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

Teens/Young Adults

EmpowerEd SC teensYoung adults (ages 15-21) in your community are facing high rates of unplanned pregnancies and STIs. You could become a part of a movement to improve sexual health for you, the friends you care about, and the community you’re growing up in.

Opportunities

Inspire your friends and make a lasting impact in one of these roles:

Emerging Leaders

Are you the outgoing one in your group? Passionate about making a difference? Looking for ways to get involved and build relationships with others in your area? This is the perfect opportunity for you to make a difference. The Emerging Leaders Fellowship will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and support to become agents of change in your communities through an 8-month program.This Fellowship is an opportunity for you to grow as a leader and advocate for increasing sexual and reproductive access in your community.

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Peer Ambassadors

Are you interested in teaching others? Enjoy planning fun events and projects that could promote our mission? Interested in a career in public health, education, or reproductive justice? This is your chance to make a difference in your community! Sign up to become a peer ambassador and help teenagers access medically accurate information about their bodies and sexual health.

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In your own words...

We surveyed teens in Orangeburg and Richland counties about local sexual health services.

What information needs to be included in an education program or initiative? 

  • “Information about birth control and pregnancy. The different diseases you can catch if you’re not having sex in the right way.”
  • “Using protection and what is the best method of protection. Education programs don’t really go into detail.”
  • “Self-confidence issues, and helping students become comfortable when they speak.”

In what ways are you actively involved in adolescent sexual and reproductive health?

  • “I talk to my parents and little brother and tell him about it because he is two years younger.”
  • “I read information about @empowered.sc and post things with information.”
  • “I tell my peers where they can get protection from for free.”

What gaps do you see in current approaches to teen pregnancy prevention? 

  • “Birth control. They don’t tell you all the different kinds or how they work, so you get on one and can gain weight and still get pregnant. I know my school (Richland 2), from 3rd grade up until sophomore now we learned parts of female, male, STDs, and pregnancy, but not data to tie it to.”
  • “Don’t really explain LGBTQ+ stuff.”
  • “Don’t be sexist, like a lot of people target women, but males can be just as educated.”
  •  “Were told not to do it instead of how to be safe before doing it."

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