A multi-faceted approach to sustainable reproductive health education for young girls in Antigua, Guatemala Public Deposited

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  • April 27, 2022
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  • Curtis, Regan
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Studies
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  • Sexual health is one of the most relevant yet undertaught subjects in youth education. This project implemented an intervention strategy to teach healthy communication, contraception, and women’s empowerment to girls in Santa Maria, Guatemala while also interviewing community members about their views on these issues. By better understanding local attitudes, we are able to work with Guatemalan organizations in order to serve local communities. The program was planned in cooperation with a local nonprofit, De Casas a Hogares, run by a mix of Guatemalan and American citizens, in order to ensure the program met specific community needs with culture sensitivity. The program, called “Chicas Unidas," taught 25 girls in Escuela Kemna’Oj ages 10 through 17 during an eight week program. We also interviewed 50 local mothers as well all program participants about reproductive health and feedback on the program.
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