by Gricelda Loya, Palomas health promoters (promotoras)
On July 2, 2016, Juana Flores and I began presenting two workshops each week in healthy sexuality for adolescents of our community of Palomas. Topics include the prevention of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Right now, we have two groups of 13 adolescents each, both boys and girls–between 15 and 18 years of age. All of the students are very interested in learning about these issues and participate actively in the classes.
Goal of Healthy Sexuality Classes
Our goal for these classes is that young people who attend the workshops will help us spread the importance of making their actions more responsible. For example, they need to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases and from unwanted pregnancy, and use adequate contraception correctly.
With these classes we hope to reduce the number of pregnancies among adolescents in Palomas. This also will reduce the number of these children leaving school without graduating.