The Illinois Caucus For Adolescent Health (Icah) Is An
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The Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) is an organization that aims to empower youth and allies to transform public consciousness and capacity building within various systems (family, school, and healthcare) to support the sexual health, identities, and rights of youth through education, organization, and advocacy. ICAH offers sexuality education courses in varied facets. Through peer education, performance based education, adult sexuality education and adult ally training, ICAH utilizes its platform to reach people of all genders, races, ages, and more to administer comprehensive and supportive sexuality education workshops. Through advocacy and organizing, ICAH challenges systems and policies in place that violates young…show more content…
Working with ICAH I took a unique approach to advocacy work by collecting and analyzing data through storytelling. Young pregnant and parenting Chicago Public School (CPS) students shared their experiences of being pregnant and/or parenting in the school systems. They also shared their experiences with family, peers, and often strangers. These interviews were conducted prior to me joining the team, however my task was to transcribe the collected qualitative data while also drawing out common themes that resonated throughout. These will be used as recommendations for the Chicago Board of Education to challenge the Title IX policy that is not being upheld.
The transcription process was tedious. I was given seven interviews to listen to and transcribe. I knew I would not be able to get them through all as they varied in length from 25 minutes to 45 minutes. I was able to listen to all seven interviews and hear real life happenings of our youth. I transcribed two interviews and provided them with a brief thematic analysis drawn from both interviews. Though I was unable to complete the transcription of all seven interviews, I was able to listen and draw out commonalities and themes I heard. Examples of resounding themes included fear and/or uncertainty about the future, judgment, support system, and healthy/unhealthy relationships. In total I spent about 11-12 hours to