Helping Los Angeles Youth Make Healthy Decisions And Access Care

submission by plannedparenthood
Helping Los Angeles Youth Make Healthy Decisions And Access Care

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA)

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


PPLA works to prevent unintended pregnancy, STIs and reproductive system cancers through a comprehensive range of health services and sexual health education while advocating for laws and policies that support access to quality education and care.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Now more than ever, PPLA is working to empower students to advocate for their own health by giving them the knowledge and skills to make positive decisions about their reproductive and sexual lives. We wrap around schools and communities through a multi-pronged approach that includes delivering an innovative classroom curriculum, teaching parents to effectively communicate, providing reproductive healthcare in schools, and training a cadre of dedicated high school student advocates.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

(e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County):

PPLA’s comprehensive work with high school-aged youth takes place primarily in South L.A. and Boyle Heights high schools.

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):


Impact decision making among teens.

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


Affordable reproductive health services and education remain out of reach for many teens in L.A. Pregnancy is the leading cause of high school dropout, and less than half of teens who give birth before the age of 18 graduate high school. Children born to teen parents are more likely to have poorer health, educational, and behavioral outcomes than children of older parents who planned their pregnancies.

In response, we are working with students, schools, and parents to ensure that the environment surrounding youth is supportive of healthy behaviors and choices. Our approach reduces rates of teen pregnancy, STIs, and reproductive system cancers while building a generation of confident and competent youth who are able to engage in conversations about consent, sexuality and gender, healthy relationships, and safe sex.

Our High School program includes the following elements:
-A 12-week classroom curriculum that addresses gender roles and power dynamics in relationships and emphasizes sexual rights, in addition to including content on anatomy, pregnancy, STIs, and contraception;
-Education workshops for parents on adolescent sexuality, teen pregnancy, STIs, healthy relationships, values, and parent-teen communication;
-An after-school Peer Advocates leadership program;
-Access to confidential and youth-friendly reproductive health services on school campuses.

Peer Advocates convene community events and conduct outreach in their schools through classroom presentations, lunch tabling, after-school outreach activities and community events. They have also harnessed the power of social media by creating original content designed to engage youth outside the classroom, including a Tumblr page called Keep It Real, Keep it 100 and videos on topics such as LGBT inclusivity, talking to your partner about getting tested, and the services available to youth at PPLA health clinics. As more youth turn to the internet to answer their questions about sexual and reproductive health, PPLA aims to provide accurate, inclusive, and culturally competent educational materials that appeal to teens.

Students participating in the Peer Advocates program gain valuable skills that translate into their personal and professional lives- they are trained to be leaders, communicators, activists, educators, innovators, and critical thinkers. Many of the Peer Advocates go on to continue their advocacy work in college and beyond.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


PPLA will work to increase knowledge related to reproductive health and wellness, family planning, the key elements of healthy family communication and the importance of seeking health services. The longer term goal of our program is to reduce the incidence of unintended pregnancy, STIs and reproductive system cancers. PPLA education staff utilize our Sex Education Knowledge System (SEKS) to track information on all of our educational and outreach presentations and visits. This data management system tracks the number of presentations, participants, educational contact hours, presenters, and sites. Pre and post-tests of the Peer Advocates program measure changes in attitudes and knowledge of program participants. PPLA has also contracted with the University of Southern California and the Public Health Institute to evaluate our multi-pronged education program. Researchers found significant results regarding changes in attitudes, knowledge and behaviors after program participation.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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by tiffanycreole
5 months ago

PPLA will use this gift to enhance the best health of people in Los Angeles

by PhyllisColman
5 months ago

PPLA in an important resource to the youth of Los Angeles through their programs, services and outreach geared to middle and high school students. They continue to expand their reach of quality services, working to improve the health and safety of the young men and women of Los Angeles. I'm happy to support PPLA in ALL of their efforts!

by jcapoot
5 months ago

This organization provides much needed services to both women and men.

by schurgin
5 months ago

Love this organization!

by Michelemarlene123
6 months ago

PPLA provides high quality and compassionate care for each person that comes to PPLA

by LynnGaines
6 months ago

PPLA provides high quality and compassionate care for each person that comes to PPLA :)

by luckie89
6 months ago

Planned Parenthood Los Angles is an incredibly important organization. The Community Education team does amazing work that helps improve the lives of the young people in our communities. I am so proud to support this organization and this proposal! Comprehensive sex ed SAVES LIVES! #StandWithPP

6 months ago

superb organization that provides critical healthcare for the LA area

by lloydarm
6 months ago

Great organization! Can't think of a more effective way to empower women and to break the cycle of poverty.

by theresabchase
6 months ago

Such an amazing program, run and made possible by even more amazing people! Will forever be grateful for all its done for me.

by Jose_Rodriguez
6 months ago

Planned Parenthood educates and empowers teens to make healthy choices. As a mother, and a grandmother, I Stand with Planned Parenthood!

by debbie413
6 months ago

Planned Parenthood LA helps people in our community make informed and empowered decisions about their sexual health. This is amazing and critically necessary work!

by Stacey.Capoot
6 months ago

I stand with planned parenthood and all they do. accurate age appropriate sex ed is a human right

by heleneig
6 months ago

Our entire society benefits when women are able to control their decision when to have children. Everyone benefits -- men, children and women!

by julesgold
6 months ago

20 health centers and 270,000 patient visits a year. What's not to love?

by Leesy
6 months ago

Happy to vote for an exceptionally worthy organization.

by Wrmandel
6 months ago

What an amazing program, and so important for Los Angeles - hooray for Planned Parenthood!

by juliahejl
6 months ago

Planned Parenthood is like Chipotle.... can't live without them! :)

by Cyberknight8610
6 months ago

Such an amazing program! I'm inspired by these teens!

by DZKathryn
6 months ago

So excited to vote for Planned Parenthood's important work!

by katietell
6 months ago

LOVE THESE YOUTH! So happy to support Planned Parenthood!

by epwasson
6 months ago

I stand with Planned Parenthood!!

by Kmottern
6 months ago

I love Planned Parenthood!! Wahoooo!

by thankyou
6 months ago

I stand with Planned Parenthood!

by Besslw
6 months ago

PPLA provides high quality and compassionate care to all Angelenos!

by mabby88
6 months ago

Planned Parenthood saves lives! Sex ed empowers teens to take control of their reproductive health care and to make smart, informed decisions.

by tasha17
6 months ago

Amazing program from an amazing organization! Go PPLA!!

by madison.miller.35
6 months ago

The work Planned Parenthood does with youth is vital to our community - so happy to support PPLA!

by amy.fierstein.9
6 months ago


by kcasan
6 months ago

Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is awesome!

by chelsea1088
6 months ago

THANK YOU for supporting us, our proposal, and the work that we do!!!!

by plannedparenthood
6 months ago

That's amazing to hear, Jose! Thank you!

by plannedparenthood
6 months ago

Thank you for your support and your vote, Debbie!!

by plannedparenthood
6 months ago

So are we, Kathryn!! They're pretty incredible!

by plannedparenthood
6 months ago

We're so excited to have your support!!!

by plannedparenthood
6 months ago

Thank you!!!

by plannedparenthood
6 months ago

We couldn't have said it better ourselves! Thank you so much for your support!

by plannedparenthood
6 months ago

Thank you!! We're happy to have your support :)

by plannedparenthood
6 months ago

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