Everyday 18 Hoosier teens become pregnant. That’s an entire classroom of young people. This statistic frightened me as a child and continues to frighten me today. Broadly, children in single parent households have the odds stacked against them when it comes to teenage pregnancy, and one of the reasons why planned parenthood is so important is because there is a resource gap particularly for those in this situation. My mom is a single mother, and while I have resources, others in our situation might not, and that is my main motivator. THIS, is why I joined Teen Council a teen lead sexual health education program through PPINK, because I want to prevent as many teens as I can from having an unplanned pregnancy that could affect their education and their future. I want to prevent this for girls like myself, who are statistically more likely to become a teen mom because of the circumstances of their birth. I hope to prevent everyone who is capable of becoming pregnant from having a baby before they are ready due to lack of access to medically accurate and comprehensive sexual health information, something that should be taught in school, but isn’t. But, besides pregnancy prevention, I find that the educational work that planned parenthood does is essential to all youth who have questions. As a part of Teen Council, I would partake in facilitations at local Indianapolis High Schools. We would speak on a range of topics from consent to physical and sexual health. At facilitations there is always a box that gets passed around that allows students to put in anonymous questions so no one is singled out or embarrassed. At on particular facilitation, a student asked a question that shook me to my core. This student asked a question that indicated they probably had an STD. This student was 14. The fact that this student a) did not know if this was normal or not and b) had not told anyone, asked anyone, or seen a doctor for a very long time is what got me because, if we had not been there, I can’t say if that student would be okay today or not. I feel so glad that we were able to inform that student and help them get where they needed to be. It is shocking how dangerous a lack of this kind of information can be to a teen. Because of Planned Parenthood, I’ve been able to access the tools I need to get accurate information about healthY relationships and reproductive health care, as well as feel confident in connecting my peers with Planned Parenthood when they find themselves needing information or care. I feel confident in my knowledge about sexual health and wellness, but even in those times when I’m not sure I always feel certain I can find the answer with Planned Parenthood as such an accessible resource.