Across the nation, teen birth rates and rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among teens are unacceptably high. Texas currently has one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation, as well as one of the highest rates of repeat teen births.
Planned Parenthood employs a three-tiered strategy to help reduce teen pregnancy and STD rates in the communities we serve.
Young people who talk with their parents about sex are more likely to postpone having sex and make healthier decisions about sexual behavior. With the goal of educating parents and increasing parent-child communication to keep young people safe and healthy, Planned Parenthood has launched the Talk First! or ¡Hable Primero! bilingual parent education program. Talk First! has been successful in improving parents’ knowledge about sexual health issues, and increasing their likelihood to have discussions related to sexuality with their children. Talk First! has been held in a range of settings from private homes to churches and schools, and can be tailored for parents with children of any age
All of Planned Parenthood’s education programs are facilitated by professional health educators that are trained to provide age-appropriate, evidence-based health education programs in schools and community organizations. Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas provides health promotion and pregnancy prevention education to 13,455 teens and parents annually at public, private, and charter schools; vocational schools, colleges, and universities; probation and detention facilities; shelters; and youth serving organizations.
Planned Parenthood hosts several programs where students are educated and become experts on topics that are often not addressed in schools: peer pressure, STDs, dating violence, self-esteem, and pregnancy. These students, supervised by Planned Parenthood health educators, then perform peer-to-peer outreach on these issues. Programs include summer teen internship programs, theater performance activities, and conferences specifically designed for teens.
To learn more about our education and community outreach programs, contact a representative in your area:
- Austin - email@example.com or 512-485-0130 ext. 417
- North Texas – firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-882-1155 ext. 23236
- Waco – email@example.com or 254-492-1779
Para obtener más información acerca de nuestros programas educativos para la comunidad en español, contacte la educadora en salud bilingüe de Planned Parenthood a firstname.lastname@example.org o 512-485-0130 ext. 416.