Event organizer Sally Walker said Planned Parenthood events in the Blacksburg area have been evolving over the past 25 years, but this is the first one like this.
Pickin’ is a new style of event for Planned Parenthood.
Usually, the organization’s presentations are targeted to particular groups, but this one welcomes a cross-generational audience. Walker said it is essential to include all ages in health awareness not only to inform but to engage each generation so they are motivated to sustain future efforts of services like Planned Parenthood.
Seidorf said college students should care when they see the organization’s name for events, because even if it doesn’t apply to life now, at some point everyone will face reproductive health needs or concerns.
Town council member, senior math instructor at Virginia Tech and faculty advisor for Womanspace, Susan Anderson said the collaboration between older and younger people is the only way to keep a pipeline of change and awareness alive in society.
Anderson said Blacksburg has a lively network of non-profit and service organizations, but their member age demographic is getting older, which inhibits any future growth.
And with the Tech community as such an integral local influence, Anderson calls for students and young people to get involved.
“Without young professionals joining in, we’re going to get to a point where our organizations will cease to exist,” Anderson said.
Seidorf said one way students can be most influential rests in how they vote in local and state elections. This is a driving force of her responsibility as a civic engagement intern to promote voters to be informed of what they are supporting when choosing one candidate over another.
“It’s important to be involved and aware of what’s going on around you, because the people we elect are the people who make those decisions,” Babis said.
With Planned Parenthood’s new tagline “care no matter what,” Anderson said attending the Pickin’ event on Sunday is a fun way to network with other supporters and seek ways to be more informed and involved.
“We just think it raises awareness that we’re here, and we’re here to stay,” Walker said.