Hempstead, NY—Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) and its Teen Advocate Project (TAP) were recognized by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Peninsula Section and Long Island Sections at the organizations’ “Making a Difference for Children” luncheon on May 5, 2010.
The National Council of Jewish Women is committed to improving the quality of life for women, children and families, and the agency frequently collaborates with Planned Parenthood in pursuit of this mission. Indeed, NCJW is a vocal partner in many of PPNC’s advocacy efforts to protect reproductive rights, support policies that promote access to health care and sexuality education, and speak out against anti-choice legislation.
Recognizing PPNC as not only a key organizer of pro-choice activism on Long Island, but also a leading provider of affordable family planning and reproductive health care, NCJW chose Planned Parenthood as one of two community coalition partners to honor at its annual luncheon.
Because the theme of the luncheon was children, NCJW highlighted the important work of PPNC’s Teen Advocate Project, Nassau County’s premier peer education program. Having reached more than 150,000 teenagers since its inception in 1984, the TAP peer educators give their peers the honest, factual information they need about everything from the benefits of abstinence, to different methods of birth control, to the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, to self-esteem and relationships.
The TAP teens are also passionate advocates for comprehensive sex education. They frequently host events and engage their peers in speaking out in support of this important issue. These efforts not only promote prevention and healthy decisions, but inspire a new generation of activists and leaders.
“I am so thrilled and honored that NCJW has chosen to spotlight PPNC and our Teen Advocate Project” said JoAnn D. Smith, President & CEO of PPNC. “We truly value our partnership with the National Council of Jewish Women, and we are especially proud of the work of the TAP teens to engage their peers in pro-choice advocacy. The TAP teens are a passionate and inspiring group of young people who are well-deserving of this recognition.”
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is one of 89 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates 3 health centers in Nassau County. In 2009, PPNC provided services to more than 13,000 patients during 26,000 visits. We conducted education workshops and street outreach to 32,000 teens and families, and mobilized approximately 5,500 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 77 years, and is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals to make responsible choices regarding their sexuality and sexual health. For more information about PPNC’s services and programs, visit www.ppnc.org.