We're Recruiting!

For the Youth Leadership Team, That Is

You know you're awesome...so why not share that awesome with us? We're looking for bright, committed, and enthusiastic teens from across the nation to join our Youth Leadership Team (YLT). From February 14 through May 14, we are accepting applications for the 2013-2014 YLT. Wanna know more?

About the Youth Leadership Team
The YLT works to reflect teens’ views and to give voice to their unique perspectives by getting them actively involvedboth nationally and locallyin teen pregnancy prevention efforts. During their 18-month term, YLT members participate in a variety of activities that both promote teen pregnancy prevention and expand their own abilities.

Past YLT members have spoken to the press about teen pregnancy prevention and related issues to outlets such as NBC News, ABC News, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Seventeen, and Essence magazines, “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” and MTV. YLTers have written articles for our own Stay Teen site as well as other teen-oriented media, and have contributed to National Campaign publications.

YLT members:

  • serve as youth advisors to The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, the parent organization of Stay Teen;
  • participate in training sessions so they are more comfortable working with the press and speaking publicly about our issues;
  • visit Capitol Hill and meet with their Senators and Representatives to talk about teen pregnancy prevention;
  • receive assistance planning projects in their own communities to raise awareness of the issue; and

  • participate in National Campaign activities, like the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

YLT members were also instrumental in helping The National Campaign develop broadcast ads for our Stay Teen public service campaign. Ads created by and starring YLT members have aired on FOX, Lifetime, and TeenNick (check them out here!). 

STILL want to know more? We've asked some of our YLT alums to write their thoughts on what it was like to serve as a member; you can read a new entry every few weeks during the recruitment process here: 

YLT applicants must be 14-17 years old as of August 1, 2013 and have be recommended by an adult who is not related to you (like a teacher, friend of the family, coach, or youth advisor); you can download a full application with all the rules and info here. Questions? Send us an email!

WHAT OTHER TEENS ARE SAYING:

ON JUNE 14, 2013 AT 1:15 AM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

Bummer, assuming I didn't get in since it is now June 14th.

ON JUNE 6, 2013 AT 10:47 AM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

Have you begun to notify the selected candidates?

ON MAY 26, 2013 AT 11:30 PM, JORDYN SAID:

What is discussed at the meetings?

ON MAY 15, 2013 AT 9:00 PM, SHAE SAID:

How many people make it in?

ON MAY 21, 2013 AT 10:39 AM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@SHAE

Each team normally has between 12 and 15 teens.

ON MAY 14, 2013 AT 2:54 PM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

What happens if we are accepted into the program and something comes up that causes us not to be able to attend the first conference.

ON MAY 21, 2013 AT 10:58 AM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ANONYMOUS

The first meeting is mandatory. Your spot will be given to another applicant if you cannot attend the first meeting.

ON MAY 13, 2013 AT 5:35 PM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

when will we find out whether we go in or not?

ON MAY 14, 2013 AT 2:36 PM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ANONYMOUS:

Candidates selected for the 2013-2014 Youth Leadership Team will be notified by phone before June 14th. All other candidates will be notified by mail in the following weeks.

ON MAY 12, 2013 AT 11:51 PM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

My friend heard about this last week, and just got the application. Will her application still be considered if she mails it on Tuesday? She has to get her recommendation tomorrow.

ON MAY 13, 2013 AT 9:46 AM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ANYONYMOUS:

The application will be accepted if it is postmarked by May 14th. However, to make sure we have everything in plenty of time, we would prefer that you scan and email your application to admin@stayteen.org.

ON MAY 12, 2013 AT 10:34 PM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

When will we find out who has been chosen to be in the YLT?

ON MAY 13, 2013 AT 9:38 AM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ ANONYMOUS:

 

Selected candidates for the 2013-2014 Youth Leadership Team will be notified by phone before June 14th. All other candidates will be notified by mail in the following weeks.

ON MAY 11, 2013 AT 9:17 PM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

When will we know if we are accepted or not?

ON MAY 13, 2013 AT 9:38 AM, STAY TEEN SAID:

 

@ ANONYMOUS:

Selected candidates for the 2013-2014 Youth Leadership Team will be notified by phone before June 14th. All other candidates will be notified by mail in the following weeks.

ON MAY 9, 2013 AT 6:57 PM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

Will my application be accepted if it's mailed and scheduled to arrive on May 14th?

ON MAY 10, 2013 AT 10:38 AM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ANONYMOUS:

Yes.

ON MAY 5, 2013 AT 5:54 PM, DARRENLYN SAID:

I'm so excited! I just got this application 10 minutes ago and all I need now is my reference. I can't wait to send this in! This organization is so fantastic. I hope I get accepted. I'm gonna tell my friends about it. I hope they apply too.

ON MAY 1, 2013 AT 4:18 PM, LUCY SAID:

If I am home schooled am I still eligible to be a part of the Youth Leadership Team?

ON MAY 7, 2013 AT 4:57 PM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ LUCY:

 

It doesn’t matter if you are home schooled, attend private, public, or charter school. As long as you meet the age requirements you are eligible for the team.

