Young Invincibles has empowered young adults for over a decade; our network of youth community and student leaders numbers in the thousands. Young adults have proven time and time again that they will be the change past generations have hoped for. All we need to do is set them up for success. YI has embarked on a campaign to highlight the many alumni who have passed through our youth programs. Some now work as our colleagues and teammates, while others have been trailblazers at other institutions and programs. Some started their own campaigns to empower others. All around the world, YI alumni are doing wonderful work in service of the community.
Check out this month’s alumni highlight, Sierrah Chavis.
Throughout our National Youth Advisory Board program (NYAB), YI gathers and trains the next generation of local community leaders. Throughout the program, advocates learn how to tell their stories in an impactful manner, speak to elected officials, advocate for policy change, cultivate community, and pursue a policy they are passionate about, all while gaining transferable skills.
This month, we contacted former VA/DC NYAB graduate Sierrah Chavis to see what she’s up to. We asked her a couple of questions and asked if she had some wisdom to share with other advocates nationwide.
What are you up to now after your time in the NYAB?
I have started my own Non-Profit called Bossy Girl, Bossy Girl empowers women to support the next generation of girls who are aspiring to be leaders, CEOs, and entrepreneurs. By creating a sisterhood and network that will influence them through mentorship, leadership, scholarship, and service.
Got into Aspen University to begin my doctoral program.
Advocating for domestic violence victims.
Created a scholarship fund for single mothers who are pursuing higher education to give them access to business and entrepreneurship opportunities.
Received 100 Women to Know in America by The Know Magazine and J.P Morgan Chase.
Top 40 Under 40 Award, and the ACHI Award.
What is a skill you learned during the program?
Advocacy Skills: Learning how to advocate for student and youth-related issues and policies effectively.
Policy Awareness: Gaining a deeper understanding of national and local policies affecting young people.
Any advice for current and future advocates?
Advocacy is a powerful tool for driving positive change in society. Whether you are already engaged in advocacy work or considering becoming an advocate, key principles and advice can help you be effective in your efforts.
- Educate Yourself: Before advocating for any cause, take the time to research and understand the issue thoroughly. Knowledge is your strongest asset, empowering you to make informed arguments and proposals.
- Clarify Your Objectives: Define clear and achievable goals for your advocacy work. Knowing your goals will help you stay focused and measure your progress.
- Build Relationships: Advocacy often involves working with others, whether it’s forming coalitions, collaborating with organizations, or engaging with policymakers. Build strong relationships based on trust and shared goals.
- Effectively Communicate: Develop your communication skills, both written and verbal. Articulating your message clearly and persuasively is essential for advocacy success.