Youth Action Council (YAC)

If you are a high-school or college student, live in North Dakota, and want to get engaged in your community, this organization is for you.

We will meet once a month over Zoom. Outside of such meetings, we will offer projects, opportunities, seminars, and more that promote equality in North Dakota!

To join or learn more, email yac@ndwomen.org,

join our Google Classroom page with the code wyyisdm (you must use a personal email address),

or follow ndwn_yac on Instagram, TikTok, or Twitter!

 

What are we currently working on?

North Dakota, along with many other states in America, has a long way to go in terms of menstrual equity and equality. Our state still taxes menstrual products, often making them inaccessible to low-income people with periods. In our schools, periods are treated as something to be ashamed of. Students have to pay for the menstrual supplies in school bathrooms, or even go to the nurse's or counselor's office to obtain them. Sex Ed classes don't always cover relevant, accurate, and thorough information about menstration. In our classrooms and our culture, harmful stereotypes about periods and people with uteri are shockingly prevalent. 

It's high time that we ended menstrual inequity in North Dakota. Created by the YAC, the Period Project is aimed at taking a stand against the stigmas and injustices around menstration. This project will include a series of activities, fundraisers, awareness campaigns, and even rallies designed to make supplies and information accessible and put a stop to harmful stereotypes and prejudices.

Our Youth Action Council, partnered with Planned Parenthood North Central States, is incredibly excited to announce that the Period Project is kicking off with various Period Pack assembly days! Our next assembly day will take place on Saturday, October 30th. Please join us at the NDSU campus to help us put together pencil cases with menstrual supplies and more to distribute to menstruating people in need. Supplies such as tampons, pads, liners, pencil pouches/cases, mini bottles of lotion or hand sanitizer, new pairs of underwear, etc. are very much appreciated!

Where: Badlands Room in Memorial Union building on the NDSU campus; 1401 Administration Ave, Fargo ND 58501

When: Saturday, Octrober 30th from 1-3pm; stopy by anytime!

What to bring: If you are coming to help us assemble the period packs, nothing is required! Donations are always appreciated, of course -- anything from a single pad to a couple boxes of supplies would be wonderful. Also, this event will be Halloween themed, so feel free to wear a costume!
 

If you can't make the assembly day, but you still have supplies to donate, please drop them off at any of the following times and locations:

  • In front of the Planned Parenthood office at 624 Main Ave, Suite 2F in Fargo, ND 58102 during normal business hours on Monday-Friday
  • At the North Dakota Women's Network office at 1929 N Washington St Suite W in Bismarck -- if no one is there to collect your donations, there will be a labeled basket by the office to leave donations in

Or, to make monetary donations, please visit our Give Lively page!

 

If you want to join in our fight against period stigma and take a stand for menstrual equity, this is your chance! We ask for your donations and support in order to buy and assemble supplies. With any questions on how you can help, please email yac@ndwomen.org or call (701) 712-9600.