understanding and combating anti-fat bias for youth advisory boards

February 15, 2022 at 5:00 PM ET
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Hey, YAB Members! This special event is for you! We’re diving into anti-fat bias and discrimination, especially when it happens during your sex education class.

Not sure what “anti-fat bias” is or how it causes harm? Bring your questions (and your friend’s questions)!

We’ll cover body shaming, narrow depictions of human bodies in health and sex education materials, and what it means to be “healthy” in our society. But, be ready to bust those myths! Before you head out, you will have intentional language and a way to frame the conversation about combatting anti-fat bias among your peers and trusted adults.

Adult leaders of youth advisory boards are welcome to join us. Keep in mind, though, this session was created for youth. Interested in attending the anti-fat bias training geared more towards adults? We’ll be hosting sessions next month for you, so stay tuned!

Yesi Llerenas Daniel has been an educator with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Santa Fe, New Mexico for almost 4 years. As an Education Program Manager for the Responsible Sex Education Institute (RSEI), Yesi manages and delivers bilingual comprehensive sex education programming in schools and in the community to participants of all ages. An educator and community organizer who strives to be a catalyst for social change, Yesi brings 9 years of professional experience working with social justice advocacy, education, and community-based programs. A self-identified queer trans masculine nonbinary Latine person of color, Yesi previously served as the Southern New Mexico Field Director for Equality New Mexico in Las Cruces.

Maria Peñas began working as a Health Center Assistant at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in 2019. As a Health Center Assistant, she worked directly with patients to provide birth control counseling, STI testing and treatment, abortion care, and other sexual health services. She currently works as an Advanced Program Specialist for the Responsible Sex Education Institute, where she provides sexual health education to students in the Denver metro area. She has recently been working on creating spaces for educators within the 4-state affiliate to learn from each other virtually.


This project is/was supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs (OPA), Teen Pregnancy Prevention Tier 1 grant, 1 TP1AH000234-01-00, as administered by the Maryland Department of Health.  The information or content presented are those of the author and shall not be construed as the official position or policy, nor any endorsement, by HHS, the Federal Government, or the Maryland Department of Health. 

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