(Brawley, CA) -Citing a lack of education for the high numbers of pregnant teens, and teens diagnosed with Chlamydia, Gonorrhea and Syphilis in the Imperial Valley, Rosa Diaz came and addressed the board of trustees with a plan her committee, along with Dr. Danielian, devised to counter the numbers.
Diaz said they organized parenting-community forums to be held at school. â€œWe will have a series of topics where we invite the students and their parents to come and ask questions and learn. Some of the topics Â these forums will address are the challenges of being a pregnant and parenting teen, Â internet safety, domestic violence, how to prevent an unwanted pregnancy, and facts about sexually transmitted diseases, to name a few.
They contacted several agencies who are willing to come and provide educational information.
â€œIâ€™m a single parent , I have two teen daughters in Brawley and as a social worker I see a high number of pregnant teens. I donâ€™t want my daughters to see teen pregnancy as a norm. I want the church and the community to come together. I want to know what they can do to provide better information.Â The purpose of these forums is to open the lines of communication between parents and teens. Â Iâ€™m not saying that Iâ€™m condoning this behavior, Iâ€™m saying we need to talk about it,â€ Diaz said.
Another goal is to inform teens of agencies that provide free information, free pregnancy testing, free STD testing, and other services important to teens.
â€œWe want to involve agencies to come into our schools, we want to invite churches, find out what do they offer such as support groups, education, or counseling. Â At these forums have plan to have available a church resource guide, many parents want to talk to kids but through their church,â€ Diaz explained to the board.
The committee is hoping to have a good response. If you are interested in attending the workshops or contributing to the forums, contact the school at 760-312-6095. All forums will be held at the BUHS Library at 6 pm starting October 2 and running one per month through April.
Permission slips are at the Family Resource Center and BUHS students will get community hours or detention credits for attending.