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This report is written in collaboration with Mississippi First to assist them in their efforts to increase access to condoms for adolescents and young adults in Mississippi, with a particular focus on the Delta Region. Spurred by high rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections in the state, Mississippi First has long been working to empower Mississippi youth by giving them the knowledge and means to make informed decisions. In 2014, Mississippi First created the Mississippi Youth Council (“MYCouncil”) to “ensure that young people in Mississippi have a voice in the debate around their sexual and reproductive health, education, and rights.” The youth activists in MYCouncil work through a grassroots approach to support comprehensive sexuality education and access to sexual and reproductive health services for all young people. This report is part of their ongoing efforts to explore solutions around increasing youth access to reproductive health resources generally, focusing specifically on strategies to increase condom access for teens.

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