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Teens Learn How to Make Smart Choices Using Technology

Published: 07.08.13| Updated: 07.08.13

CHARLEVOIX, Michigan Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) was awarded a grant from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation to incorporate iPad technology in education programming. The grant will allow PPWNM to create more iPad-based programs and to purchase new technology for Project Smart Choices.

Project Smart Choices provides evidence-based sexuality education programming to students ages 12-17 in Charlevoix County. The project provides the knowledge, skills, and support necessary to promote abstinence, prevent unhealthy relationships, unintended pregnancy, and sexually transmitted infections including HIV. Participant success is measured by pre and post knowledge tests, a role play rubric, and student feedback.

Utilizing iPad technology for Project Smart Choices will enable PPWNM to reach a wide variety of learners by incorporating visual, audio, and tactile learning styles in sexuality education programming by utilizing the technology that teens use every day. Emily Boyle, a Beaver Island Community School sophomore remarked, "This is one of my favorite classes. The iPad activities are a great idea!"

The grant, is currently being implemented in the middle schools and high schools throughout Charlevoix County. PPWNM serves Charlevoix County from its education office and health center located on 1003 Spring Street in Petoskey.

The Charlevoix County Community Foundation is a local charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all citizens of Charlevoix County by building permanent endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership resources to serve the community. More information about the Charlevoix County Community Foundation may be found at c3f.org or by calling (231) 536-2440.

More information about Project Smart Choices and Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan may be found at ppwnm.org or by calling (231) 929-2054 x253.

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Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan (PPWNM) provides sexual health care and sexuality education services, and advocates for access to these services for everyone. PPWNM, an affiliate of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, operates health centers in eight Michigan cities  Big Rapids, Grand Rapids, Ionia, Marquette, Muskegon, Petoskey, Traverse City, and Wyoming  providing medical and education services to thousands of women, men, and teenagers each year. Learn more: ppwnm.org.

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