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Planned Parenthood partners with Queens libraries to bring sex education out of the classroom and into the library. The partnership employs the library's traditional role as a source of information creating a safe space for today's teenagers to ask for support.
Photography © IPPF/Bill Kotsatos
When Gary Hawkins began working at the library he assumed he would help teenagers with their homework or use his experience as DJ G Money to encourage them to pursue an interest in music.
He discovered his duties were much broader when a teenage girl approached him for help. Her boyfriend had been arrested and she believed she was pregnant.
Mr Hawkins knew what to do. Providing a listening ear and support, he talked to her about the different types of health services available in the New York borough of Queens, referring her to counselling.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is a trusted provider of high quality affordable sexual and reproductive healthcare, an informed educator, a passionate advocate and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. It works with millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. With a 90-year heritage, PPFA is America’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care.