PATCH Youth Advocacy Fellowship
An opportunity for Wisconsin youth to grow as leaders and changemakers!
The PATCH Youth Advocacy Fellowship is a 10-month program for youth, ages 13-19, in the state of Wisconsin. Youth Advocates are hired (and paid!) to learn about topics related to adolescent health and to grow as leaders and advocates by sharing their ideas and feedback in community and state-level conversations.
The Fellowship consists of three main parts:
Enrichment Meetings: virtual meetings where Youth Advocates learn about important adolescent-health topics. Community experts join meetings to share information and lead discussions around health (examples: mental health, substance use and addiction, body positivity, inequities in healthcare, sexual health, etc).
Advocacy Learning Series: a seven-step curriculum designed to support advocates in learning about their respective communities, reflecting on what changes they would like to see, researching elected officials, and ultimately creating a plan for an advocacy project.
Consulting Sessions: a virtual space for Youth Advocates and professionals to come together and review adolescent-focused projects and initiatives. More information below!
To learn more, follow us on social media and/or reach out to a Fellowship Coordinator (contact info at the bottom of the page)! If you are interested in applying to be a Youth Advocate, watch for our application, which opens every spring!
The PATCH Youth Advocacy Fellowship is introducing a new fellowship team opportunity this 2023 - 2024 program year. This team is called the PAL (Policy and Leadership) Advocates and consists of 7 Youth Advocates (ages 13 - 19) who have already completed a fellowship program cycle with PATCH. This 2023-2024 program year, the PAL Advocates team is working together to facilitate change statewide with the aim to improve Wisconsin's sexual health education.
Youth Advocates have consulted on a wide variety of projects/programs, including: community messaging about sexual violence prevention, social and emotional health activities, sexual education curriculum, school policies around suicides and memorials, barriers to youth engagement in tobacco prevention programs, and many others! At this time, sessions are offered at no cost to the client, PATCH pays youth advocates for their time.
Youth can play an extremely important role in enhancing adolescent health efforts; however existing structures of power often deter meaningful youth participation in decisions that impact their lives. To bridge this gap, PATCH Youth Advocates offer Consulting Sessions. These virtual meetings bring youth and professionals together, creating space for youth to voice their feedback and ideas and space for professionals to improve their projects and programs.
Consulting Sessions are typically 60-90 minute virtual, focus group-style meetings. Clients are supported throughout the process by a PATCH Fellowship Coordinator who will support session preparation and facilitate the session itself, allowing clients to take notes, ask additional follow up questions, and answer questions raised by youth.
The 2023-2024 PATCH Youth Advocates are now open to scheduling Consulting Sessions! If you are interested in learning more information or would like to discuss setting up a session, please contact email@example.com or click the button below to fill out a request.
Contact PATCH Advocacy Fellowship Coordinators
Faith, Kayla, & Nailah would love to talk to you and are ready to answer your questions about: consulting, youth advocacy fellowship applications, or anything else!