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Name: Michaela

Pronouns: She/her/hers

Astrological Sign: Cancer Sun, Gemini Moon, and Sagittarius rising

Hobbies: Watching baseball! And…traveling, running, spending time with family and friends, and attending concerts!

Favorite Snack: Pickles! Or donuts! Who knows? It honestly depends on the day!

How did you become involved with Planned Parenthood?

I became involved with Planned Parenthood through my college! I go to Tulane University, which has the Feminist Summer Internship, in which students apply to different organizations, are interviewed, and are matched to a program. I was able to explore various organizations and luckily got matched with Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota Action Fund! 

Why is it vital for you to advocate for sexual and reproductive health care?

I must advocate for sexual and reproductive health care as it is vital for public health majors like myself. It ensures access to comprehensive services, education, and resources, empowering individuals to make informed choices, preventing unintended pregnancies, reducing STIs, promoting gender equality, and enhancing overall well-being. Such advocacy advances public health equity and social justice.

What does being an activist/advocate in your community mean to you?

Being an activist/advocate in a college community means actively promoting and fighting for causes and issues that matter, raising awareness, fostering dialogue, and inspiring positive change among students and faculty for a more inclusive and equitable environment.

What are you excited to learn as a Path to Power Intern this summer?

I am excited to learn this summer as a Path to Power Intern how Planned Parenthood often engages in community outreach programs to promote reproductive justice and provide clinical resources to underserved populations. As an intern, I can participate in outreach initiatives, such as organizing educational events, working with community partners, and raising awareness about Planned Parenthood's services.

What role do you think young people have in fighting for reproductive freedom and health equity?

Young people have historically been catalysts for both social and political change. They have the energy, passion, and idealism to challenge the status quo and push for progress. By actively engaging in advocacy, young people can mobilize their peers, raise awareness, and effect positive change in their communities.

What advice do you have for someone who wants to get involved in advocating for sexual and reproductive health care?

My advice for someone who wants to get involved in advocating for sexual and reproductive health care is to begin by familiarizing yourself with the key issues, policies, and current debates related to sexual and reproductive health care. It is essential to stay updated on relevant research, statistics, and advancements in the field, as this knowledge will serve as a foundation for advocacy efforts.


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