Serving Michigan's young people for over 10 years!
MOASH mobilizes youth voices, engages community partners, and informs decision-makers to advance sexual health, identities, and rights.
MOASH envisions a society that respects and celebrates youth identities, advocacy, and informed choices.
Our core values
We acknowledge the deep intersectional connection between sexual health and oppression. We accept our responsibility to continuously examine our privilege and positionality, practice cultural humility, seek opportunities to broaden our understanding, and hold ourselves accountable. We commit to anti-oppressive practices in our board, staff, and all programming and partnerships. We will work toward rights, justice, and liberation for all youth, and we recognize that dismantling systems of oppression is a key part of the broad structural changes needed in this work.
Centering Youth Voices
We commit to centering youth voices–especially those most marginalized–and working alongside young people to ensure that all MOASH work is youth-informed from start to finish. We commit to ensuring that our partnerships are genuinely meaningful for youth as well as the organization, including providing fair compensation for their time. We support youth in building the skills and accessing the tools needed to recognize their own agency and make the choices best for them with respect to their sexual health, relationships, and personal development. We do this work through our anti-oppression framework in order to shift the conditions that limit youth autonomy and self-determination.
We commit to developing and maintaining authentic, meaningful relationships when working alongside communities and other organizations. We understand that true and successful partnerships require mutual investment, trust, transparency, and the open sharing of resources. We commit to being responsive to community needs and standing in solidarity with existing community efforts. We will be flexible, creative, and adaptable in our approaches to programming.
At MOASH, we commit to grounding our work in equity, inclusion, diversity, and justice within all aspects of our organization and within the field of adolescent sexual health. We will work toward liberation for all youth.
We acknowledge the deep intersectional connection between sexual health and oppression. We recognize and must understand the history of white supremacy, racism, adultism, classism, capitalism, systemic poverty, carceral systems, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, fatphobia, sexism, ableism, and environmental degradation that is embedded at the core of youth sex education and health services, including the people, groups, and policies that have privilege and power. Our understanding of this continues to evolve; we exercise cultural humility as we encounter this history and its enduring societal structures and attitudes which we work to dismantle. We commit to moving forward in developing and using more liberatory models, centering the voices of youth who have historically been marginalized.
This work is urgent, and we will always be learning. We will make mistakes and own our responsibility for restorative action. In alignment with the principles of transformative justice movements, accountability for us means acknowledging the harm done, repairing the harm, and changing what we do. We will engage in these processes in conversation with our communities, prioritizing the needs of those we’ve harmed. We will be open and transparent throughout the process as we participate in opportunities for continuous learning and growth.
MOASH is a 501c3 non-partisan organization that was conceived in the spring of 2008 by statewide leaders, including professionals from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Department of Education, and other local and statewide organizations that serve adolescent sexual health. One of our first tasks was to interview other successful statewide organizations about challenges and opportunities. We built a strong board to help us grow, and we are indebted to the many advisors, volunteers, and donors who have given us sturdy roots.