Non-profit

Advocates for Youth (AFY)

Website:

advocatesforyouth.org

Location:

WASHINGTON, DC

Tax ID:

52-1173590

Tax-Exempt Status:

501(c)(3)

Budget (2017):

Revenue: $8,725,476
Expenses: $7,151,764
Assets: $6,578,720

Formation:

1980

Type:

Sexual Health and LGBT Advocacy Group

President:

Debra Hauser

Advocates for Youth (AFY) is a left-of-center advocacy group that focus on topics such as youth sexual health, youth reproductive health, sexual violence, racial issues, and LGBT issues in both the United States and the “Global South,” a term referring to less economically developed nations. [1] A primary function of AFY is organizing activist groups, which focus on the aforementioned issues. [2]

Background

Advocates for Youth was founded in 1980 and established the International Clearinghouse on Adolescent Fertility—a distributor of information on childbearing in various languages—that same year. [3] AFY launched the Great American Condom Campaign in 2009 with the condom company Trojan to encourage condom use on college campuses. In 2012, AFY launched the 1 in 3 Campaign to advocate for expanded abortion and to train “emerging young leaders” in pro-abortion-rights advocacy. [4] AFY is one of the primary authors of the International Guidance on Sexuality Education, a support program published by UNICEF and UNESCO to help sex educators create curriculums. [5]

Funding

AFY receives grants from the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the James H. Clark Charitable Foundation. The Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation gave AFY a total of 8 grants to AFY from 2008 to 2016, totaling at $10,498,030. [6] In 2009, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation reported giving AFY $1,200,000. [7] The James H. Clark Foundation gave it $1,000,000 in 2009. [8]

In 2015, AFY had total revenues of $6,262,482, total expenditures of $7,321,378, and net assets of $4,400,067. [9] In 2016, AFY had total revenues of $8,725,476, total expenditures of $7,151,712, and net assets of $5,973,779. [10] In 2017, AFY had total revenues of $9,697,879, total expenditures of $7,801,341, and net assets of $7,870,317. [11]

Controversies

Oceanside Elementary Education

In 2018, the Oceanside Unified School District (OUSD) of San Diego County, California suspended use of an Advocates For Youth-produced sex education curriculum for Kindergarten through sixth grade due to negative feedback from parents. [12] In one case, AFY taught middle school students that mutual masturbation posed no risk of a sexually transmitted infection, which a review determined “was not medically accurate.” [13]

OUSD parents were also not informed about the curriculum’s proposal, adoption, or implementation, despite a provision of California law stating that “parents and guardians have the ultimate responsibility for imparting values regarding human sexuality to their children.” [14] The Advocates For Youth curriculum included teaching that parents and faith leaders are biased in sexual information. [15]

Leadership

President

Debra Hauser has been president of AFY since January 2012. Before that, she was the executive vice president. She holds a Masters of Public Health in Population Planning and International Health from the University of Michigan. [16] She is also on the Board of Directors for the American Sexual Health Association. [17]

Board of Directors

Kimberly Hoover operates RED Multifamily Development and Allyson Capital, she is also chair of the Victory Fund, a left-of-center PAC. [18]

Julie Bernstein is the deputy director for program advocacy and communications within global policy and advocacy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. [19]

Carmen Berkley is a senior associate at the Civitas Public Affairs Group. [20]

Deborah Arrindell is the vice president of health policy at the American Sexual Health Association. [21]

Heather Smith is the film fund lead and a senior advisor at the OCE Foundation. [22]

Valerie Tarico is the co-founder of the Progress Alliance of Washington, the primary founder of WisdomCommons.org, co-chairs at Washington Women for Choice, and serves on the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest Board of Advocates. [23]

