Young Advocate Program

Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Young Advocate Program provides the tools and training to help young women use their personal breast cancer experience to make a difference in their communities by raising awareness, further their understanding of the disease and advocate for others. This opportunity is geared toward women diagnosed with breast cancer before age 45 who live in the United States.

Young Advocates Group Photo

The most important thing [the training] taught me was that my place in this world is to be involved with education of and support for any young woman who has heard that crashing sentence: You have breast cancer.

After the training, Young Advocates are tasked with connecting others to LBBC through grassroots outreach within their community and completing two advocacy related activities within 1 year. In the past, Young Advocates have spoken at events in their communities, participated in research review boards, raised awareness of young women affected by breast cancer through blog posts and social media outreach, shared LBBC materials with healthcare providers and more.

The next Young Advocate Training will be held in the Summer of 2020. Stay tuned to this page for updates on application and recruitment. 

Questions? Contact: 
Becky Mastin, MPH
Program Coordinator, Outreach and Partnerships | 484-434-8318

What does the Young Advocate Program involve?

Participants accepted into the program will:

  • Participate in an in-person advocacy and outreach training, 10-15 hours
  • Attend an LBBC program or conference
  • Complete at least two individual activities in their community and connect at least one healthcare provider to LBBC within 1 year of completing the training
  • Work to connect others in their community to LBBC’s programs and services
  • Receive ongoing technical support from LBBC experts, advocacy leaders and peer support throughout the program

Who is eligible for the program?

  • Women diagnosed with breast cancer before age 45
  • Women living in the United States
  • We are seeking a diverse candidate pool, including
    • Applicants with an annual household gross income at 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or below
    • Applicants from all ethnic &  racial backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities
    • Women who are under 35 years old
    • Women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer in the last 3 years
    • Women who are living with metastatic breast cancer

What costs does the program cover?

  • Primary travel to the training, including airfare, train, bus or car (up to an announced maximum dollar amount)
  • Ground transportation from airport to hotel using a shared taxi or shuttle
  • A shared hotel room with another Young Advocate. Each participant will be assigned a roommate for the program
  • Conference fee waiver, if the training is held in conjunction with an LBBC conference

The program is designed to offset the cost of traveling to the Young Advocate training. It will NOT cover all your expenses.

What will I be responsible for paying for?

  • Any primary travel expenses not covered by the Young Advocate Program
  • Any additional travel-related expenses, such as luggage fees, flight change fees, travel insurance, etc.
  • Any hotel expenses not covered by the Young Advocate Program
  • Incidentals charged to your hotel room (including, but not limited to, room service, health club charges, gift shop charges)
  • Meals, snacks and beverages not included in training and program functions
  • Rental cars

How do I make my travel arrangements?

  • You are responsible for reserving your travel and making all necessary payments upfront. Young Advocates are reimbursed for their travel expenses after the training is complete
  • If accepted into the program, LBBC will reserve your shared hotel room and assign you a roommate
  • Program participants must share a standard hotel room or pay the cost difference for a single room