Developing Voices of Leadership in Rural America

Terry Young

Terry Young
Terry was born and raised in Arcadia, Louisiana. He’s been interested in politics and social justice since childhood. I hold a BA in Political Science from Grambling State University and an MPA from Louisiana State University.

Tell us a little about the rural community you live/work in.

My hometown of Acradia, Louisiana has approximately 2,019 citizens. The population is largely working class and the environment is friendly and family like. Despite its pastoral culture, Arcadia is severely lacking when it comes to reproductive health. The nearest abortion clinic is almost an hour away–making it difficult for women without adequate transportation to get there. Making matters worse, the ongoing attacks on reproductive liberty on the state level could eventually force it to close.

What are the pressing reproductive health issues you want to raise?

I plan on using the fellowship for several reasons. First, I plan to use it to hold elected officials from rural areas, regardless of party affiliation, accountable for choices they make regarding women’s health policy. Secondly, I want to help change the narrative about abortion within black communities. Finally, I want to use this platform to allow rural and/or low income women to tell their stories regarding reproductive health.

What’s your favorite book?

The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Soulja

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?

Amsterdam

What does your perfect day look like?

Great music, great food and great drinks with those I care most about.

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