On Wednesday June 18th, 2014, NARAL-NC, in partnership with El Pueblo, Sister Song, and Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!), hosted their first Reproductive Justice Summit in North Carolina. The event title: “Dig In, Plant Progress” is a testament to what took place there. Geared primarily towards youth advocates and activists between the ages of 18 and 22, #RJSummitNC’s goal was to emphasize the importance of approaching and practicing reproductive justice through multiple frameworks. Keynote speaker and executive director of SisterSong, Monica Simpson, opened up the event to amplify that point.
"It's not one conversation, it’s not even ten conversations, it may be a hundred conversations that connect young people to their parents and really help the young people accept their own parent’s perspectives on things."
In this STI Awareness Month interview, Dr. J. Dennis Fortenberry of the Indiana University School of Medicine explains why young people are especially vulnerable to STIs and covers the basics of effective sexual communications between parents and kids.