Hempstead, NY—In recognition of September’s National Week of Action: Sex Ed, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County’s 8 Teen Advocates Project (TAP) peer educators will campaign for comprehensive, medically-accurate sex education for teens in Nassau County. Their messaging campaign will take place on September 27th & 28th as a chalking event on the streets of Hempstead, on-line at Facebook and through text messaging.
Beginning next Sunday & Monday, September 27th & 28th, the TAP teens will initiate their text message and Facebook status campaign to address the need for comprehensive, medically-accurate sex education in the schools. They will be sending text message blasts similar to chain emails encouraging their peers to pass along the message, such as information on high teen pregnancy rates. In addition, they will launch a similar campaign on Facebook.
The TAP teens will continue their activism at Lincoln Park in Hempstead on Tuesday at 3:00, as they, along with students from Hempstead High School, will be chalking statistics about issues that affect teens and their health on the public sidewalks. On Thursday, October 1, another visibility event, this time using signage, will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Peninsula Blvd, near the Fulton Avenue intersection.
More than 700,000 teenagers in the United States will become pregnant this year alone, and half of all sexually active people will have a sexually transmitted infection by age 25.
Clearly, teens need to know how to make responsible decisions and stay healthy. The best way to help them is to give them comprehensive, medically accurate, age-appropriate sex education. Planned Parenthood of Nassau County is committed to ensuring that real sex education is provided in New York’s public schools, instead of dangerous, misleading abstinence-only programs.
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (PPNC) is one of more than 90 affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and operates 3 health centers in Nassau County. In 2008, PPNC provided services to more than 14,000 patients during 22,000 visits. We conducted 700 education workshops and street outreach to 27,000 teens and families, and mobilized approximately 6,000 advocates to protect reproductive health care rights. PPNC has served the community for 76 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