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!

email yac@ndwomen.org

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 a Period Pack assembly day on September 12th! Please join us at the NDWN office 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: 1929 N Washington St Suite W (the North Dakota Women's Network office in Bismarck)

When: September 12th, anytime from 1:00pm - 3:00 pm

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!
 

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:

  • The NDWN office any time from 9:00am - 1:00pm on August 23rd, 24th, 30th, or 31st
  • The NDWN table at the notorious RVG tour in Bismarck (Aug 26, 11:00am - 1:00 pm)
  • The NDWN table at the notorious RVG tour in Jamestown (Aug 27, 11:00am - 1:00 pm)
  • The NDWN table at the notorious RVG tour in Valley City (Aug 27, 3:00pm - 5:00 pm)
  • The NDWN booth at Grand Forks Pride (Aug 28, 10:00am - 3:00pm)
  • The NDWN booth at Minot Pride (Sept 4, 10:00am - 3:00pm)
  • 624 Main Ave Suite 2F in Fargo 58103 from 10:00am - 3:00pm on Wednesdays and Fridays starting August 27th, or anytime during typical office hours for no-contact drop-offs

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.