Young Advocate Program

Living Beyond Breast Cancer’s Young Advocate Program provides the tools and training to help young people 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 people diagnosed with breast cancer before age 45 who live in the United States and its territories.

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 people affected by breast cancer through blog posts and social media outreach, shared LBBC materials with healthcare providers and more.

The application for 2022 has closed. Applicants will be notified of their status by July 2022.

Questions? Contact: 
Jade Lleonart Adler
Community Engagement Coordinator
610-645-4570| [email protected]

What does the Young Advocate Program involve?

  • Attend live trainings on ALL the following days:
    • Saturday, August 27 – 12:00pm-4:00pm ET
    • Friday, September 16 – 12:00pm-4:00pm ET
    • Saturday, September 17 – 11:00am-1:30pm ET
    • Saturday, September 17 – 2:30pm-5:30pm ET
    • Sunday, September 18 – 11:00am-3:30pm ET
  • Self-paced learning:
    • Some aspects of the training include self-paced learning videos and reflection documents. These exercises are foundational to the training and you should expect to dedicate approximately 4 hours to completing them prior to training.
    • The self-paced learning must be completed between Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, September 11

Please note: You must attend all virtual sessions and complete the self-paced learning in order to be trained and activated as a Young Advocate.

The Young Advocate program is an introductory breast cancer advocacy program - it is not a one-on-one peer support program. If you are interested in one-on-one peer support, we recommend looking into LBBC’s Breast Cancer Helpline.

Who is eligible for the program?

  • People diagnosed with breast cancer before age 45
  • Applicants from all U.S. states and territories
  • We are seeking a diverse candidate pool, including:
    • Applicants from all income levels, include those 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
    • People who are under 35 years old
    • People who are living with metastatic breast cancer

Note: It is recommended that when you apply for the Young Advocate program, you are at least one year out from either an early stage or a metastatic breast cancer diagnosis.

Participants accepted into the program will:

  • Complete the entire training
  • 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

What resources will I need to successfully participate in the virtual training?

  • Full access to a computer or smart device - with video and microphone capabilities - for the full duration of training
  • High speed internet connection
  • Comfort with utilizing a virtual platform such as Zoom or Go-To Meetings