Miami Herald (02.16.12) - Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Peacemakers Family Center held its second annual PlanBe rally
on Feb. 11 at a Miami Gardens church to focus on reducing teen
pregnancy and STDs in Miami-Dade County.
Retired Miami Heat NBA player Tim Hardaway participated in the
rally and advised the hundreds of teens that, in real life,
"You need to buy milk, clothes, wipes - you have to understand
that having fun comes with consequences." The father of three
continued, "It's about being healthy and not having diseases
and not getting pregnant."
Rally participant Freddelle Menard - a senior at William H.
Turner Technical Arts High School - reenacted a Maury Show
episode on television about teen moms struggling to verify
paternity. "Nowadays so many teens are promiscuous and end up
on shows like Maury or Jerry Springer," said Menard. "This is
a way to show them to focus mainly on education and what God
Founded by the Miami-based Trinity Church, Peacemakers
provides social service programs to disadvantaged local
residents. PlanBe regularly visits urban high schools,
educating students about HIV, safe sex and teen pregnancy
through a 16-lesson curriculum emphasizing abstinence, said
Crystal Agnew, director of the program, which aims aims to
reach 1,200 middle and high schools by 2016. PlanBe is
federally funded through a $4.9 million, five-year grant from
the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of
"We educate [students] on HIV prevention and the risks of
engaging in any kind of sexual activities," said Agnew. "It's
extremely important because Miami-Dade County has one of the
highest HIV rates in the country."