ON APRIL 26, 2013 AT 11:10 AM, BREANNA SAID:

i am currently writing my blog for my application to YLT. May i ask your opinions on abortion?

ON APRIL 26, 2013 AT 1:26 PM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@BREANNA:

We are a prevention organization and do not take a position on abortion. We believe in giving teens the information and tools they need to prevent pregnancy.

ON APRIL 24, 2013 AT 6:08 PM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

I've noticed that you talk a lot about shows with a focus on teen pregnancy like 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom, and The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Will it hurt my chances to be a part of the Youth Leadership Team if I do not keep up with those shows/they aren't my favorite?

ON APRIL 26, 2013 AT 1:27 PM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ANONYMOUS:

Nope! We do talk a lot about pop culture and popular tv shows, but there is absolutely no requirement that you have to keep up with them like we do!

ON APRIL 18, 2013 AT 11:36 AM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

How Can You Sign Up? Is There Any Certain Policies, where can i get the application?

ON APRIL 22, 2013 AT 3:29 PM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ANONYMOUS:

The application is posted above:

YLT applicants must be 14-17 years old as of August 1, 2013 and have be recommended by an adult who is not related to you (like a teacher, friend of the family, coach, or youth advisor);you can download the application here: http://stayteen.org/sites/default/files/pdf/2013_ylt_application.pdf

ON APRIL 16, 2013 AT 8:23 PM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

I would love to join. But do not have the money to go to D.C . Is that provided ?

ON APRIL 17, 2013 AT 1:15 PM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ ANONYMOUS:

Your travel, lodging, and food for all trips to DC will be completely covered; souvenirs and extra stuff are your responsibility.

ON APRIL 14, 2013 AT 8:34 PM, ASHLEY BAKER SAID:

I was 16 after august and now I'm 17. Am I eligible to apply? And where can I find it?

ON APRIL 17, 2013 AT 1:13 PM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ ASHLEY BAKER:

You have to be 14-17 years old as of August 1, 2013--if you're going to be over 18 after August 1, you're not eligible to apply.  The application is available to download at the end of the story above!

ON APRIL 7, 2013 AT 8:46 PM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

what if we are going to turn 18 over summer and start college this fall, may we still join ??

ON APRIL 8, 2013 AT 11:50 AM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ ANONYMOUS:

You have to be 14-17 years old as of August 1, 2013--if you're going to be over 18 after August 1, you're not eligible to apply. 

ON APRIL 6, 2013 AT 1:45 PM, BELLS SAID:

What is we apply and then move? will that effect our standing as a member if we move during term?

ON APRIL 8, 2013 AT 2:34 PM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ BELLS:

As long as you're still living in the United States, you're good to go.

ON APRIL 5, 2013 AT 10:07 PM, LASHON SAID:

Where the meetings be held

ON APRIL 8, 2013 AT 11:55 AM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ LASHON:

Meetings are held in Washington DC at the headquarters of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.  

ON APRIL 4, 2013 AT 5:30 PM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

How long would you be at the camp?

ON APRIL 8, 2013 AT 11:53 AM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ANONYMOUS:

To clarify, this isn't camp. The YLT meets 3 times during its term and meetings are 2-3 days long, often over weekends to minimize missed school time, and are held in Washington DC at the headquarters of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.  

ON MARCH 30, 2013 AT 9:22 AM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

I really want to join! But what are your views on abortion? and how hard is it to be accepted into the program?

ON APRIL 8, 2013 AT 11:54 AM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ ANONYMOUS:

 

We are a prevention organization and do not take a position on abortion. We believe in giving teens the information and tools they need to prevent pregnancy.

We receive between 75-100 applications and accepted between 12-15 teens for each team.

ON MARCH 27, 2013 AT 9:39 PM, ALLIE SAID:

where do you have to live to join

ON MARCH 28, 2013 AT 4:28 PM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ ALLIE:

We select teens from across the country, so as long as you live in the United States you're ok to apply.

ON MARCH 24, 2013 AT 4:41 AM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

Is the program only in the summer

ON MARCH 25, 2013 AT 12:55 PM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ ANONYMOUS:

 

The first meeting is in the summer. The second and third meetings will be held during the spring and fall of 2014.

ON MARCH 23, 2013 AT 7:01 PM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

What if I can't make it to the first meeting?

ON MARCH 25, 2013 AT 12:56 PM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ ANONYMOUS:

The first meeting is mandatory; unfortunately, if you are unable to attend, you cannot join the YLT.

ON MARCH 21, 2013 AT 10:44 AM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

I thank its cool that you guys are helping,us out and letting us know that its okay to talk about or problems.THANK YOU :-)

ON MARCH 18, 2013 AT 9:06 PM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

Do you have to be in a certain state to do this and will it take off from school?

ON MARCH 19, 2013 AT 10:13 AM, STAY TEEN SAID:

@ ANONYMOUS:

 

You can be from anywhere in the United States. The first meeting is August 7-9, so depending on when your school district starts you might have to miss school.

ON MARCH 17, 2013 AT 10:57 PM, ANONYMOUS SAID:

I am not able to download the application to my computer, is there any way you can email it to me?

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