ASB 2010-2011 - “Safe Sex is Great Sex, Better Wear a Latex”: Exploring Teen Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues in Underserved Communities- Bay Area, CA

Basic Information
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ASB 2010-2011
Trip Name: 
“Safe Sex is Great Sex, Better Wear a Latex”: Exploring Teen Sexual and Reproductive Health Issues in Underserved Communities- Bay Area, CA
Trip Location: 
Bay Area, CA
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Trip Description: 

“Let’s Talk about Sex Baby!” These conversations are everywhere, from magazines and television, to the radio and your dorm rooms, but how do these messages affect young people. Shows like 16 & Pregnant, Teen Mom, and Degrassi provide a glimpse at what can happen when teens are unaware. This is an especially pressing issue in communities where resources regarding sexual and reproductive health are either unavailable or inaccessible. This Alternative Spring Break course and eventual week-long trip will explore topics such as reproductive justice, sexually transmitted infections, teen pregnancy, LGBTQ issues, and how they affect teens in underserved Bay Area neighborhoods. We will investigate the intersection of a variety of issues and also provide trip participants with the tools necessary to create change. A portion of this class will focus on the development of a teen health outreach or project that you will begin during Winter Quarter. This can be anything from a Stanford-based education project to a research paper, or community outreach initiative. Through this ASB we will also have the opportunity to hear from a variety of professors and physicians from the Stanford School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, who work directly with teens. Additionally, we will visit organizations that are making an active effort to diminish health disparities for youth in underprivileged communities.

Trip Leaders
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Mikaela Kelly

Hey Everyone! My name is Mikaela Kelly and I am currently a junior from Oakland, California. I am a Human Biology major with a concentration in Adolescent Health & Development. I am passionate about female empowerment, sexual health education, and juvenile justice. When not in my pre-med classes, you can find me at Vaden counseling for HIV*PACT, in a Stanford Black Premedical Organization meeting, or at the medical school volunteering with Arbor Free Clinic. Last year I participated in an Alternative Spring Break trip that highlighted health disparities in Los Angeles. As a result of that trip I see health as intricately intertwined with social justice. I gained so much from my ASB experience and I want to catalyze that same fervor for social action in someone else. Through my work with youth, I have witnessed a great deal of health disparities that I want to make the Stanford community aware of and interested in doing something about! I also love popcorn, camping, Law & Order: SVU, Gossip Girl, and bubble tea!

Mia Shaw

Hey y'all! My name is Mia Shaw, and I am currently a junior majoring in Human Biology, with a focus in Adolescent Health and Development.  A Santa Cruz native and pre-med student, I've always had a passion for adolescent health and medicine, particularly adolescent sexual health. Ever since I was a young girl, I have always felt that our teen years are one of the most fragile periods of our lives.  Therefore, I recognize the need for addressing the many problems that are negativity affecting our youth in the nation, particularly the problems that occur when teens are unaware of how to manage their reproductive health or how to observe safe sex practices.  On another note, I have been actively involved in Stanford's productions of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologue," acting in the show my freshmen year and working behind the scenes last year.  I am also currently a Peer Health Educator at West Lagunita. Outside of my medical endeavors, I am actively  involved in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as the Health Co-Chair, as well as an active artist in Stanford's Hip Hop Congress.