“Progress begins in a community oriented advocacy space, it always has.”
Portland based student, Lauren Metcalf, began facilitating projects with Youth Action Council in 2020 at Cleveland High School where she is in her junior year. This kickstarted her passion for advocacy work, leading her to be a Student Health Advocate in Oregon where she has participated in Advocacy Day and communicated with local legislators. She has also worked with Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council, a peer sex education collective where she provided outeach presentations and attended weekly educational meetings. Additionally she interns as a Youth Action Council member with her county’s health department, where she does recruitment, social media, and community outreach for student based health centers in order to make reproductive healthcare more accessible. Lauren strives to create an inclusive environment where youth voices are prioritized in social justice spaces.