Sex Ed: Empowering Oklahoma Teens

Posted by Rachel Meinke on 05/28/2018


May 2018

Happy Summer! This episode of The Living Room might be an uncomfortable topic for some - but it’s a topic that needs to be addressed with honesty and clarity.

Did you know that Oklahoma has the second highest teen birth rate in the nation and Oklahoma County has the highest number of teen births in the state? How do we get those numbers down? Through sexual education and parental education.

Our first guests are Laura Lang, CEO of Thrive, a sexual health collective for youth in Central Oklahoma that has set a goal to reduce the teen birth rate by one third by 2020 and Kathy Harms, Executive Director and Founder of Teen Empower. LISTEN NOW 

During the second half of our show we welcome Parent Promise Executive Director Sherry Fair and Program Supervisor Natalia Fernandez. Parent Promise offers teen parents and other struggling parents support with the ultimate goal of strengthening the family unitLISTEN NOW 

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