opportunity to be trained on a variety of sexual health topics, undergo leadership development, gain communication skills and work on advocacy efforts. There is no specific criteria for members within MY Voice, but each year we try to prioritize diversity in different ways. Members are typically 16-21 but younger youth can be accepted on a case by case basis. The council meets monthly, often in Lansing but also occasionally in other areas of the state.
Teens and Young Adults
Our main goal: To amplify youth voice.
We value your perspective, input, and engagement in our work - and in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and social justice more broadly. Whatever your particular passion area, we hope you'll find information and resources that are helpful to you. Feel free to browse around the site, and if you like the vibe, then consider getting involved with MOASH. This might be signing up as a volunteer or for an internship, subscribing to our monthly newsletter, following our social media, or joining one of our youth advisory councils!
Parents and Supportive Adults
Your child's sexual health education starts with you.
Adult relatives and role models are children's first teachers, so we want to support you! Whether or not you're talking to them explicitly about sex, the values that you share with them set the tone for their future relationships, both with others and with their own bodies and minds. We at MOASH thank you for all you're doing to help guide our young people toward healthy, safe, and satisfying choices! We know that visiting this site shows your commitment to seeking out clear, quality, and accurate sexual health information, and we hope you'll find resources that are helpful to you - whether you've been talking with your kid(s) about sexual health for awhile, or if you're not even sure where to begin. Feel free to browse around the site; if you like what you find, feel free to subscribe to our monthly newsletter or follow us on social media for regular updates! If you have particular questions, or have difficulty finding any information, don't hesitate to reach out to us by phone or e-mail.
Educators and Providers
We support our teachers and health professionals that are working directly with youth.
Thank you for all the work you do! We know that doctors, nurses, social workers, case managers, health teachers, school staffers, and others are some of the first points of contact for young people with questions about their bodies and relationships. We salute you taking the time to seek out more information on our website in order to be a better resource for your students, clients, or patients! We hope that you'll find resources that are helpful to you, whether you're already an expert in this field or just beginning to look into it. Feel free to browse around the site; if you like what you find, feel free to subscribe to our monthly newsletter or follow us on social media for regular updates! If you have particular questions, or have difficulty finding any information, don't hesitate to reach out to us by phone or e-mail. We'd also love to hear about the work that you're doing in your community, and we are always looking for opportunities to collaborate to best support the sexual and reproductive health of Michigan's youth.
Advocates and Policy Makers
Healthy youth development: a cause we can all support.
Without you, there's no way we could do what we do! The policies and initiatives you support or reject have a huge impact on young people's access to quality sexual health services and information, both at the local and state levels. We hope that, like us, you recognize the importance of listening to the voices of young people as they advocate for rights and programs that will shape their futures. We appreciate your dedication to remaining well-informed on the issues by checking us out and visiting our website! Feel free to browse around the site; if you missed it, we have a whole section dedicated to advocacy which includes our policy positions on different topics as well as our Michigan legislative trackers. If you like what you find, subscribe to our monthly newsletter for regular updates! If you have particular questions, or have difficulty finding any information, don't hesitate to reach out to us by phone or e-mail. We'd also love to hear about your work and passion projects, and we are always looking for opportunities to collaborate to best support the sexual and reproductive health of Michigan's youth.
MOASH provides technical assistance, training, and presentations on a sliding scale for educators, health professionals, parents, administrators, youth, and more!