How a group of teenagers are tackling period poverty in their community

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In a small town in upstate New York, a group of teenagers are working to make sure that no one in their community has to go without essential menstrual products.

It all started when one of the teens, 16-year-old Olivia Berkhout, read an article about period poverty—the lack of access to affordable menstrual products, which can lead to missed school days, job loss, and even health problems. She was shocked to learn that period poverty is a reality for many women and girls around the world, and she wanted to do something to help.

Olivia and her friends started a Facebook group called Teens for Periods, which quickly grew to more than 100 members. They began collecting donations of menstrual products and distributing them to local schools and shelters. They also worked with the town’s mayor to get free tampons and pads dispensers installed in all of the town’s public restrooms.

The group has since expanded its reach, partnering with organizations like the United Way and the Girl Scouts to help raise awareness of period poverty and to collect even more donations. They’ve also started a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs of their work.

So far, the group has collected and distributed more than 10,000 units of menstrual products, and they’re not slowing down anytime soon. In the face of period poverty, these teen activists are proving that determination and compassion can go a long way.

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