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Geography: United States
PO Box 3952
New York, NY 10163
About the Pro-Choice Education Project (PEP)
The Pro-Choice Public Education Project (PEP) is dedicated to engaging young women on their terms around the critical issue of reproductive justice, and is guided by a Young Women's Leadership Council along with a team of dedicated staff.
PEP is a national reproductive justice organization that works to engage and inform organizations, young women, transgender and gender non-conforming young people, ages 16-25, especially those whose voices are not heard in spaces where sexual and reproductive health and rights are addressed. They do this through research, leadership development, movement building, and changing the conversation by raising unheard voices.
- Leadership Development: Through the Young Women's Leadership Council and Intern Program, PEP ensures that the interests and voices of young people are reflected in all of PEP's activities, including our research initiatives, messaging campaigns and movement building strategies. PEP's interns, in collaboration with the YWLC, guide the majority of our program work and represent PEP at national movement conferences. By elevating young people as leaders, PEP makes sure that issues like sex education, HIV/AIDS, and access to adequate health care for minors are taken seriously in policy discussions and other decision-making tables.
- Movement Building: PEP is working to build an inclusive and holistic reproductive justice movement. They do this by collaborating with reproductive justice organizations and other aligned movements so that young women, transgender, and gender non-conforming young people are at the center of the reproductive justice movement. Some of the coalitions and alliances that PEP is involved with are Expanding the Movement for Empowerment and Reproductive Justice (EMERJ), Training and Access Working Group, and Causes in Common.
- Changing the Conversation By Raising Unheard Voices: PEP works to raise the voices of young women of color, low-income young women, queer young people, and pregnant and parenting young people around their sexual and reproductive health and rights. Although these young people are disproportionately affected by laws and policies about access to health care, reproductive choices, and sexuality education, most of the people who create laws and policies are not young people. They accomplish this through online media (website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, regular columns on other websites), research (the RISE initiative), and trainings and presentations at various conferences, panels, advisory boards, and round tables.