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By Christopher W.
I am a Planned Parenthood of Southern New England STARS member currently in the eleventh grade. I use the power of the written word to spread knowledge and enlighten the masses.
A popular quote from the book The Great Gatsby states, “I hope she’ll be a fool. That’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” This was published in 1925. It is hard to believe that any progress in gender equality has been made when we compare this quote to the recent ad campaign released by United Nations Women.
Why is it that after years of progression throughout history, simple things such as gender equality still seem to be unobtainable in our present day society? In the UN Women ad campaign, Google searches were used to display how women are regarded by everyday users of the internet. If not to show the true obscenity of how women are depicted in society, this ad should prove that we need change. We have seen women in careers that were previously male dominant, but we still live in a culture that considers the appropriate work place of a women to be in a kitchen. We need to continue to take action to remove gender restrictions that have limited the ability of women.
Credit: Ad series for UN Women by Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai
People are people, whatever their parts. Because what really matters is inside of our hearts.
Talking about sex can sometimes be awkward. A lot of teens expect adults to react negatively or make assumptions. But you may be surprised at how happy they can be when you come to them to talk about sex, even if it’s a little uncomfortable. They care about you, and often give great advice and information about sex and relationships, and can support you and the decisions you make.
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STARS stands for Students Teaching About Responsible Sexuality. It is a peer education program offered by Planned Parenthood of Southern New England for high school students. STARS are responsible for sharing information about healthy sexuality and teen friendly-resources with other students and their community.
Those enrolled in the STARS program help educate their peers and their community by talking to them one-on-one. STARS learn about issues surrounding healthy sexuality such as decision-making, negotiation and communications skills; healthy relationships; gender and sexual identity; LGBTQ issues; how the human body works; and they are trained to answer questions about health, sexuality, decision-making, birth control, abstinence, and STI’s including HIV/AIDS.
Through joining STARS, you can help your friends and community stay healthy; meet other student leaders in your community; travel and meet other leaders from across the country; gain valuable experience to get a job or go to college; be part of the national Planned Parenthood Organization and receive free health services at local Planned Parenthood health centers.
In addition to developing leadership skills and gaining valuable experience, STARS receive a stipend per school year that is dependent upon attendance and active participation in STARS meetings and events. The stipend is given in 2 payments – 1 at the end of each semester.
Interested in becoming a future STARS Educator?
We search for high school students who are friendly, outgoing, and responsible. A STARS educator should be sensitive, open minded, a good listener, and a good communicator. They must be committed to educating their peers and helping the community.
- Go to a program area high school (PPSNE has STARS groups located in Bridgeport, CT; Hartford, CT; New Haven, CT; New London, CT; and Providence,RI)
- Have access to reliable transportation for all meetings and events
- Make STARS a priority above other extra-curricular activities
For more information about STARS, please email email@example.com