Illinois Youth Policy Council Campaign

Illinois Youth Policy Council Campaign

The Illinois Youth Policy Council develops and implements grassroots strategies to gain community and legislative support for responsible sexual health education in Illinois.

IYPC's goals are to improve the Illinois School Code around sexual health education, secure state funding for sexual health programs, and launch civic engagement activities that will build youth and community leadership. These goals are tailored after federal policies, while working through state policy channels and providing links for local city governments to follow.

Advocacy strategies include having in-district meetings with legislators, holdin community forums to promote access to information, and taking leadership roles (e.g., curriculum development, speaking with bill sponsors) in ICAH's annual Advocacy Day at the state Capitol in Springfield. Members will also present their work at local and national conferences in order to increase the momentum for access to sexual health education for adolescents.

For more information, contact Tiffany Pryor, Youth Development and Advocacy Coordinator, at tiffany@icah.org or 312-427-4460 x236.

Meet the 2011-2012 Council

Antonio Diaz
My name is Antonio Francisco Diaz. I’m an eighteen year old boy who grew up on the south side of Chicago, where I attended John Spry Middle School and Madero Middle. I then moved to Berwyn, Illinois, when I was thirteen and attended Lincoln Middle. I attend J.S. Morton West High School as a senior now. I’m involved in Student Council at my school; we work to create activities for the whole school to enjoy, students and teachers alike. I work at Garden Weddings as a busboy.

Olivia French
Hello, my name is Olivia French. I am a junior at Joliet Central High School. I am involved many different clubs which include, CASA club leader, Friends of Rachel club, Snowball leader, Reality Check co-director, and more. This is my second year in IYPC and I'm excited about what the group has to offer. I can't wait for us to start getting to work this year! Hello, my name is Olivia French. I am a junior at Joliet Central High School. I am involved many different clubs which include, CASA club leader, Friends of Rachel club, Snowball leader, Reality Check co-director, nd more. This is my second year in IYPC and I'm excited about what the group has to offer. I can't wait for us to start getting to work this year!

Elijah Hopson
I am a senior at southeast high school in Springfield, IL.  I am involved in activities such as: Varsity football and basketball, BASAUH Ambassador, Freshman Mentor, tutor, peer mentor, member of principal student advisory committee, member of Site Leadership Team at Southeast, participant in Next Up Leadership Program, member of IYPC at ICAH.

Kendra Jones
I’m Kendra Jones, a junior at Curie Metro High School.  I’ve been a part of ICAH for about two years now and a part of the media group for about one year.  I’ve gained so much being a part of these groups, like self-awareness and helping others be aware and cautious.  I enjoy meeting other youth and being a part of a movement.  I also enjoy being a part of an organization that allows me to advocate for other young people like myself.  We need information and we need it now!  “Silence is death”

Capri Latimore
My name is Capri Latimore. I like to listen to music & read books sometimes. I was born in Chicago but have lived in Joliet for the majority of my life. I go to Joliet West High School. I’m currently not in other groups/activities except for I.C.A.H & IYPC. I want to be a Youth Activist because I want to spread the knowledge that I know to other kids so they can protect themselves & know their rights. The history of Birth Control, STIs & STDs, etc. is important to me.  It’s a lot of things I think people should have the right to know.

Larry McGhee
Hi, my name is Larry McGhee and I'm a part of the IYPC program and SOJ at ICAH.  I’m from Maywood Illinois, and I attend Oak Park and River Forrest High School. I participate in Photography and a Spoken Word club at my school. I joined this group because I wanted to get more educated on Sex Education and Reproductive Justice. I want to spread the information I to the youth in my community because I personally think that they are undereducated in the subject of safe sex.

Jasmine Moore
My name is Jasmine Moore. I am a 16 year old junior student at Joliet Central High school. I am a current member of IYPC and ICAH. I play volleyball, cheerlead, and play soccer at Joliet Central. I currently have a 3.63 GPA. I am a dedicated member of many clubs in school and out.

Cameron Pickens
I’m Cameron Pickens. I attend Rauner College Prep. The activities that I am involved in are the Sex-Ed loop, IYPC, Peer Education, and School of Justice. I want to be a youth activist because, I want to try and help make a difference.

Jazmin Wilson
My name is Jazmin Wilson. I am a 17-year-old junior from Springfield, IL. I attend Springfield Southeast High School. I’m the oldest of my 10 siblings. Family means more than anything to me. I am very dedicated to my studies and plan to be at the top of the 2013 class. I am a quiet person at times, but I am easy going and love to have fun. I am in many different activities, such as the following: FCCLA, YWB, 21st century, Drug Prevention and Student Council. I am now a new member of ICAH (School of Justice and Illinois Youth Policy Council). Being an advocate for youth means so much to me. Helping inform other youth makes me want to do so much more. Being a member of IYPC has taught me so much, but I am ready to learn much more. I’m ready to help teach what I have learned to others.

Krystal Wilson
Krystal Wilson has recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2011 receiving her Bachelors of Science in Community Health with a concentration in Health Education. She intends on continuing her education to receive her Master’s in Public Health and Social Work as she intends on having a career as a health educator/youth development specialist. She has recently become a youth organizer with the School of Justice and is excited in organizing to ensure comprehensive sexual health education for youth.

Meet the 2010-2011 Council

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