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“Teen Reach has changed my life by inspiring me to take control of my sexuality and sex education. After learning about sexuality and the physical and emotional risks of sex, I went and got birth control, specifically the arm implant because I was taught that it has a high effective rate. This program also made me realize how unhealthy my partner and I’s behaviors were, which led to our mutual break up that has improved me as a person.”

-Alyse, 16, teenREACH Participant

One in three minors in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a partner. Only 33% of teens who are in a violent relationship ever tell anyone about the abuse. During this Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, our team of professional health educators at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast are in communities and schools working to make a difference in these dangerous statistics. With the appropriate tools and resources on what mutual respect and healthy relationships look like, dating abuse is preventable.

At Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, we believe that people of all ages have the right to comprehensive sexual health information, free from shame or stigma. Through interactive, medically accurate and age-appropriate education, we’re giving teens the resources to recognize and practice healthy sexual behaviors and relationships. By creating spaces to have open conversations about healthy relationships with our professional educators and trained peer health educators close to their age, we’re providing teens with the opportunity to take their health into their own hands and make positive, affirming decisions about sexual health.

This month (and every month!), our team is here to help you live your best, healthiest lives.

Read about our curriculum and peer education for youth, programs for parents, Latinx community outreach, and professional training.

To learn more about scheduling or participating in our education programs, contact the Education Department in your area.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Call 225-387-1167 ext. 6642 or email us

at [email protected]

Houston, Texas

Call 713-831-6563 or email us

at [email protected]

New Orleans, Louisiana

Call 504-897-9200 ext. 6647 or email us

at [email protected]

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