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Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties (PPOSBC) Community Education and Outreach team is thrilled to announce their new interactive Puberty Program will launch in the Spring of 2023. Offered to parents and caregivers and their youth ages 8-10, this exciting workshop provides an opportunity to learn about and prepare for puberty together.

In this 2-hour program, participants will learn about the physical, emotional, and psychological development children undergo as they grow into young adults. The Puberty Program is designed to provide the tools parents and caregivers need to help them answer some of the more complex questions children have about puberty. Expert Health Educators will provide an in-depth overview of the changes that all bodies go through during puberty and will cover information about menstruation, nocturnal emissions, healthy hygiene practices, and other helpful puberty topics.

Parents and caregivers will be given the opportunity to discuss puberty topics one-on-one with their youth through guided questions and will be given helpful tips on how to show support for their growing youth. Reproductive health topics might be a challenge for some caregivers to discuss at home but PPOSBC’s workshop makes talking about these natural changes easy, fun, and interactive. 

If you are interested in hosting a puberty session for your group, please contact Faviola Mercado at [email protected].

Conversations about sexual and reproductive health can have a positive impact on young people’s lives, especially when these conversations are honest, open, and reoccurring. PPOSBC’s Puberty Program aims to provide a safe space for these conversations to take place to and to ensure young participants receive the important information they need to navigate the changes they will experience and to help alleviate some of the anxiety and uncertainty that can come with puberty. If you would like to contribute to this important work, please contact [email protected]. Your generous donation will help us continue these efforts and provide hygiene kits to participants in areas of high need.