PATCH Youth Advocacy Fellowship

PROVIDING YOUNG PEOPLE WITH THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND SUPPORT TO BE DRIVERS OF CHANGE IN THEIR COMMUNITY.

The PATCH Advocacy Fellowship is an opportunity for Wisconsin youth, ages 12-21, to grow as leaders and activists. They are empowered to be a part of adolescent health conversations at community and state levels, providing advice and input on goals and decisions that impact youth. 

Youth Advocates participate in an intensive, in-person training at the beginning of the program year at a rotating location in Wisconsin (all expenses paid) and continue their learning through monthly group meetings (virtual) and individual learning modules (virtual). Advocates are paid for additional trainings, meetings, or events as approved by staff. The PATCH Advocacy Fellowship is  9-month commitment. 

Currently, Wisconsin PATCH is running THREE unique fellowships, one participating in general advocacy efforts, one focusing on advocacy around sexual and reproductive health, and one specifically for social and emotional health!

Still Hiring Youth Advocates!

Applications still open to apply to one of three STATEWIDE youth teams!

Consulting

Advocates are empowered to be a part of adolescent health conversations at community and state levels, providing advice and input on goals and decisions that impact youth. Want youth input on your work?

Submit your request below!

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Meet the 2020-2021 Youth Advocates!

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Adam, 19

Hello! I am a freshman attending UW-Madison, where I plan to major in global and public health. I am passionate about many health-related topics, but in this setting I hope to focus on health literacy, mental illness in the healthcare system, and data-informed policymaking. Outside of PATCH, I am an enthusiastic juggler who has also recently taken up mountain biking.

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Allie, 13

My name is Allie my pronouns are she, her, hers. I am 13 going on 14 and im and 8th grader at Denmark Middle School. I love horses, reading, singing, and acting. I joined PATCH this year because i was an advocate last year and it was such an amazing experience. I hope this year i can continue to help make a difference.

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Audrey, 17

I’m Audrey, my pronouns are she/her/hers. I’m very passionate about social justice and hope to help make the world a better place by advocating for important issues. I love reading, writing, and spending time in nature.

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Ava, 17

My name is Ava, and I am a senior at Ellsworth High School. I'm passionate about mental health, pathology, and human anatomy. I currently work as a CNA in my local care center, and I am planning to go to college for nursing! A fun fact about me is that I just finished my EMT1/EMR training. I am so excited to be working with all of you!

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Avigail, 16

My name is Avigail, my pronouns are she/her, and I am a junior at Edgerton high school.  I want to help make the world a safer and more accepting and understanding place for the LGBTQ+ community and I'm so glad to be a part of PATCH for that reason!  I love making art, I love making friends, and I love acting and being a part of the theatre program at my school.

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Cameron, 14

My name is Cameron and I’m a freshman at Laona High School. I’m passionate about being a youth advocate because I want to try to end racial injustice and I want to fight for people who have mental health issues. A fun fact about me is that I have a dual nationality, which means that I have a American and a Scottish citizenship.

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Farley, 16

hi! My name is Farley and I'm from Stoughton. I have eight siblings and family and friends are super important to me. I applied to PATCH because it was an amazing opportunity to educate myself and others on real issues that we don’t get to learn about much in school. I work two jobs, so I don't get much free time, but when I'm able to, I binge criminal minds and any barbie movies I can find on Netflix.

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Jessica, 14

Hi, my name is Jessica! I live in Milwaukee county and I’m a freshman at Pius XI high school. I’m very passionate about raising awareness about mental health, and ending stigma for the LGBTQ+ community. Other than patch I love to write and act.

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Kaila, 15

I’m Kaila, pronouns are she and her. I attend Riverside University High School . I enjoy chess, reading, and doing makeup. I applied to patch because i want to help my community be better.

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Kris, 15

Wassup Yall my name is Kris and my pronouns are Him, he, his. I’m 15, I go to Vincent in Milwaukee, and I love to play basketball, play 2k/fort, and love spending time with family. Why I joined patch was to understand signs of depression, and understand how to react to it, and to also have a better understanding of it.

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LaShon, 16

My name is LaShon, I am 16 years old, and I live in Madison, WI. I attend Madison Area Technical College as a STEM student. My pronouns are She,Her, and Hers. For fun I find joy in listening to music, doing laundry, or jogging.

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Merritt, 14

My name is Merritt, and I am a freshman at West High School. I am interested in mental health and promoting wellness. I enjoy playing violin, running track and cross country, and reading

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Neha, 17

Hi, I'm Neha! My pronouns are she, her, and hers. I am passionate about ensuring everyone has the resources they need to get the best possible healthcare, especially when it comes to mental health. I'm a senior at Madison Memorial High School, and I love to dance, spend time outdoors, and watch sports with my friends and family.

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Yashneil, 15

I’m Yashneil, and I’m excited to help with some of the mental health related problems in our community. Outside of PATCH, I enjoy Lacrosse, FISP, and the Sun Prairie Formula Student USA racing team.

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Zara, 16

My name is Zara! I am a junior at WCA, My pronouns are she, hers, hers. I live in Milwaukee, WI I love playing volleyball, writing poetry, and furthering my education in Tax Law. I joined PATCH to bring light to youth and young adult mental health, and to provide a support system for at-risk youth. I hope you graduate high school and move on to college to become a Tax Lawyer. 

Contact PATCH Advocacy Fellowship Staff

Faith (PATCH Advocacy Fellowship Coordinator) & Nailah (PATCH Sexual & Reproductive Health Fellowship Coordinator) would love to talk to you and are ready to answer your questions about: consulting, youth advocacy fellowship applications, or anything else!

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E-mail Faith at faith@wipatch.org. Or, give her a call 414.677.5309.

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E-mail Nailah at nailah@wipatch.org. Or, give them a call 414.301.2706.