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Checking in with PPCWNY Programs

Western New York

  • Girls Circle with Unique Sisters is a biweekly program where we discuss the realities of alcohol, drugs, and sexuality. The girls examine and evaluate their choices through activities such as role playing, journal writing, affirmations, and much more. -Pelumi C., Outreach & Education Specialist
  • For the second year in a row, Annie M. has weekly office hours at Tapestry Charter School in Buffalo! Every Tuesday, for the entirety of the school day, she’s there to answer students’ questions, offer support, supply safer sex materials, and join classes to talk about topics such as PP services, minors’ rights, consent, healthy relationships, and more. -Annie M., Outreach & Education Specialist

The Connection (Niagara Falls)

Youth at The Connection, PPCWNY’s teen center in Niagara Falls, have recently participated in activities including baking sessions, a friendly gaming tournament, and a pumpkin carving contest. -Ray C., Health Education & Outreach Supervisor at The Connection

Families Talking Together (Buffalo)

FTT (Families Talking Together) is a parent-based intervention program designed to prevent and reduce sexual risk behavior among Latino and African American adolescents. The main component of the intervention is parent discussions meant to teach parents effective communication skills, build parent-adolescent relationships, and create successful monitoring strategies. The program can be delivered to individuals or in small group sessions, in a range of settings! -Ana L., Bilingual Outreach & Education Supervisor at Babeville

Teen Reality Theatre (Buffalo)

  • Teen Reality Theatre (TRT) and PPCWNY partnered with Second Generation Theatre and Ujima Theatre Company to work with professional actors involved with the musical production of The Color Purple. We had an amazing workshop where some of the cast came to speak with TRT and we were able to go and see the production and be a part of the talkback afterwards.
  • TRT has also been able to participate in multiple workshops with the Just Buffalo Writing Center and their youth-centered programming. We attended a workshop focusing on banned books at Reading Park outside of the Central Library on October 3. This gave youth an opportunity to explore books that have been banned all over the U.S. for a variety of reasons, read passages aloud to their peers, and write short letters to the authors or statements about why they feel these topics or others need to be discussed.
  • TRT has been engaging with the Just Buffalo Writing Center and Gay and Lesbian Youth Services to bring the community the PRISM workshops again this school year. These are monthly writing and education workshops that explore a variety of themes specific to the youth.

-Brooke G., Educator & TRT Producer

Syracuse

The Syracuse Education & Outreach Team has been teaching non-stop under the new Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) grant at area high schools and after-school programs. We are also present in the community at outreach events and through social media with Syracuse Sex Ed, and we offer education on Planned Parenthood Services to community members who reach out. -- Maria P., Outreach & Education Specialist

Rochester

In Control

  • Photography Program: Our teens are currently learning how to capture memories in a snapshot. Currently, they are focusing on how to adjust camera settings like shutter speed, F stop, aperture, and different backgrounds.
  • Fashion Design Program: After learning every feature of the sewing machine, our young designers got right to work. They recently created Christmas-inspired tops and bottoms just in time for the holiday!
  • In Control of You: This advocacy group gathers for “dinner and game night,” where they follow different recipes then play a game based on a monthly topic! 

-Davanique C., Health Education & Outreach Supervisor at In Control

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TRT participants and Brooke (TRT producer) in a theater holding up a "The Color Purple" playbill