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 Advocates for Youth


Dear Dr. Piazza,

On behalf of the Board and staff of Advocates for Youth, thank you for your contribution. We are grateful for your support.

Your gift is a powerful reminder that, despite recent challenges, there are many people who share Advocates for Youth’s strongest conviction. This conviction is simply that, faced with the all-too-real threat of HIV and too-early childbearing, young people have the right to comprehensive, science-based information and services that can protect their reproductive and sexual health. We are determined to defend that right here in the United States irrespective of the political climate.

There certainly have been challenges as of late. But there is so much more to Advocates’ work than a litany of political obstacles and liabilities. I was reminded of this on my recent trip to Africa, where I met with the young leaders of our HIC/reproductive health programs in South Africa, Botswana, and Nigeria. The passion with which these young people pursue their work is best summed up by the chant of our colleagues at YOHO, a youth-driven NGO in Botswana: “The Spirit is Strong.”

And the strength of that youthful spirit is global. I have seen the same spirit in Galveston, Texas, that I’ve seen in Gaborone, Botswana. It has the power to change the world. And indeed, it is. Thank you again for being a part of this change. We look forward to keeping your updated on our work, and, as always, we welcome your comments or questions at any time.

With best wishes,

James Wagoner