YASI, our inaugural program, is a six-week intensive health justice advocacy training and experiential learning program for youth, ages 15-19. Corps members are provided a stipend and gain work and life skills during the summer. YASI includes four main components:
1) a two-week training program, including workshops conducted by some of the City’s most knowledgeable organizers, lawyers and advocates, introducing the corps to advocacy, communication and problem-solving;
2) engagement in a one-week advocacy externship at a partner non-profit or health clinic;
3) the development of health advocacy clinics at the public libraries through which our corps members provide information and advice to their community members about issues, including how to access health insurance, where to find free and low-cost medical clinics, where to obtain legal representation, and how to access healthy food; and
4) mentorship and the development of personal advocacy projects, which the corps members bring back to their communities and sustain beyond the summer.