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- Planned Parenthood celebrated youth activism by rewarding two Indy teens with their 2010 Young Leader Award.
Two Indy teens received Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s (PPIN) 2010 Young Leader Award for the work they have done to promote sexual health and awareness in Indianapolis.
Simone Smith and Shy’anne Hatfield, both seniors, first became involved with PPIN in through their high school Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) program. The girls became deeply involved in the program and the efforts they have made on behalf of the program have not gone unnoticed.
Smith and Hatfield have been instrumental in the success of PPIN’s Y.E.S. Peer Education Program in Indianapolis. The two organized and led a viral marketing effort for PPIN’s Get Yourself Tested (GYT) promotion to encourage young adults to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). They were filmed getting tested and they shared their experiences on a video to help educate others.Â They also organized and led a Get Yourself Tested (GYT) viewing party to encourage young adults to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Additionally, the duo has received praise for their work with the “iKnow” text service which provides information to young people who are seeking guidance on pregnancy, sexual health or STDs. They assisted developing public service announcements and other educational materials for adolescents.
Smith and Hatfield were honored to be the recipients of the award and plan to continue their work with PPIN.