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PPP hosted period packing parties for the entire 7th and 8th grade classes at Bishop's in May! The middle schoolers packed over 13,000 pads into individual period kits. We are strong believers in addressing the stigma around periods at a young age and also had fun scouting the next generation of period warrior talent!
In February 2022, PPP hosted our annual Bishop’s school-wide drive, from which 8,800 products were collected! Students from all grades helped us complete yet another successful packing party and the finished packs were donated to Sharia's Closet, a local organization that serves low-income families and at-risk youth.
PPP's podcast, That's On Period!, has been rated one of the top four podcasts on menstrual health by Orchyrd Blog!
PPP is working with the San Diego Housing Commission to distribute the >80,000 products from our November packing event to unsheltered homeless populations across San Diego. We donated a supply of period products that will last six months for all city-funded homeless outreach organizations, including Path, Alpha Project, Father Joe's Villages, and the SDPD's Homeless Outreach Team (HOT).
Over 82,000 more products donated!
Using the funds raised from our polo sale, the entire senior class at Bishop's (over 160 volunteers) assembled over 6,800 individual period kits, each serving one cycle. Thank you so much to all of our student volunteers!
In October of 2021, PPP raised over $7,500 selling pink polos to Bishop's students! Over 420 polos were sold (nearly half of the student body!), each of which financed ten months worth of menstrual products for someone in need.
Branches of PPP at six high schools across San Diego have been doing amazing work so far this year, introducing their school communities to the issues of period poverty and stigma and already organizing drives and donation events!
More workshops!! For all of our new members, PPP is going back to the basics, exploring the far-reaching effects of period poverty and stigma and how they look both in our community and in other cultures around the world.
At our first meeting of the 2021-2022 school year, 60+ high school students joined PPP for an introduction to our organization, a discussion of period poverty and stigma, and a game of menstrual trivia!
2021 Service Fair! PPP shared our mission and goals for the year with hundreds of students, recruiting over 70 new members to join the project.
Happy International Day of Menstruation (5/28)! PPP was grateful to celebrate with our wonderful community at The Bishop's School, and we were so excited to see friends and organizations all around the world come together on this day to advocate for menstrual justice.
In April 2021, PPP held a presentation on menstrual health and hygiene to discuss the importance of period education, safe management of menstruation, and proper menstrual product disposal!
Over 13,000 period products were collected in our February 2021 drive at The Bishop's School! Our wonderful volunteers then packed these products into over 1,000 period packs containing either pads or tampons, sanitary disposal bags from our partner company Scensible Source, and a notecard. These packs each serve one full cycle for a menstruator in need.
10,000 of the products were donated to the 1500 migrant girls from Central America who are being temporarily housed at the San Diego Convention Center while waiting for decisions on their immigration status. The large majority of these girls are aged 13-17, which created a huge need for period products at this temporary shelter. Another 3,000 products were donated to Sharia’s Closet, an organization that provides free clothing to individuals in need, and they will be distributing these products to at-risk youth and other menstruators in the community.
Welcome to That's On Period!, a podcast by the Period Poverty Project. Yasi and Andrea created it in February of 2021 to talk about all things period-related with the goal of debunking the social stigma surrounding menstruation.
Click below to listen!
PPP teamed up with The Bishop's School's Latinx American Student Organization (LASO) to hold a joint meeting on period poverty and stigma in various Latin American cultures! We were joined by Bishop's Head of School, Mr. Ron Kim, and are looking forward to more collabs in the future.
Period poverty should never place limitations on a student's education. In early November, we partnered with Covers for Lives and other student groups across San Diego on a city-wide menstrual product drive for SDUSD students. 40% of the students in this school district fall below the poverty line, and the district was struggling to provide students with the menstrual products they need. Altogether, the drive collected over 20,000 period products!
Discussion time! Since the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, the PPP has continued working to debunk the stigma around menstruation and to raise awareness for the issue of period poverty.
270 more periods served! PPP hosted a socially distanced period packing party to assemble period kits for the San Diego Rescue Mission.
Since the Covid lockdown, we have gotten creative with using platforms like Netflix Party to spark discussion. This inspiring documentary on Netflix is about period poverty and stigma in India. A link to the film can be found under our Resources page.
Periods do not stop for pandemics, so neither does the fight for menstrual justice! Since March, we have been hosting our meetings via Zoom.
The PPP held its first product drive in January of 2020 and it was a huge success. Well over $2,000 worth of product was donated, including 3,200 tampons, 3,100 pads, and 18,500 baby wipes.
Students from all grades at Bishop's helped assemble over 500 period packs, each serving one cycle for someone in need.
We then personally delivered these packs to Rachel's Women's Center in downtown San Diego, where they have been distributed to women in need through their emergency overnight shelter program.
First meeting of the Period Poverty Project in the fall of 2019! We made plans for the club, discussed the problem of period poverty, and began to talk about menstrual health.