Youth Leadership Council

Healthy and Free Tennessee is proud to partner with Advocates for Youth’s 1 in 3 Campaign to counter attacks on health care and bodily autonomy here in our state and across the country. The jointly sponsored Youth Leadership Council explores and combats stigma and shame and how both create barriers to reproductive freedom in abortion access, sex education, HIV decriminalization, pregnancy and birthing options, LGBT identity, and all related repro freedom issues that youth know and experience.

Together we will speak out, build power, and bust stigma!

The council is made up of awesome young people between the ages of 18-24 who share about and engage in efforts to de-stigmatize abortion and reproductive/sexual life through story collecting and sharing. 

Youth Leadership Council Members will serve a one year term on the council and will be a key part of HFTN's ongoing organizing, advocacy and culture change work across the state. Council members will meet at least once monthly and will collaborate to plan and host creative educational stigma busting events and resources in their communities including opportunities for people to speak out and share abortion and repro life stories. Council members will receive trainings throughout the year provided by Advocates for Youth and Healthy and Free TN.

If you're interested in working with the council or presenting a training please let us know, or if you have any questions or want to help support the youth council in any way please contact Briana Perry at

Healthy and Free Tennessee's Youth Leadership Council is hosting a youth summit on reproductive health, rights, and justice for young people ages 15-25 in Memphis on July 7, 2018. Read more here and register HERE.


2017-2018 Youth Leadership Council: 


Kenzie Butera is originally from Nolensville, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville. She is currently a junior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga working towards a degree in Women's Studies and Entrepreneurship. Chattanooga is a beautiful place to hike, raft, trail run, etc., all things she really enjoys. Kenzie has many professional role models, but the first that comes to her mind is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Adichie is a feminist author and speaker who wrote a beautiful speech entitled "We Should All Be Feminists" which served as one of Kenzie's first interactions with feminism and inspired her to debunk myths about how the feminist movement is perceived. She aspires to be a social entrepreneur and venture capitalist. To achieve these goals, she is currently developing a sex education curriculum for her honors thesis which she plans to license out as well. She is developing two curriculums with the help of her mentors at The Company Lab in Chattanooga that address gender biases in the process of gaining capital investment. Kenzie is passionate about reproductive and abortion rights because she believes that women deserve to have control over their lives and their future.



Bailea Coleman is from Memphis and is a senior Anthropology and Spanish major at the University of Memphis. They were honored in 2017 with the Young Volunteer of the Year award from Planned Parenthood-Greater Memphis Region and served as an Advocacy Intern for three semesters. Bailea is a Patient Educator at CHOICES Memphis Center for Reproductive Health, is an abortion doula, and is in the process of completing certification as a birth doula through the Madriella Doula Network. They are currently serving as the Support Director for the Memphis Full Spectrum Doula Collective. Bailea's pronouns are they/them.





Terri Conley is a proud Memphis native. She recently received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Christian Brothers University. She is so excited to be a part of this year’s Healthy and Free Tennessee’s Youth Leadership Council. She is looking forward to working with like-minded people who are just as passionate about reproductive justice as well as the de-stigmatization of abortion. Terri also hopes to gain more knowledge in community organizing and continue to build stronger relationships through her work with Healthy and Free TN.






Milo Curd is 21 years old and is from Knoxville, Tennessee. He attends Full Sail University as a Music Engineering major. Milo is a youth ambassador for the Trans Empowerment Project in addition to being a member of the Youth Leadership Council. He is a passionate advocate for sexual health and reproductive rights and is excited to make a change and difference in his community and all around the world. 





Malik_Hollingsworth.pngMalik D. Hollingsworth was raised in Memphis, TN and is currently a 5th year senior at Vanderbilt University studying Women's and Gender Studies. He has been involved with sex education work on campus for 3 years, and he has come to love it and make it an integral part of his daily life.









Sydney_Kesler.jpgSydney Kesler was raised in Knoxville TN, but currently attends the University of Memphis as an African American Studies major. In her free time, Sydney boxes and enjoys going to listen to local Memphis musicians. She is a strong believer in grassroots organizing and moving the masses of people towards liberation. Sydney is so excited to be working towards bodily autonomy with Healthy and Free Tennessee’s Youth Leadership Council.







Shawn Reilly is in their final year of study at Vanderbilt University, where they will graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Organizational Development with a focus in mentorship and education. They have worked in youth development for several years, through organizations like the Oasis Center, the Pencil Foundation, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and most recently, Mr. Bond's Science Guys. After graduation, Reilly plans to pursue further degrees in education and youth development, with a focus on informal learning centers. They enjoy working and organizing with young people and for youth communities. They are on the youth advisory board of Youth+Tech Health, working to develop technological solutions to youth health problems. They also work as the National Field Organizer for The Change Project, an arts and advocacy organization working to elevate the voices of LGBTQI folks through art. Beyond young people and education, Reilly has a special interest in succulents and air plants, insects, bugs, games, graphic novels, and their two cats, Camus and Frankenstein.



Emilia Romero, a Social Work major, was born and raised in Knoxville. She loves sweet tea and believes most problems can be solved with a new pantsuit. Her calling is advocating for social justice, and her true passion is bringing accessible resources to low income urban and rural communities. Emilia is thrilled to be a part of this year's Healthy and Free Tennessee's Youth Leadership Council and making her young voice heard!






Internship Description and Requirements: 

YLC Description

Past Youth Leadership Council Members:

2016-2017 Cohort