Lessons Learned From 7 Years of the Young Advocates Institute

An engaging discussion on creating a culture of consent starting with very young people, and how this can inspire social change and a new way of framing values, relationships, and sexuality. NCCASA’s Young Advocates Institute, a social justice summer camp that houses and trains 200 teens, ages 13-17, for a weekend of workshops on a college campus. Tracy will explore inclusive frameworks for promoting healthy relationships and healthy sexuality throughout the lifespan, and how both prevention educators and victim service providers can integrate this into their work in communities and with survivors.


Tracy D. Wright is the Technical Assistance Provider and Women of Color Leadership Project Coordinator with the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA) for the National Resource Sharing Project. Her current work provides technical assistance and training to 16 state and territorial sexual assault coalitions. In this capacity, Tracy works with national entities to create a coordinated response to ending sexual violence, addresses emerging issues and carves out initiatives specifically for women of color in the anti-sexual violence movement. In addition, Tracy is the supervisor on the North Carolina Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) Campus Equity Project, which provides entree to culturally affirming resources and guidance for eight (8) of North Carolina’s HBCUs and their responses to campus sexual assault. Ms. Wright holds a BA in Mass Communications from Shaw University and a Master’s of Science in Print Journalism from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She was also a graduate of the North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service Summer Institute and in 2010 participated in the America’s Leaders of Change Development Initiative, a competitive cohort of nonprofit leaders across the country sponsored by National Urban Fellows and Wal-Mart Foundation.  In her spare time, Tracy is a political handler for a Wake County Elected Official and project lead for the Young Advocates Institute, a service learning opportunity that houses and trains 200 youth, ages 13-17, over a weekend of prevention education and leadership development workshops.