Lisa Garland

Lisa Garland - 2016 Nominee
Position: Community Health Educator
Organization: Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
Lisa Garland organizes and implements sexual health education programs for Middle and High School students called Teen Voices and Smart Girls. She also leads bilingual health workshops for parents. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I started my work in family planning as a peer educator at the age of 15. I have worked as a sexual health educator in North Carolina and NYC for more than 6 years. I mostly teach birth control, STI prevention, and healthy relationships workshops. I am currently the coordinator of two comprehensive sex education teen programs in North Carolina. I also manage an alumni group for the graduated teens.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion was ignited when I became a peer educator through Planned Parenthood's Teen Talk peer education program.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your family planning efforts, and what have you done to overcome it?

The biggest challenge is getting schools to let me conduct workshops or even let me recruit for teens. I find other ways to reach the teens and continue reaching out to different members of the school communities.

What is your (country/region/city)’s biggest challenge in family planning, and how can it be addressed?

Our biggest challenge is lack of comprehensive sex education in the schools. It can be addressed by having more professionals guest teach.

What do you want to accomplish in the next 5 years?

I hope to travel (and live) to central and south america and start a comprehensive sex education program and manage it.

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