El Chicano Weekly (San Bernardino) (10.20.11) - Friday,
Hundreds of teenagers from 18 county high schools attended the
7th Annual Young Women's Health Conference at California State
University-San Bernardino on Oct. 15. The event, entitled "A
Day for Q&A," was hosted by Planned Parenthood of Orange and
San Bernardino Counties (PPOSBC) and the Santos Manuel Student
Union Women's Resource Center at CSUSB.
The young women took part in workshops on body image and
eating disorders; "sexting" and safety, which was offered this
year for the first time; and STDs and teen pregnancy. A
separate workshop was offered for the teens' parents,
educators, and caregivers.
As part of its Public Schools Project, PPOSBC audits high
school districts in the county to assess the sex education
curricula being offered. "What we have found is that schools
are providing sex education, but it's not comprehensive," said
Robert Armenia Jr., PPOSBC's vice president of community
affairs. "Teens are not getting the sexual education needed to
make wise decisions."
San Bernardino County has California's 10th-highest rate of
teenage pregnancy. The number of young women taking part in
the conference this year, more than 350, was the largest in
the event's history.