Where We Are
Currently, we operate in 4 US cities (Washington, DC; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; and New Orleans, LA) and have received requests for workshops in several other US cities.
In the US, only 9 states require sex education to be culturally competent and unbiased.
GHE in the US
Currently, we operate in 4 US cities—Washington, DC; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; and New Orleans, LA—and have received requests for workshops in several other US cities. We are also in the process of developing a virtual learning platform in order to efficiently scale and reach girls and young women in more geographic regions.
We work with our school and community center partners and Teaching Fellows to develop and deliver customized, culturally competent, and relevant workshops and programs to the girls we serve. As an organization, we constantly evolve to meet the needs of the whole girl and young woman. We maximize our impact through pre- and post-workshop surveys and modify or adapt our programming based on the results.
of girls feel more comfortable talking to romantic/sexual partners about consent and safer sex practices.
of girls correctly answer questions about menstruation and contraception.
of girls agree or strongly agree that they have positive qualities outside of how they look.
Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Meet Our Chapter Leaders
Gianna Yenna - New York, NY Chapter Leader
Gianna is a pre-health student majoring in Human Biology at Hunter College. She completed her A.S. in Community Health at Nassau Community College. She is a volunteer EMT and certified in mental health first aid.
Gianna spent many years working as a camp counselor with young children and as a one-on-one counselor to children with special needs. Her passions include health, spending time in nature, women’s empowerment, and reading.
Gianna was drawn to Girls Health Ed because it is an organization where many of her most valued passions are instilled in girls and young women. Gianna believes that Girls Health Ed has a mission that will not only teach the girls and young women about self-care, health, and positive relationships but allow the team to grow as well.
Sarah McKee - Washington, DC Chapter Leader
Sarah’s first foray into the public health world after graduate school found her creating curricula and facilitating leadership development trainings for midwives and adolescents in Anglophone Africa. This included running a virtual mentoring network for young women to connect them with established women leaders in the Sexual and Reproductive Health space in East Africa.
Currently working as a Senior Communications Officer at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), she gets to work with people all over the world creating and executing strategic communications plans across multiple public health disciplines and working with the policy and advocacy team to advocate for SRHR globally.
Meredith Henning - Washington, DC Chapter Leader
Meredith Henning is a champion for sexual and reproductive health and rights and is excited to bring this passion to Girls Health Ed as a DC Chapter Leader.
Meredith has a Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Southern California, where she studied Policy.
She currently works at Pathfinder International, a nonprofit that champions sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide, mobilizing communities mostly in need to break through barriers and forge their own path to a healthier future. She has worked in international development for 5 years and is passionate about bringing education and access to sexual and reproductive health to youth and adolescents both abroad and here in the United States.
MaryGrace Clark – New Orleans, LA Chapter Leader
MaryGrace is a biology pre-med major at Loyola University New Orleans. She plans on becoming a pediatrician with a focus on working with underserved populations.
She loves working with Girls Health Ed to ensure that girls are making educated decisions and grow up to be strong and powerful women, and she is so honored to play a small part in that.
Himani Parikh – Los Angeles, CA Chapter Leader
Himani is a Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics student at the University of California, Los Angeles.
She is passionate about making an impact in others’ lives, especially through education. Health education is a passion of hers, and she hopes to use it in the future as she pursues medicine.
In her free time, Himani enjoys reading, watching Marvel movies, and trying out new restaurants.
GHE at Work
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