References

  1. “Our Legacy.” Advocates for Youth. Accessed May 23, 2019. https://advocatesforyouth.org/about/our-legacy/. ^
  2. “Debra Hauser.” Advocates for Youth. Accessed May 23, 2019. https://advocatesforyouth.org/about/our-team/debra-hauser/. ^
  3. “Our Legacy.” Advocates for Youth. Accessed May 23, 2019. https://advocatesforyouth.org/about/our-legacy/. ^
  4. “Our Legacy.” Advocates for Youth. Accessed May 23, 2019. https://advocatesforyouth.org/about/our-legacy/. ^
  5. “Our Legacy.” Advocates for Youth. Accessed May 23, 2019. https://advocatesforyouth.org/about/our-legacy/. ^
  6. Information provided by FoundationSearch. Advocates for Youth www.FoundationSearch.com ^
  7. Information provided by FoundationSearch. Advocates for Youth www.FoundationSearch.com ^
  8. Information provided by FoundationSearch. Advocates for Youth www.FoundationSearch.com ^
  9. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Advocates for Youth. 2015. ^
  10. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Advocates for Youth. 2016. ^
  11. Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (Form 990). Advocates for Youth. 2017. ^
  12. “Sign the Petition.” Change.org. Accessed May 28, 2019. https://www.change.org/p/replace-graphic-sexuality-education-curriculum-in-oceanside-unified-school-district-ousd. ^
  13. Bartl, Eric. “Advocates for Youth Gets the Boot.” Advocates for Youth Gets the Boot. June 25, 2018. Accessed May 28, 2019. https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2018/jun/25/stringers-advocates-youth-gets-boot/#. ^
  14. “Sign the Petition.” Change.org. Accessed May 28, 2019. https://www.change.org/p/replace-graphic-sexuality-education-curriculum-in-oceanside-unified-school-district-ousd. ^
  15. “Sign the Petition.” Change.org. Accessed May 28, 2019. https://www.change.org/p/replace-graphic-sexuality-education-curriculum-in-oceanside-unified-school-district-ousd. ^
  16. “Our Programs.” Advocates for Youth. Accessed May 23, 2019. https://advocatesforyouth.org/about/our-programs/. ^
  17. “ASHA Leadership.” American Sexual Health Association. Accessed May 23, 2019. http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/who-we-are/leadership/. ^
  18. “Hoover, Kimberly.” Revere Bank. Accessed May 23, 2019. https://www.reverebank.com/directory/kimberly-hoover/. ^
  19. “Julie Bernstein.” Women Deliver 2016. Accessed May 23, 2019. http://wd2016.org/speaker/julie-bernstein/. ^
  20. “Meet Carmen Berkley, Our New Colleague!” Civitas Public Affairs. March 11, 2019. Accessed May 23, 2019. http://civitaspublicaffairs.com/meet-carmen-berkley-new-colleague/. ^
  21. “ASHA Leadership.” American Sexual Health Association. Accessed May 23, 2019. http://www.ashasexualhealth.org/who-we-are/leadership/. ^
  22. “About OCE.” Our Children’s Earth Foundation. Accessed May 23, 2019. https://www.ocefoundation.org/about-us. ^
  23. Valerie Tarico. Accessed May 23, 2019. https://ieet.org/index.php/IEET2/bio/tarico/. ^

Directors, Employees & Supporters

  1. Heather Smith
    Board of Directors
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Nonprofit Information

  • Accounting Period: March - February
  • Tax Exemption Received: April 1, 1980

  • Available Filings

    Period Form Type Total revenue Total functional expenses Total assets (EOY) Total liabilities (EOY) Unrelated business income? Total contributions Program service revenue Investment income Comp. of current officers, directors, etc. Form 990
    2017 Mar Form 990 $8,725,476 $7,151,764 $6,578,720 $604,941 N $8,632,331 $76,648 $5,712 $384,608
    2016 Mar Form 990 $6,262,482 $7,321,378 $5,048,381 $648,314 N $6,069,728 $175,371 $6,904 $373,351 PDF
    2015 Mar Form 990 $5,942,390 $6,866,088 $6,269,202 $660,902 N $5,784,127 $143,476 $5,224 $335,703 PDF
    2014 Mar Form 990 $8,118,157 $5,621,340 $7,098,998 $567,000 N $7,972,627 $130,187 $4,212 $326,430 PDF
    2013 Mar Form 990 $4,321,886 $5,923,371 $4,673,237 $638,056 N $4,258,184 $43,743 $4,300 $302,416 PDF
    2012 Mar Form 990 $4,980,622 $5,821,092 $6,371,876 $735,210 N $4,870,251 $109,450 $6,876 $298,297 PDF

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    Advocates for Youth (AFY)

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