skip navigation

Advocacy with Youth: Examining the Empowerment Model and Ageism to Serve Youth Better


Working with young people who have been sexually assaulted can often be a daunting task for advocates and volunteers. Often, sexual assault advocates are tasked with "specializing" in so many areas of victimization, that it becomes overwhelming. How can one use the expertise that they already have to their benefit when working with young people? What barriers stand in the way of serving youth in a relevant and empowering way? In this webinar, participants will get an overview of what makes an organization youth "friendly", and youth competent. We will discuss how to prepare staff and volunteers to work with youth in-person and on the help line; how to make intakes culturally competent for youth; and how to screen new staff and volunteers to ensure that they are the best fit for serving all age groups. Throughout this training, we will break down common barriers and address any fears that you might have around working with these survivors.

Workshop Objectives: 
  • Be able to identify what strengths you/your agency already have that can be used to better serve youth.
  • Learn how to screen volunteers and staff to ensure an empowering experience for youth that seek services with your agency.
  • Identify personal barriers to serving youth effectively and specific methods to overcome those barriers.

Erin McCready

As an adult, Erin has spent the majority of her career working with young people, through volunteer work, in after school programs and as a sexual assault advocate and preventionist at an LGBTQ youth-serving organization in Pierce County, WA. More recently, Erin worked as the Training Specialist for the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, where she trained new advocates throughout Washington State and was able to collaborate on prevention projects as well as youth advocacy trainings. Erin has since been called to move to Northern California with her wife. She currently is working towards artistic dreams, while doing freelance training and writing about her experience with youth in the sexual assault field.

Recordings and Materials

Reviewed: September 22nd, 2017