Comprehensive, Factual Sex Education

When young people have access to sex education - and a safe place to ask sensitive questions - they make healthier, more responsible choices.

This year in education

This year in education

Teen Council

Teens listen to other teens – that’s the guiding idea behind our Teen Council program. Through Teen Council we train groups of young people to act as peer educators and sexual health resources in their communities and peer groups.

Family Programs

With the goal of fostering open and honest communication our family programs include lessons for both teens and parents, to help everyone get comfortable with talking about puberty and sexuality.

Classroom Presentations

Going beyond basics like puberty, pregnancy prevention, and STDs, our classroom presentations also cover the topics that teens face today, with lessons on dating violence, bullying, and consent.

Teen Outreach Program (TOP)®

Funded by a federal grant, the Teen Outreach Program serves teens in communities across the Northwest helping them gain skills to stay in school, avoid pregnancy and STDs, and get on a track to a happy, healthy future.​

Check out our teen council in action!

Check out our teen council in action!

And we know it works

The steadily dropping teen pregnancy rates in our communities testify to the effectiveness, and importance, of these programs.

Section 3.3_Pregnancy rates graph

Teen pregnancies per 1,000 women age 15-19
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The Teen Outreach Program® leaves an impression on students and communities

Community Service Learning (CSL) is one of the key components of the Teen Outreach Program (TOP). Students dedicate 20 hours throughout the school year to plan and implement meaningful community service projects. These students go beyond volunteering by leading projects to solve critical issues in their communities. Each step of the CSL process gives participants the opportunity to learn and apply life skills that tie into their academic, professional, and personal development. The students also gain recognition by the community as capable and powerful change-makers with valuable perspectives and resources.

Our student. Her story.

“In high school, I was a volunteer with Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council. I traveled to different schools in my community as an educator, reaching out to teens who had questions about birth control, sex, and STD prevention. With the intensive training that PPGNW provided I became an amazing resource for my fellow teens who could not get answers anywhere else. PPGNW provided honest education – and affordable birth control – to so many young men and women I knew in both high school and college. Today these individuals are better educated, safer, healthier, and more successful because of the help and services they received.

PPGNW shared different options and choices with them – and made them affordable. It helped them avoid becoming teen parents. PPGNW even taught some that abstinence was the best choice for them.

Because PPGNW gives young people options, they are better equipped to manage the difficulties that arise during adolescence, and adulthood. No other program is out there doing this work – no one else is reaching out to teens in the same way as Planned Parenthood.”

–Ariel, a former Teen Council member

Our student. Her story.

“In high school, I was a volunteer with Planned Parenthood’s Teen Council. I traveled to different schools in my community as an educator, reaching out to teens who had questions about birth control, sex, and STD prevention. With the intensive training that PPGNW provided I became an amazing resource for my fellow teens who could not get answers anywhere else. PPGNW provided honest education – and affordable birth control – to so many young men and women I knew in both high school and college. Today these individuals are better educated, safer, healthier, and more successful because of the help and services they received.

PPGNW shared different options and choices with them – and made them affordable. It helped them avoid becoming teen parents. PPGNW even taught some that abstinence was the best choice for them.

Because PPGNW gives young people options, they are better equipped to manage the difficulties that arise during adolescence, and adulthood. No other program is out there doing this work – no one else is reaching out to teens in the same way as Planned Parenthood.”

–Ariel, a former Teen Council member