We Believe in Centering
We take pride in the concept of intersectionality, a term coined by lawyer, civil rights advocate, and philosopher Kimberlé Crenshaw. This framework looks at how identities or circumstances merge through commonalities like race, gender, religion, ability, sexual identity, gender expression, skin tone, socio-economic status, and more. This concept allows the staff at YASÉ to teach from the most culturally sensitive and equitable perspectives as possible
Black, Queer, and Trans Voices
We work to combat myths that racism, fat phobia, transphobia, colorism, and other -isms and -phobias has taught our young people about their bodies and their ability to make informed decisions. YASÉ centers Black, Queer youth because we see unique needs among this population, and find it imperative to put them at the middle of how we create change. In our history of doing activism and community organizing work, we have learned that centering the most marginalized of us also pushes other groups who experience different forms of oppression forward in the process. Through this approach, we strive to help all youth create their own ideas about sex, and improving their sexual health by giving them the necessary tools to be ethical and action-oriented.
YASÉ is the space for youth to speak freely about sex and sexuality. It is also a space to learn the necessary facts to protect themselves and show up in a way that makes them and their loved ones feel seen. We are also a platform for parents to gain knowledge on how to talk with their children about sex and sexual identity in a way which fosters trust, confidence, and safety.