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Packard Foundation Hosting Youth Champions Incubator

  Collaborating with the Public Health Institute, the Packard Foundation launched a search last summer to identify 18- to 29-year-old professionals with a passion for sexual and reproductive health and rights and an innovative project idea with the potential to advance reproductive health issues.

It was a first for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation – the convening of young reproductive health advocates in Los Altos for a weeklong Youth Champions Initiative incubator last month.

Susan Packard Orr, chair of the Packard Foundation Board of Trustees, said the organization’s desire to support emerging leaders and its 50-year commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights – beginning with a grant to Planned Parenthood at the foundation’s first board meeting in 1964 – inspired the event.

“At the Packard Foundation, we believe that access to sexual and reproductive health and rights is a fundamental right,” said Tamara Kreinin, director of population and reproductive health programs at the Packard Foundation. “We also believe in the power of young people and in emerging leaders.”

Collaborating with the Public Health Institute, the Packard Foundation launched a search last summer to identify 18- to 29-year-old professionals with a passion for sexual and reproductive health and rights and an innovative project idea with the potential to advance reproductive health issues.

Project proposals ranged from increasing access to birth control in the U.S. to opening dialogue about sex and maternal health services in India.

 

Read the full article from the Los Altos Town Crier.

 

Photo shows delegates to the foundation-sponsored Youth Champions incubator.  Photo by Jerry Wang/Packard Foundation.

Originally published by Los Altos Town Crier


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