Press Release From Planned Parenthood
WACO, TX — Texas has one of the highest teen birth rates in the U.S. and, today, 1 in 4 teen girls is infected with a sexually transmitted disease. Information about sex is everywhere—on the TV and radio, and now through the internet and texting. To help encourage abstinence, provide age appropriate health information, and reduce the rate of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in Texas, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas is expanding its education programs in the Waco area, including a new format for its annual Nobody’s Fool® sex education program and an entirely new Talk First! program for parents in Waco.
Now in its 24th year, Nobody’s Fool® is a nationally recognized comprehensive sex education program for young people that encourages abstinence, promotes parent-child communication, and delivers medically accurate and age-appropriate information about sexuality. Nobody’s Fool® empowers youth, providing them with factual information so that they can make smart decisions, stay healthy throughout their lives, and talk openly with their parents about sexuality. Workshops focus on important subjects relevant to young teens and pre-teens: puberty, dating, relationships, avoiding peer pressure, postponing sexual activity; and preventing sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. In its new format, Nobody’s Fool® educators will provide workshops year-round and upon request at locations across the Waco area.
“We’re proud to be expanding our education programs in the Waco area,” said Ken S. Lambrecht, President & CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. “By offering these programs year-round and meeting participants where they are at—including in private homes, churches, synagogues and community centers—we hope to reach even more parents and young people, to provide medically accurate and age-appropriate information to help keep our young people safe and healthy.”
Talk First!, or ¡Hable Primero! in Spanish, is an innovative education program for parents. The program consists of workshops to provide parents with the tools and resources to start having conversations about sexuality with their children to keep them safe and healthy. Because young people who talk with their parents about sex are more likely to postpone having sex and make healthier decisions about sexual behavior, our parent education program is an effort to increase communication between parents and youth. Talk First! has been successful in improving parents’ knowledge about sexual health issues, and increasing their likelihood to have discussions related to sexuality with their children.
“I cannot begin to put into words the incredible impact [Planned Parenthood] made on our parents who were able to attend our Talk First! meeting tonight,” said one Talk First! parent. “The messages were both sensitive and straightforward so that each of us was able to understand the value of talking with our children about all issues surrounding human sexuality with our own family’s value system in mind. [The presenter was] incredibly open and informative, helping all of us feel comfortable asking questions and sharing insights.”
All of Planned Parenthood’s education programs are facilitated by professional health educators who are trained to provide age-appropriate, evidence-based health education programs. Nobody’s Fool® and Talk First! workshops can be held in a range of settings, including private homes, churches, synagogues and community centers. Workshops are free and offered as a community service by Planned Parenthood, thanks to generous support from the community. To learn more about our education programs, visit www.ppgreatertx.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more than 75 years, Planned Parenthood has been Texas’ most trusted source of nonprofit reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas’ 28 health centers in Central and North Texas—including Austin, Corsicana, Dallas, Fort Worth, Paris, Tyler, Waco and surrounding communities—provided health care and health education to 128,000 Texans in 2012, including 29,000 cervical cancer screenings; 31,000 breast cancer screenings; and 105,000 tests and/or treatments for sexually transmitted infections.