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What PPMM Education and Outreach Means to Teens
Two Silicon Valley teenagers, who we'll call “Amy” and “Michael,” recently sent letters thanking PPMM educators for coming to their schools and opening their eyes.
Michael wrote, “You made a very awkward topic for me much more comfortable.” Amy wrote, “I thought I already knew a good amount about STDs, but there was much I wasn't aware of. Never think that your efforts to teach us go unnoticed.”
Amy and Michael are among tens of thousands of young people who get the facts from PPMM education and outreach programs every year, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide these programs for everyone who needs them. Grant funding has disappeared in some of our service regions even as we have expanded into new counties, and the high demand for our programs continues.
PPMM must depend more than ever on private donations in order to keep essential education and outreach programs that have made a significant contribution to decreasing teen birth rates in California and helped stop the spread of STDs that have become epidemic in some parts of the area we serve.
The statistics show just how cost-effective these programs are. One classroom presentation at a middle school costs $50. One afternoon of after-school outreach for high school students costs $250. A full-day outreach program at a community college or vocational school costs $500. A five-session classroom education series for 350 eighth-grade students at a middle school costs $3,000.
Nevada's Street Outreach – which costs $2,500 for an entire month – is an example of the kind of innovative and effective education program that will no longer receive public financing and must depend on private funding in order to survive. It is crucial that programs like this not be allowed to disappear.
“A lot of patients we see haven't had a well woman exam in a very long time,” Joslyn said. “People are really glad we're here.”
A longtime donor to PPMM, she learned from her grandmother, one of the very few female obstetrician-gynecologists in the 1920s, the importance of supporting women's health care. When Sarah and her husband, who have no children, were making their estate plans they decided to make a bequest to PPMM. She said she is especially impressed by PPMM's education programs and wants to make sure they are funded into the future. “You look at a program like Teen Success, how it sets these girls on the right path and then you see all the ripple effects that has for everyone in the family,” she said. “That's the kind of impact that really lasts.”
Sarah wants to be sure that her commitment to Planned Parenthood and women's health also lasts after she's gone: “I know it's money that will be wisely spent.”