May 20, 2014

Lund and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England Host Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month Event

Posted in Commentary, Events, Family Education, New Horizons Educational Program, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Outreach tagged , , , , , at 8:40 am by Lund

Friday night at Main Street Landing was bustling with people getting ready to watch Jennifer Newsom Siebel’s award winning film “Miss Representation” . There was popcorn, ice cream and …STI Twister?  This wasn’t just a film showing, it was an educational event in conjunction with National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month hosted by Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and Lund.  STI Twister was one of the activities the Planned Parenthood student peer educators developed to engage young people in learning about STI’s in a creative and fun way.   As well as this informative twist on a classic game, there was a condom line up, Name the Anatomy and plenty of chances to collect information aimed at young people about preventing unintended pregnancies.

“It’s so great to see young people engaged in learning about sexual health and to feel like they can take the opportunity to do so in a safe and supportive environment,” says Andrea Nicoletta of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. “While Vermont has one of the lowest teen pregnancy rates in the country, it’s still important for our young people to have the information and resources they need to make decisions when it comes to their reproductive health.  Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is committed to helping teens make good decisions and engage in healthy behavior. We work every day to reach teens with information about healthy relationships and sexuality, as well as the importance of protecting themselves against both unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.”

Nipu Coe and Morgan Wrigley from The National Campaign, Andrea Nicoletta from PPNNE and Laura May Ackley from Lund

Nipu Coe and Morgan Wrigley from The National Campaign, Andrea Nicoletta from PPNNE and Laura May Ackley from Lund

Miss Representation is a film about how women are presented in the media and the distinctly prejudiced way they are shown in films, TV shows, newcasts, the realm of politics and more.  The message of the film is that women must support other women in roles of leadership and power and those who consume media must challenge the prevalent model of seeing women primarily in terms of sexuality.  It was thought provoking and ultimately inspiring as it showcased women who have accomplished so much despite the drawbacks of patriarchal media.

Laura May Ackley, Lund’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Specialist, said, “For me this event was about educating and empowering youth which we achieved by educating young people who attended with factual information on birth control methods, STI’s and general sexual health in a fun interactive way.  The film, ‘Miss Representation’ brings up issues that we are faced with every day and for social change to take place we have to start by educating, and the best place to start this education is with young people.”

The event was also attended by Nipunika Coe and Morgan Wrigley, Youth Leaders  from The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.  They are both high school seniors from Vermont who are part of a team of 18 young people nationwide who work with The National Campaign to provide an accurate perspective on their work.  They spoke about the discussions that they have been having in Montpelier and in Washington D.C.  on pregnancy prevention.  They also encouraged the other young people in the audience to get involved and to stay informed about the choices

Many thanks to everyone who came to this event and to our sponsors Main Street Landing,, UVM, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Burton Snowboards, The Skinny Pancake, The Peace and Justice Store, Ben and Jerry’s and Hannaford’s Supermarkets.




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