This March marks the one year anniversary of Planned Parenthood Generation Action -- a movement of young people across identities and issues that organizes with, by, and for their generation on behalf of reproductive freedom.

This March marks the one year anniversary of Planned Parenthood Generation Action -- a movement of young people across identities and issues that organizes with, by, and for their generation on behalf of reproductive freedom.

In order to celebrate the success and impact of all of their efforts over the past year, Planned Parenthood Generation Action, or PP GenAction for short,  threw a Birthday Party with youth activists, organizers, artists, and staff at the Loft in Washington DC.

The event featured  an “Art for Sexual Liberation and Gender Justice” workshop held by renowned artist Favianna Rodriguez who helped guests create their own personalized art piece to bring home with them and a performance by artist and activist, Sonya Renee Taylor of her well known poem, “Speak!”

The party was to celebrate the many milestones and successes of PP GenAction’s last year including:

  • With campaign partners, they helped inspire over 12,500 young folks to pledge to vote, and over 1,000 to register register to vote across 28 states (ShowOUT to Vote, Summer & Fall 2014);

  • They trained 1,023 students in strategies to fight for reproductive freedom in 7 cities in 7 weeks (The Power Tour Summer 2014);

  • They co-hosted with Cosmopolitan magazine three events to inform college students about how pop culture and politics can impact their sex lives, and how to advocate for sexual health on campus; and

  • They now have a presence on over 250 college campuses and beyond.

To see photos from the party please see contact Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s media office at 212-261-4433 or [email protected].

Kelley Robinson, Associate Director of PP GenAction gave opening remarks, thanking the activists for a year of hard work and inspiration. She stated, “For all of us activists, we’ve all had that moment when a fire that we never knew was inside of us is ignited and forces us to stand up and demand change. Today marks that moment for us as a whole -- for Planned Parenthood Generation Action the movement -- and I couldn’t be more proud of the work you have all done. Being an activist isn’t easy, it requires long hours, tons of energy, and an undying dedication to the cause. I see that commitment reflected in all of the amazing work we were able to accomplish together this past year and I have never been more hopeful that the Planned Parenthood Generation will be the generation to achieve reproductive freedom for all.”

One of the many youth activists present, Brooke Baxa, also performed a poem based on her experience as a member of PP Gen Action.

To read more about Kelley Robinson’s own personal path to activism and her proudest moments in working with PP GenAction over the last year, check out her most recent blog post for the Huffington post here. Or to learn more about our various efforts working with PP GenAction groups across the country over this past year please see here.

To learn more about Planned Parenthood Generation Action and to see a list of all existing groups, please see here.  If you’d like to arrange an interview with Kelley Robinson or a youth activist member of Planned Parenthood Generation Action please contact Planned Parenthood Action Fund’s media office at [email protected] or 212-261-4433.