Glossary Terms


Adult allies are adults that help youth amplify their voices, involve young people meaningfully in every stage of a project/initiative, and are strong advocates for youth leadership. Adult allies share power and accountability with your, support youth ownership of ideas , and push aside any biases that may interfere with the youth-adult partnership.         

Black Girl Magic

A term used to illustrate the universal awesomeness of black women. Used to celebrate anything black girls/women deem dope, beautiful, inspiring, resilient, powerful and overall glorious about themselves. This term was originally coined by CaShawn Thompson

Gender Justice

Gender Justice is a movement to end homophobia and to create a world free from misogyny. As gender justice activists, we recognize that gender oppression is tied to classism, racism, ageism, and ableism, so gender justice can only truly be achieved when all forms of oppression cease to exist (Source: Third Wave Fund) 

Gender Pronouns (GP)

The practice of asking individuals what pronouns they use for themselves in an effort to respect the diversity of gender identities beyond man and woman. Examples: they/them/theirs; she/her/hers; he/him/his; ze/zer/zers

Design Thinking

is an innovation methodology that combines creative and analytical approaches, and requires collaboration across disciplines. This process requires 5 basic steps: empathize, define, ideate, prototype and test. In design thinking the problem is just as important as the solution. (Source: 


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Gender Non Conforming is a umbrella acronym for gender and sexual identities.

Reproductive Justice

Reproductive Justice (RJ) is a movement and framework that believes that all people should have the social, political, and economic power to make healthy decisions about their gender, bodies, sexuality, labor, and families for themselves and their communities. (Source: Strong families


Sex-positivity recognizes that sex practices extend beyond reproduction. These include but are not limited to creating personal pleasure, bonding interpersonal relationships, promoting spiritual growth, and enhancing emotional and physical health. A sex-positive lens acknowledges that everyone should have the freedom and resources to pursue a fulfilling and empowering sex life (Source: Foundation for Sex Positive Culture). 

Sexual Health 

"Sexual health is a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable an safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence." (Source: World Health Organization). 

Sexual Rights 

Sexual rights are human rights in which all people control and decide freely on matters related to their sexuality. Some conditions of sexual rights are that individuals are: free from violence, coercion of intimidation in their sexual lives; have access to sexual and reproductive health care information, education and services; and are protected from discrimination based on the exercise of their sexuality (Source: International Planned Parenthood Federation). 


An individual of highly developed and complex character that is dually fluent in the likes of trap music and urban culture as well as education, worldly views and experiences. 


Similar to traphisticated, a trap scholar is an individual currently in pursuit of higher education/ experience/ knowledge who is dually fluent in the likes of trap music and urban culture as well as education, worldly views and experiences. Additionally, a trapscholar is one who balances the responsibilities of their "scholarship" and their passion(s); they are hustlers, visionaries and goal-getters. Trap scholarship extends beyond the confines of academia. Trap scholarship recognizes the social issues affecting communities inside and outside of the "ivory tower" and incorporates visions and hopes for social change utilizing the skills and tools learned/ developed through lived experiences and academia. 


Acronym for Women of Color, People of Color

Youth-Adult Partnership

A youth-adult partnership happens when youth and adults plan, learn, and work together. in these partnerships both groups share an equal role in the decision-making process (Source: Advocates for youth). 


Intersectionality is a feminist sociological theory first "coined" by Kimberle Crenshaw. Intersectionality recognizes the multiple, overlapping and intersecting identities (i.e. race, class, gender, ability, age etc.) and related systems of oppression (i.e. racism, classism, sexism, ableism, ageism). Intersectionality is a methodology of studying how an individual can face multiple threats if discrimination when their identities overlap a number of minority classes, such as race, gender, age, ethnicity, health and other characteristics (Source: Care2).