- Award:St. Vincent DePaul Senior Leadership AwardAwarding Organization:DePaul UniversityDate Awarded:June 14, 2001
- Award:Elected to Theta Chapter of Delta OmegaAwarding Organization:University of North Carolina at Chapel HillDate Awarded:May 1, 2010
As a founding member of Family Planning Voices, I've co-facilitated storytelling workshops in several countries and helped provide a platform for nearly 350 family planning clients, providers, donors, advocates, and implementers from more than 50 countries to tell their stories in their own words--and our work is far from done. Our goals were to shed light on the human stories behind the data; to strengthen the capacity of stakeholders around the world to tell their own compelling stories; and to to drive global momentum around the family planning movement and help build a stronger sense of community. An evaluation of FP Voices indicates that the initiative is positively impacting family planning knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy, and knowledge application among our global community.
When I was in 10th grade, 9 of my classmates were pregnant. Only much later when I became a mother myself did I begin to understand just how many challenges teen parents face. Giving girls, women, and couples the power to decide whether, when, and how often to become pregnant helps them chart the course of their own lives and their children's. Contraception is a simple preventative measure that can unlock health, education, economic opportunity, peace, and more. Everyone deserves access.
I will use the 120 Under 40 platform to expand the reach of of FP Voices by documenting and publishing the stories of 120 Under 40 winners and by sharing all of our stories and activities with the 120 Under 40 audience. The $1,000 would help us expand our capacity-strengthening activities to reach some of our most important stakeholders—youth—with in-person or virtual storytelling guidance, tools, and opportunities.