Is Your Organization "SRH-Ready"?
Planned Parenthood of New York City's Capacity-Building Assistance Program provides community organizations with information, skills-building opportunities, and educational materials to establish organizational environments that encourage education and referrals for sexual and reproductive health (SRH). These organizations are SRH-Ready.
Who Should Be SRH-Ready?
All types of youth- and adult-serving community organizations can become SRH-Ready. Community organizations often find that even though their mission isn't focused on providing SRH education or services, clients come to them with their sexual and reproductive health concerns. This is a good thing it means they trust you!
Staff may feel unprepared to respond, but by ignoring sexuality they miss out on an opportunity to address the entire person and to have clients feel nurtured by the organization. An SRH-Ready environment embraces a person's sexual and reproductive development and allows staff to discuss issues that are pertinent in their clients' lives. These issues include gender roles and expression, identity, body image, sexual activity, relationships, birth control, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections. Viewing clients' needs through the lens of the entire person helps to advance the overall organizational mission.
Our capacity-building assistance model was developed over a three-year partnership between PPNYC and the Partnership for Afterschool Education (PASE). PPNYC conducted tailored site-based capacity building to get afterschool programs SRH-Ready and trained more than 600 afterschool program providers. In the coming months, this website will offer a step-by-step best practices manual for building SRH-Ready afterschool environments.
If you're interested in learning more about how your agency can become SRH-Ready, contact Randa Dean, Director of Capacity Building, at [email protected] or 212-274-7265.