Nika Norvila is a second generation Lithuanian- American. Nika grew up in New York City and received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Spanish from the State University of New York at Geneseo and her master’s degree in sociology, track in gender, sexuality and society from the University of Amsterdam. Her research focused on the intersections between human trafficking, sex work, female sexuality and women’s migration from Eastern Europe to the Netherlands. After completing her master’s degree, Nika contributed to the global sex worker-led movement at the Red Umbrella Fund in Amsterdam.
Nika worked as a sexuality educator at school-based health centers in NYC public middle and high schools. In this position, Nika facilitated HIV, STI and pregnancy prevention programming to youth, provided one-on-one reproductive and sexual health counseling, coordinated external youth development programming, and collaborated with the health center and school staff to ensure the health and wellbeing of all students. Nika conducted research on the link between teaching sexual pleasure and consent and communication, she presented these findings at the National Sex Ed Conference in April, 2019.
Nika managed two six month projects in Lithuania’s public sector to create meaningful change. Her second project, aimed at strengthening sexuality education, at the Youth Affairs Department under the Ministry of Social Security and Labor. Nika wrote a sexuality education practical guide, aimed at increasing the knowledge, skills and comfortable attitudes around sexuality topics of youth workers and other professionals working with youth across Lithuania. Nika continued to advocate for SRHR and managed several international funds and projects, when she joined the Youth Affairs Department’s team for five months.
Currently Nika is based in New York City and plans on pursuing a Master’s in Public Health in Health Policy and Management in the fall and plans on continuing to work in the sexuality education and SRHR field. Nika is still involved in SRHR projects in Lithuania, and just joined the Stories to Action team as a Fundraising Manager.