Apply to Join

Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA

by Women's Health Specialists
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Cultivating Young Women Leaders in Northern CA
Peer Educator Prevention Training
Peer Educator Prevention Training

Peer Education Works! 

In July, we held another successful Youth Peer Educator Prevention Training in Redding, California. Eight young women from various backgrounds were selected from the community to participate. Young women learned about the various forms of birth control methods, removing barriers to accessing services, STI/HIV transmission and prevention.  They engaged in activities and real conversations about sexual and reproductive health and learned how to have conversations with their peers and connect them to services. Through role play and group presentations participants had coversations that broke down the barriers most youth face with accessing services and developed an idea of healthy and positive responses. 

After reviewing our pre and post surveys as well as evaluations forms that were filled out the training was a huge success! These young women shared how much they appreciate WHS organization and opportunity to connect and have real conversations about sex. Each young woman had an opportunity to share a word that reflected how they felt after the training and those words included, excited, powerful, happy, fun, grateful, and strong. Many participants shared they would like to see more trainings like these happening in the community. 

Upon completing the Peer Prevention Training individuals were given the opportunity to continue their peer leadership and work with WHS. Five of the eight young women were selected to continue. So far these ladies have participated in on foot outreach connecting their peers to clinic services. These young women are taking on leadership roles of tabling at community events, co-presenting at community organizations and networking at local community gatherings. This program is providing an opportunity for young women to connect to their community, find their power and strength in themselves and share that with others.

We are excited to offer this unique project to young women in Northern California. These young women will be inspired to create a network of positive relationships and connections among youth peers, adults, local organizations and community groups. At the end of the project they will have gained confidence, the power they need to make alliances with women, reproductive health care information and become positive, productive forces in their communities.   

Peer Educator Prevention Training
Peer Educator Prevention Training
Peer Educator Co-Presenting at Education Session
Peer Educator Co-Presenting at Education Session
Peer Educators Tabling a College Event
Peer Educators Tabling a College Event
Peer Educators Clinic Escorting
Peer Educators Clinic Escorting
Peer Educator Networking with Community Leaders
Peer Educator Networking with Community Leaders
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

WHS Peer Outreach Workers have been " Rocking it in the Northstate". They have put on one more training for 15 to 19 year old youth with the theme"Knowledge is a Lifesaver". Continuing messages that encourage sexually active teens to access contraception; and to reduce the incidence of gonorrhea in Shasta County. Peer Outreach has been so successful, that Shasta County has gone from number two in the state, to number four, going down is a good thing.

Peer Outreach workers have partnered with Shasta College Campus Clubs, and organizations to get the word out that "Knowledge is a Lifesaver" at campus meetings and events. This has increased clinic visits for birth control information,STD information, services and testing in our community. WHS Outreach workers continue to have information booths at Shasta College events with much success.

WHS has outreached to the Shasta College Community Engagement Proram for Interns, for our 19 to 20 year olds for Peer Education Sessions this summer. There has been great response, and looking forward to working with these young adults.

Peer Outreach Workers have also been engage with our local Native American Youth in our community. Local Indians for Education (LIFE), located in Shasta Lake City has been very welcoming to our native youth that has been trained to put on their education sessions and train LIFE youth from their cultural perspective. WHS Peer Outreach have attended native youth events, education sessions, and family night events at the center.

Girls Inc.of Northern California requested peer outreach workers to attend "Vagina Monologues" theater events here in Redding and Redbluff. They had information tables at both events and shared information and services with all that attended. They had a Vagina Costume" and this broke the ice for may positive "Knowledge is a Lifersaver" conversations.

Our peer community outreach workers have also assisted in training session to get youth ready for a busy summer here in the Northstate. Information, ideas were shared where the best outreach places for young teens and young adults will be hanging out, and how to reach them. So, sharing WHS services, hours, and how services can be for free removes the barriers to reproductive health for all. Plus, continuing to have information tables at Shasta College for summer school classes increases outreach.

New Interns, and outreach workers continue to secort at WHS clinic and support client services. These young people continue to show their power and voice for positive change in their community.

Peer Outreach Workers continue to show that "Knowledge is a Lifesaver", to all young people in their community and beyond.


Attachments: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Recruitment Time For  Young Women Leaders in Northern California


Women’s Health Specialists of Redding California continues to work with our young women in our communities to spread the power of peer education. Reproductive health knowledge and life skills support young women to continue the need for building self-confidence and honing leadership abilities through this peer-based leadership program. Our past graduates have taken the lead with the support of Women’s Health Specialist to continue this education with their peers, friends, schools, education sessions, and community events. At this time our past graduates are recruiting 32 new young women to be enrolled in our next 4 training programs.

Young women 15 – 29 still receive 50% or less reproductive health services and education. With the Young women’s Leaders Training, this number will continue to decrease when these young women stretch their circle of knowledge, raise their voices and believe in their power for change.

