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Kelly McClure

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Kelly McClure - 2017 Winner
Position: Government Professional & Legislative Aide
Organization: House of Representatives
Current Location: United States, North America
Bachelor of Science from Cornell University
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Sociology of Health of Ethnic Minorities
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Generation-Indigenous Youth Fellow
    Awarding Organization:
    Center for Native American Youth
    Date Awarded:
    July 1, 2015
  • Award:
    Outstanding Youth Policy Advocate
    Awarding Organization:
    Two-Spirit ALLI
    Date Awarded:
    January 22, 2017
  • Award:
    Youth Delegate
    Awarding Organization:
    United Nations, Second Annual Youth Forum, at the 61st session on the Commission on the Status of Women
    Date Awarded:
    March 17, 2017
Kelly McClure is a reproductive rights advocate and government professional dedicated to increasing political awareness and engagement among millennials and underrepresented groups. She is currently a legislative aide in the Florida House of Representatives. Her work primarily focuses on training youth to advance reproductive rights through political and legislative processes. By mobilizing others, she hopes to facilitate greater societal participation around issues of family planning and reproductive justice. She is a graduate of Cornell University and has plans of continuing a career in public service.
Kelly uses her platform as a legislative aide to fight for women’s access to reproductive health services. Through our alliance, she has fought funding cuts and anti-choice legislation, which would have disproportionately impacted women of color. – Charo Valero, FL State Policy Director at National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
Kelly is leading the charge in destigmatizing family planning across Indian Country. Her work empowers native LGBT youth and women to reclaim their reproductive destiny, despite decades of forced sterilization and abuse of natives by health providers – Jonathan Windy Boy, Montana State Representative of House District 32 / Former Senator Emeritus at Montana State Senate, Montana State House of Representatives
Kelly continues to bring awareness and support for bills such as the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. Her work with this bill seeks to protect reproductive health centers and patients from intimidation, physical obstruction, and violence. – Amy Mercado, State Representative, Florida House of Representatives
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

In 2016 and 2017, I partnered with Planned Parenthood to draft and file legislation known as the FL Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. The bill makes it a crime to “intentionally injure, intimidate or interfere with patients and providers of reproductive health care services.” When it goes into effect, it will protect millions of patients who seek reproductive services in Florida every year. As an aide, I have also helped fight proposed laws that sought to limit funding or restrict access to reproductive rights and services.

Over the last 5 years I have also facilitated dozens of public policy and advocacy workshops to empower Native American youth with the tools to effectively petition government agencies and officials on policy issues surrounding reproductive justice.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

As recent as the 1960’s, thousands of indigenous women were subjected to forced sterilization by the U.S. Indian Health Services Program. This history of unethical treatment has directly contributed to the fears and stigmas many of my community members feel toward government entities and health providers to this day.

These past injustices have fueled my commitment to not only destigmatize topics such as contraception and planning, but to use public policy to prevent future abuses.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

As a young government professional, I have made it my mission to use my platform and institutional knowledge to help fellow youth participate in the legislative process. Every year, I recruit and train thousands of youth to plan lobbying events, organize political campaigns, provide testimony on reproductive issues before legislative committees, and provide internships.

Additionally, I use my position to secure policies that protect vulnerable patients and providers across Florida.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

Technology platforms have allowed me to connect with youth in remote locations worldwide. As a grant recipient, I would purchase a high-capacity laptop and software to create a free and easily accessible electronic 'Government 101' toolkit and platform for youth. It would allow me to expand my outreach exponentially and to begin working with more of my peers abroad. The goal would be to engage over 30,000 youth.

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