My work in family planning began in the Peace Corps when I worked to train and support adolescent peer educators. From this inspiration, I have focused my career on improving the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents, and in particular ensuring adolescents have the right and opportunity to choose when and if to have a child. I have provided technical assistance in the design and implementation of contraception programs focused on adolescents and youth in over ten countries, and worked with young people and other partners to advocate for supportive policies for adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health as a co-chair of the Youth Health and Rights Coalition.
Partnering with and working along side adolescents and youth in the Peace Corps, I saw firsthand the importance that access to contraception can make in the lives of young women and men. It gives young people the choice of when and if to have a child, allowing them to finish school or get a job or find a partner they want to have children with. Very few things can fundamentally alter the life of a young person than access to contraception.