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 outFarpress presents 
 
 Regular Show
 Youth Radio, Mendocino California, Veterans Stories, Family Planning, Public Affairs
 Dan Roberts  
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YouthSpeaksOut! is in its 13th year, hosted by high school students in Mendocino County. Monthly, one hour, call-in segment. Veterans History Project and the elimination of Family Planning in the County. Excellent interviews with Vietnam Vets.
Today we have two topics- The Veterans History Project and Cutbacks in Family Planning Services For Teens. We will spend around 30 minutes discussing each topic including your calls, so please be ready to call when we give out the numbers.
Laytonville High School, along with Anderson Valley High, took part in The Veterans History Project this Spring. In 2000 the United States Congress created this project to preserve the remembrances of American War Veterans and the civilian workers who supported them. These collections of first-hand accounts are archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress for research and inspiration. The Project collects recollections of veterans who served in World War I, World War II, the Cold War, Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War (1990-1995), as well as the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts (2001-present).
Laytonville High School was invited to contribute to the project by Congressman Mike Thompson. 30 of our students interviewed 20 area veterans. All of this material was sent to the Library of Congress. Heading the project at Laytonville High was english teacher Rick Kale along with Lindsay O’Neill from Healthy Start. Our media specialist Chris Shelton produced 2 DVDs of selections from the interviews, which is where we got the audio that we will play for you in a few minutes.
Both the students and the veterans found the project educational, emotional, and a valuable communication across generations. The three audio clips that we will play for you are all Vietnam Veterans. It is good for young people to listen to the experiences of community members who have experienced being in war. These veterans talked about the lessons they learned from their service, as well as the after effects that still persist.
Memorial Day was celebrated last week. The holiday was first observed as Decoration Day in 1865 to remember the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War. Over time the holiday has become Memorial day, a day of remembering the men and women who dies while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Fortunately for our community, the three Vietnam veterans that you will hear survived the war. We thank them for letting us hear their stories.
We will begin with Tom Evans who was interviewed by Paige Polson and Shaina Maxwell. Tom served in the Army working on aircraft, and flying combat missions.
PLAY TOM EVANS 3:11
That was Tom Evans speaking about his experiences in Vietnam. Paige, what did you learn and feel from interviewing Tom?
PAIGE DISCUSSES THE INTERVIEW
Next we will hear a part of the interview with Terry Wilcox who served in Vietnam as a Medic in the US Air Force. Brett Harwood and I conducted this interview.
PLAY TERRY WILCOX 3:34
(Paige) That was Terry Wilcox. Mitzi, what stands out in your mind after that interview with Terry Wilcox?
MITZI DISCUSSES THE INTERVIEW
Next we will hear part of the interview with William Womack who served as a Sergeant in the US Army in Vietnam. William was interviewed by Kaitlin Whitely and Casey Notaro.
PLAY WILLIAM WOMACK 4:24
That was William Womack. Kaitlan, what insights did you gain by listening to William speak?
KAITLAN DISCUSS THE INTERVIEW
We will open the phone lines now for about 10 minutes. We are in the Willits studio and our number is 707 456-9991. Please let us know how these interviews affected you. If you are a Veteran or a family member of a Veteran, we would like to hear what you think is important to remember about your service. If you were speaking to young people, what would advice or insights would you share? Our studio phone number is 707 456-9991. When you call, please be ready to turn down your radio or we’ll get a very confusing echo. The number is 456-9991. Please call and be a part of this discussion about Veterans. We’d really like to hear from you.
LISTEN TO CALL-INS FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES




We are going to move to the second topic on today’s YouthSpeaksOut! I am Paige along with (point to others who will state their names). We are students at Laytonville High School.
Our second topic today is about the elimination of the Family Planning Program in Mendocino County. Last Tuesday was the final day that Mendocino County provided funding for Family Planning Services. HIV screening, pregnancy testing, education and counseling, and testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections are among the services that the County no longer provides. This Health Department program had been in operation for more than 20 years, with the majority of funds coming from the State of California and the Federal government. Family Planning provided services for more than 5000 visits per year.
Mendocino county has a number of community clinics including Long Valley Community Clinic in Laytonville, Little Lake Health Center in Willits, Anderson Valley Health Center , Mendocino Coast Clinics, Mendocino Community Health Clinic in Ukiah, Potter Valley Community Health Center, and Redwood Coast Medical Services. These clinics offer family planning services including Family PACT.
Family PACT is a program that provides no-cost family planning services to low-income men and women, including teens. Family PACT can help prevent an unplanned pregnancy and help protect reproductive health. They can provide information about birth control methods and give the education, counseling and treatment that one might need. Women, men, and teens able to become pregnant or cause a pregnancy can get Family PACT services if they are low-income California residents. Anyone needing this support could contact any of the named Health Clinics and make an appointment to find out about eligibility.
Planned Parenthood will be opening an office in Ukiah in July, and possibly one later in Willits. At the moment, one could travel to Clearlake or Santa Rosa for their needs.
In the past few years most of the news on the teen pregnancy front has been positive. The U.S. teen birth rate declined 6% in 2009 – the most recent year for which data is available – and is now at a record low.
Despite this progress, it is still the case that 3 in 10 girls get pregnant by age 20. This suggests that services and education could help teens postpone their families until they are older, through school, and in stable, committed relationships.
In this section of the show we will discuss how the elimination of Family Planning Services may affect the teenagers in our community. The anonymity of going to a specialized clinic for these services was an advantage, since the chance of seeing someone familiar at the local clinic is high in our rural facilities. Teenagers who are not informing their parents of their choices might not be comfortable with asking questions or getting services from the family doctor. And Family Planning provided educational events at some schools. Most of the schools we are aware of have very little sex education in the curriculum. Maybe this lack of education explains the statistic that there are 19 million new Sexually Transmitted Infections each year, almost half of them among 15-24 year olds. And one in four sexually active adolescents has an infection.
So we will discuss the end of the Family Planning Program in Mendocino County and sex education for about 15 minutes. Then we will open the phone lines for your information, questions and insights.
I suggested the topic, so I will start it.
DISCUSS FAMILY PLANNING 15 MINUTES
We will open the phone lines now for about 10 minutes. We are in the Willits studio and our number is 707 456-9991. We would really like to hear your comments about family planning services available in our community. Are there enough providers? If you are a teen, or were a teen, would you feel comfortable going to a clinic for information on birth control or Sexually Transmitted Infections? Are you glad that Planned Parenthood will be covering for some of the losses incurred by the end of the Family Planning Program? Do you think that there is enough sex education in the schools? Or do you think that it is inappropriate to talk about that subject with teenagers at school? Did you get receive sexual education in school? Do you wish you had?

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