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After reading "Sex and the Future" (Feb. 11), a very informative article, I would like to provide some information about the state of education at the local Planned Parenthood in Eureka.

As a member of the local Planned Parenthood Board of Advocates, I know that during the 2014-2015 school year, Planned Parenthood's health educators provided education at 34 schools in the county, made 15 presentations at community organizations, and tabled at 17 events from Southern Humboldt to Hoopa to Del Norte County. During that school year, Spare Change, Planned Parenthood's teen troupe, did 12 performances and 10 peer education classroom teachings. In addition, Spare Change performed at the Del Norte Child Abuse Prevention Roundtable and did a community performance in Southern Humboldt. Spare Changers donated a total of 2,693 volunteer hours during the 2014-2015 school year.

In the fall of 2015, Planned Parenthood Northern California, the successor to Six Rivers Planned Parenthood in Humboldt County, received a three-year education grant for 2016 through 2018. This has allowed Planned Parenthood in Eureka to increase the size of the education team, which will help many more students in our area gain access to the information they need to make healthy and informed choices.

Planned Parenthood provides accurate information regarding sexuality, pregnancy, sexual abuse, gender identity and drug abuse, among other topics. This information is sorely needed by teens in our community to keep them safe during what is for some a very difficult time in their lives.

Judy Anderson, Eureka

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