Since 2019, Your Empowered Sexuality (YES!) has partnered with Puentes de Salud to collaborate on a sexuality education program for elementary and middle school students and their families.
Puentes de Salud serves South Philadelphia students from Latinx immigrant families, primarily with roots in Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala. Their programs seek to address deep educational inequities such as systemic school underfunding, unequal language access, lack of relevant, engaging curricula, and other unmet needs.
As common for many Pennsylvania students, one particular unmet need is access to comprehensive, intersectional, and accurate sexuality education. By combining Puentes de Salud's expertise in their own community and YES!'s sexuality education offerings, we have provided hundreds of elementary and middle school students with weekly programming to meet this need, with workshops spanning topics such as consent, identity, sexuality, puberty, race, and gender; as well as monthly parent workshops.
Funding in recent years for this work has allowed YES! and Puentes to reach more participants, support additional age groups, hire more bilingual Latine facilitators, and further community leadership through stipended parent and student interns.
However, due to tightening grantor budgets, this year’s grant funding will be cut by at least $10,000 - about a third of the total funding for this program - leading to a temporary reduction in number of students and age groups served by the program. Help YES! close this funding gap and continue serving South Philadelphia students by donating today to support the program!
“These workshops are so important for my child because sometimes, as parents we don’t know how to talk about certain topics.” -Parent of a 5th grader
"Thank you for making us feel SO comfortable in the classes. Thank you for understanding us and listening to us." -5th Grade Student
"Thank you Isy for taking the time from your day to teach us about our body and how we should respect others" -7th Grade Student
"I used to get scared but now I know more and I won’t get that scared." -High School Student
1st Leah Budson $3,881 raised 11 donations
2nd Isy Abraham Raveson $2,550 raised 29 donations
3rd Jamie O'leary $200 raised 4 donations
4th Tess Benser $135 raised 4 donations
5th Katrina Luking $100 raised 1 donation
6th Abby Cox $100 raised 1 donation
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