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Empowering teens to organize and engage in social activism through a pro-period advocacy campaign.

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The Cycle Alliance will improve the ability of teens to engage in social activism by creating a pro-period advocacy campaign to raise awareness of people’s inability to purchase period hygiene products. Teens will do this by contacting their local leaders, using artwork to create advocacy buttons and fliers, and speaking with other established period advocates.

The Cycle Alliance will be a six-week series of workshops to empower teens and young adults, ages 12-25, to speak about issues surrounding menstruation without embarrassment and address period poverty by collecting donations of unopened boxes of menstrual hygiene products for those in need. This initiative will achieve this through education, advocacy, and community service. The initiative will culminate on National Menstruation Hygiene Day, May 28th, 2020. Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day or MHD) is observed annually on May 28. It aims to break menstrual taboos and raise awareness about the importance of menstrual hygiene management for women and adolescent girls worldwide.

Teens need extracurricular activities outside of an academic setting to discover new interests and untapped talents. Teens participating in Cycle Alliance will improve their ability to work in a group for a common goal; develop interpersonal communication skills; and build a new support system outside of school and home. Teens will learn to set and meet small goals every week, which is a skill they can apply to their lives outside of the library.

Desired Outcomes

Teen participants will feel empowered to advocate for a personal or a larger social cause. They will feel less embarrassed to discuss menstruation with their friends, family, and their community.

This proposal was prepared for the Central Library. 

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