Adolescents & Communities Together (ACT)
The Latino community is burdened with higher rates of unplanned teen pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections among young people. Compared to non-Latino White youth, Latino youth were twice as likely to have used no method of contraception during last sexual intercourse and 35% more likely not to have used a condom.* Latino Network believes knowledge is power.
Adolescents and Communities Together (ACT) is a partnership between Multnomah County Health Department, Planned Parenthood of Columbia-Willamette, Self Enhancement Inc, Native American Youth and Family Center, and Boys and Girls Club. ACT uses an evidence-based curriculum, adapted to be culturally specific, teen pregnancy prevention program called "Making Proud Choices" that ensures young women and men have access to comprehensive, medically accurate information about health and sexuality.
ACT operates in five school districts: Portland, David Douglas, Parkrose, Centennial and Reynolds.
Contact Veronica Sunderland-Perez at (503) 283-6881 or Veronica@Latnet.org to learn more.
Latino Network thanks our partners and funders: Multnomah County Health Department through a federal grant from Health & Human Services, Self Enhancement Inc, Native American Youth and Family Center, Planned Parenthood of Columbia-Willamette, and Boys and Girls Club.
* 2013 Oregon Healthy Teen results for Multnomah County