Numerous graduates are now in the positions of Volunteer/Youth trainers at WHS Redding Clinic. These young women are working with interns from Shasta College. They are sharing the services for reproductive health care and beyond. Bringing in young women for tours of the clinic and meeting the staff, supporting them by learning escorting and advocating for women’s services. They are aware that their involvement helps to remove barriers for young women seeking services. These young women and 8 others are working on recruiting more young women by attending community events, education session and networking in their community.
These young women know what it takes to be a peer educator plus youth outreach worker. Young adults, choosing and training future leaders in their circle will make a huge difference in our community on all levels.
Graduates will continue to help with their input in updating peer outreach training manual, educating sessions, also work as co-educators.
These young women will continue to provide positive word-of-mouth information to their friends, peers, and family creating a trusted referral network while continuing to build leaders trained in Reproductive Health Education.
With on-going support these awesome young women will continue to educate, empower, and support a positive future in the field of reproductive health care for all women here in the United States and beyond.

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Monthly WHS Staff Meeting
Monthly WHS Staff Meeting

Cultivating Young Women Leaders of Northern California Success Story

 

Women’s Health Specialists of Redding continues to work with young women in our community. WHS wants to share a very special success story about one of these powerful young women that is making a difference on our community.

Ariel first became involved with Women’s Health Specialists as a student through Shasta College’s “Community Service Learning Program”. She became an intern at Women’s Health Specialists and found her passion. She attended one of our “Young Women Leaders Trainings”, her journey continued. She enrolled in a Gender Studies Class during her last year at Shasta College. Ariel made the decision to transfer to UC Santa Cruz to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in Feminist Studies, with an emphasis in Culture, Power and Representation. She also volunteered with the LGBT Center’s Q-Spot, a youth respite program.  Women’s Health Specialists staff kept in contact and gave support and input during this part of her journey.

Ariel moved back to Redding with passions and wiliness to make a difference here in her community. WHS was glad to have her back to help inspire and support other young women in Redding.

Ariel was accepted in Women’s Health Specialists “Peer Prevention Education Project”, and became an outstanding peer educator and outreach worker regarding, removing the barriers to reproductive health among her peers in our community. With emphasis on decreasing STI rates in Shasta County.

Ariel also began volunteering for NorCal OUTreach Program here in Redding and bought her newly learned knowledge back to our other peer educators, staff, and clients. Her involvement encouraged our other young women to become involved in many community events and education sessions.

Ariel, along with the support of her peers and WHS staff, continue to educate young women with knowledge and life skill tools.  Young women are continually supported to increase self-confidence and hone their leadership abilities.  Women’s Health Specialists in Redding had an opening for a new staff member and Ariel applied. She is now a Health Worker in training!

Women’s Health Specialist are planning on providing more” Young Women’s Leadership Trainings “after January 2017. Ariel, and other young women will continue to provide information to peers, friends, and community members with the message Educate, Empower, Lead, & Change.

With your on-going support these success stories will only grow. Young women will continue to educate, empower, and support a positive future in the field of reproductive health care for all.

Ariel is on the Left
Ariel is on the Left
Peer Educators
Peer Educators
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

It has been a very busy and successful summer for WHS Peer Outreach Workers! Two more training and education sessions were held for ongoing development and creating new messages that continue to encourage sexually active teens, 15 to 19 years of age to access contraception; and to reduce the incidence of gonorrhea in Shasta County. During this time frame, WHS Peer Outreach Workers from the ages 20 to 29 have also been trained to reach this age group in Shasta County.

WHS Peer Outreach workers maintain two-week records of all activities, locations, people and age groups reached, and information disseminated. Information is passed to Outreach Manager who records and stores information for each individual Peer Outreach Worker.Information  is tallied, compiled and submitted to Shata County Public Health at the end of each quarter.

Youth that were hired after the training sessions were made part of an information and education Advisory Group, to provide feedback on process: Group recommended that all peer outreach workers meet weekly and provide feedback from all events and outreach that were completed for the past week. ICE Breaker Exercise, and Role Plays, for on going education for outreach workers from 15 thru 29 years old. Youth Outreach Workers help plan weekly community events and outreach and schedule accordingly.

Number of referral to teen's ages 15 to 19 for contraceptive services: 185% of our target served.

Number of young people screened for Gonorrhea/Chlamydia from 15 - 29 age groups is 79% of our target as of this date.

Positive offered treatment and partners contacted and offered screening/treatment has been 100% of our target.

These Young Peer Outreach workers continue to show WHS and others that they continue to have the power and voice for positive change in their community! Peer Outreach Workers continue to inform, educate, and empower all young people in their community and beyond. Shasta County is on not going to be the  Number 2 county for GC/CZ outbreak in California much longer!


Attachments: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Women's Health Specialists

Location: Redding, CA - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @whs@cawhs
Project Leader:
Linda McCrea
Redding, CA United States
$24,095 raised of $30,800 goal
 
285 donations
$6,705 to go
Donate Now Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.