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The project, Social Media for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Access, and Justice, was funded by the Ford Foundation. In general, there are structural and social considerations that affect reproductive decision-making, including limited access to medical services and social stigma related to teen parenting. One of the objectives of this study is to raise awareness of these issues and motivate action to respond to them. The main goal, that lead to the development of the digital stories and survey results, is to stimulate youth development and implement an innovative use of digital technology promoting positive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes for Latina teens in Colorado.

The project, Social Media for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Access, and Justice, used digital storytelling, survey research and social media among Latino youth to achieve the following objectives:

(1) To facilitate awareness of and motivate action to respond to structural and social considerations that affect reproductive decision-making;

(2) To improve educational opportunities at the secondary, post-secondary and graduate level for low income, minority and/or first generation college and graduate students; and

(3) To enhance and sustain academic community partnerships to promote reproductive health.

Latina teen mothers were recruited and worked with social media experts and professors to build their own digital stories highlighting their lived experiences in relation to accessing medical services for sexual and reproductive health and accessing high quality secondary and post-secondary education. Latino youths completed surveys that had the purpose of quantifying and validating the experiences showcased in the digital stories. The survey looked to quantify the barriers and challenges that youths face in accessing both reproductive and educational services and the consequences and impact of limited access to these critical services. In 2013-2014, 26 videos were produced and 199 surveys were collected from Latino youths.

If you would like to find out more about the study, please contact the Latino Research and Policy Center at LRPC@ucdenver.edu.

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