This year I fulfilled my out-of-school service requirement by working with Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is a non-profit organization that works to promote affordable health care and sex education by providing reproductive and maternal health services to women, which includes cancer screening, HIV testing, contraception, and abortion. The organization is also very involved in the counciling aspect of health services as well as lobbying for health care rights and pro-choice legislation.
In the middle of the year I spent my Wednesday afternoons at Planned Parenthood NYC in Soho, exploring the different programs that PPFA (Planned Parenthood Federation of America) offers, completing exercises and worksheets for the organization, working with the staff for upcoming projects, and also learning new information about the increasing struggle for women of different cultures and different sexualities to get affordable, fair health care.
Overall, my service at Planned Parenthood was really rewarding because I was actively doing something that I cared about, and I will continue to do it in the years to come and hopefully form a strong relationship with the organization.