#YouthInAction: Reproductive Health Access Project (RHAP) • BRAVE NEW FILMS


– My parents didn’t really care about like
what sex education I was getting. I feel like a lot of teens in Tucson
can relate to that, especially teens who are Latinos. There’s a big taboo on sex ed, specifically
in the Latino community. The health classes, they kind of shamed people
for having sex as they only teach abstinence only. It’s been proven ineffective, it’s just
that Tucson and Arizona are behind. My name’s Emily Morel and I’m 17. I’m an intern at El Rio RHAP which stands
for Reproductive Health Access Project, and so I teach sex ed to teens. -My name is Miranda Escobar. I actually got started in RHAP in June 2017, which was when RHAP first started. So I was one of the first members. I was super excited to become
a part of something that is focused on helping young
people in the community. Here at El Rio RHAP we use the peer to peer
model to teach comprehensive sex ed. So we believe that since we’re teens,
that we can understand teens better than like adult teachers do. -The peer to peer comprehensive sex ed
component is a huge part of RHAP, which is where we as youth leaders come in. – When teens check into our walk-in clinic,
they see us. We follow through with a presentation. -So none of the methods discussed
so far protect from STI’s. That’s why using a condom every time
is really important. -We talk about sex ed, different
kinds of birth control, STI testing, pregnancy testing. If they want to be seen by a provider, they
can get any service they want. For free. Same day. And we also talk about consent
and what are healthy relationships, because we feel like that’s a big important
factor to comprehensive sex ed. – So here are some red flags of nonconsent. So they pressure you or guilt
you into doing things that you may not want to do. They make you feel like you owe them. They react negatively if you say no. – In our clinics, mostly girls come, and we want everyone to come because we feel like everyone needs
this information that we’re teaching. My brother, Daniel, he’s 15. He’s younger than me. One day I was like, you should come to the
clinic. – Because I’m a shy person, I feel like talking
to a large crowd of people is like not my go to thing. The best part of being with RHAP
and being an intern, is getting that courage to do things
that I wouldn’t have done. – I first found out about RHAP through my
friends. They saw an Instagram post, and they told
me about it. After I got involved as a patient, I was like, wow, like these are teens doing
this. Like, teens are gonna be real with you. They’re not gonna sugar coat anything. So I was like I really had to get involved
with this. So right now I’m volunteering. So we know that as of today, RHAP
has served over 4000 young people in the Tucson community. – There’s not really another program like
us that’s so beneficial to our community and
it shows. – Because of this group I’m always going to
want to be involved in education around these sensitive topics, and making sure that people’s lives aren’t
being put in danger because of misinformation.

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