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teenREACH

Real Education & Advocacy Changes Health

Four peer educators leading a condom demonstration for fellow teens pre- COVID-19. 

teenREACH is a diverse group of  high school teens who are committed to the health issues of their peers. Participants in the teenREACH program act as health ambassadors by providing health education and resources to their family, friends and communities.

Mission 

The mission of teenREACH is to create a safe space for young people of diverse backgrounds to come together around common issues and values, and then disseminate positive messages back to their own communities.

Our teens develop leadership and interpersonal skills to positively impact their health and the health of others. teenREACH provides teens with the necessary knowledge, leadership, and advocacy skills to take charge of their health and facilitate the changes they wish to see in their lives and in their communities.

A peer educator providing information about education programs to the community pre- COVID-19.

Read below about our program and learn more about the benefits of joining teenREACH, our goals, and the values we uphold throughout our education programs. Email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns. 

Upcoming Education Sessions

Check out the following education sessions! 

Sessions

For Additional Information or Questions

Please contact Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast’s Education Department by calling 713-831-6563 or emailing [email protected]

Goals
  • Provide vital health information to family, friends, and communities
  • Lift up the voices of teens advocating for just and humane sexual attitudes and policies
  • Strengthen peers' skills in comprehensive sexual health education & responsible decision-making
  • Develop leadership and advocacy skills to combat injustice and develop plans for collectively addressing challenges
  • Serve and support our community
Benefits
  • Develop leadership, public speaking, and advocacy skills
  • Become a sex-ed expert and leader among peers
  • Participate in fun social events
  • Experience meaningful mentorship
  • Secure a reference/recommendation letter or boost your resume for college and job applications
  • Earn community service hours
  • Enjoy gift cards, giveaways, and other incentives for active participation
Values

Inclusivity We embrace and respect diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, perspective, and all experiences.

Education We believe young people deserve to receive honest, accurate answers to their questions about sex and relationships without feeling shamed or judged.

Advocacy We fight for all people to have access to the inclusive, comprehensive sexual health education and sexual health care that everyone deserves.

Hear more from some of our teenREACH leaders! 

TeenREACH has been invaluable to my development as a person and activist. It is an amazing program that combines education and advocacy. I am so proud to be part of this wonderful community of passionate peers. - 12th grade TR member

TeenREACH has not only educated me; it has built my leadership skills and made me more responsible. There is a great community here, and I'm glad to be a part of it. - 10th grade TR member

TeenREACH is a program that's helped me learn more in depth about sex education in a welcoming, judgement-free environment! - 12th grade TR member

As someone who did not have access to sex ed in middle school nor currently in high school, teenREACH is giving me the opportunity to be educated. I would be stumbling into my future sex life like a chicken with its head cut off if it wasn't for all the medically accurate health information I've been armed with. Thank you, teenREACH! - 12th grade TR member

TeenREACH is a supportive community that helps with general comprehensive sex education. - 12th grade TR member

TeenREACH means so much to me because for the first time I knew there were adults that were ready to have the awkward conversations about my sexual and reproductive health and discuss questions or curiosities I may have. For the first time in my life, I was in a [Zoom] classroom filled with kids my age that were like-minded and eager to be there, all of us aware that this information being taught by an amazing and open educator would have an impact for the rest of our lives. - 12th grade TR member

TeenREACH has educated me in ways I will never forget. Don't be silly, wrap your willy. - 9th grade TR member