EmP.O.W.E.R.ed SC - Parents

Parents/Caregivers

empowered SC parentsYoung people are facing higher teen birth and STI rates than in previous years. We’re here to help your family navigate trustworthy reproductive health services to ensure your teens have the best care and the best future. Trust in emP.O.W.E.R.ed SC to provide your family with the tools and resources that can enhance their health.

Your teen can make a difference.

Opportunities for teen ambassadors include:

Emerging Leaders

Is your teen/ young adult outgoing? Passionate about making a difference? Are you looking for ways to get your child involved in the community? This is the perfect opportunity for your family to make an impact that lasts. The Emerging Leaders Fellowship provides young adults with the knowledge, skills, and support to become agents of change in their communities through an 8-month program. The Emerging Leaders Fellowship is an opportunity for Orangeburg and Richland County youth, ages 15-22, to grow as leaders and advocates for increasing sexual and reproductive access in your community.

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Peer Ambassadors

Is your child a good teacher? Do they inspire others? Are they good event planners or take interest in completing projects? This is your chance to sign your child up to become a peer ambassador! Peer Ambassadors will learn about medically accurate age appropriate information that they will teach to their peers. They will learn and spread information about healthy relationships, contraceptive methods, abstinence, and how to reduce the chances of STDs and unintended pregnancy. Sign your child up today to make a difference for tomorrow!

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You can make a difference!

Are you interested in talking to your young person about love, sex, and relationships? We have opportunities available to help you prepare for the conversation.

  • Let's Talk Parties
  • Media Aware Parents

Email us at healthservices@factforward.org to learn ways to reach young in meaningful ways.

In your own words...

We polled parents in Richland and Orangeburg counties about the state of reproductive health.

Do you think the youth in your community are getting information on sex and reproductive health?

  • “No, information comes from community-based organizations and schools, but there is still a lot of confusion among young people on how STI’s are transmitted.”
  • “There has been a missed opportunity where we hold youth accountable, but don’t give them the proper information or consistently communicate it.”
  • “ Young people get a lot of their sexual health information online from sources that may or may not be medically accurate or age-appropriate.”

What information do you think parents or caregivers should know about this issue?

  • “Parents are gatekeepers, parents need to be educated first because they are decision-makers for healthcare for their children.”
  • “It takes a village. But information is not available and accessible for everyone in the community. That has to change.”

What gaps do you see in current approaches?

  • “Schools operate on “don’t ask don’t tell,” and you usually hear something once it's too late. Besides the health module on STIs/STDs, there are no preventative initiatives put in front of students.”
  • “Making this issue not just about teenage girls, including teen boys, not making it all about teen moms or putting all of the work on girls, including information on consent and healthy relationships.”

You can make a difference!

Are you interested in talking to your young person about love, sex, and relationships? We have opportunities available to help you prepare for the conversation.

  • Let's Talk Parties
  • Media Aware Parents

Email us at healthservices@factforward.org to learn ways to reach young in meaningful ways.

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