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Reproductive Health & Reproductive Justice Experts Headline the First 2021 NTARUPT Alliance Partners Meeting

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We are excited to bring together our current and future Alliance Partners for our first 2021 NTARUPT Alliance Meeting on Monday, March 15 at 12 pm. This virtual event features two dynamic speakers discussing life-changing topics, enriching and especially timely as we near the middle of Women’s History Month: Reproductive Health and Reproductive Justice.

Ntarupt helps to drive equitable reproductive health education and empowers young adults, teens, and parents to make the most informed decisions for themselves and help lead an UN-interrupted life by teen pregnancy. The Afiya Center provides resources to ignite and build a robust Black women-centered Reproductive Justice movement in Texas. The synergy of these two topics brings us together to have an “A Conversation about Reproductive Health & Reproductive Justice.” during the Alliance Meeting. We hope you can join this free, virtual event! 


This conversation also echoes the themes of our 6th Annual Student Film Contest. Click here to learn more about the rules and cash rewards before the March 31 deadline!

Event Speakers:

Marsha Jones, Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Afiya Center

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and is a graduate of the Black AIDS Institute’s African American HIV University (Science and Community Mobilizing Fellowship Program) and Tyndale Theology School. Marsha serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Equal Access Fund and is a member of the following national women-focused initiatives to advance gender and racial equity and eliminate health disparities: 30 for 30 (Steering Member), Texas Black Women Initiative Dallas Team (Co-chair), US Women Working Group on PrEP, National Women AIDS  Coalition (Steering Member) and Rockwood Fellowship for Racial & Gender Justice Leaders in the HIV/AIDS Movement (Fellow). Marsha is a national grassroots organizer, community mobilizer, professional speaker, group facilitator, and health educator. Marsha’s life commitment is to positively transform the lives of women and girls via leadership development and activism. Marsha challenges harmful systemic and political constructs to advance the economic, health, and safety of women and girls.

Ileana Cruz, Assistant Program Director at Ntarupt

As a Dallas Native, she knew she always wanted to give back to the communities she grew up in. Ileana studied neuroscience and psychology at the University of Texas at Dallas where spent time researching the underlying mechanism of pain. Ileana has worked as an educator for 4 years serving Spanish-speaking families, teens, and youth-serving professionals. She hopes to combine her love of research and activism to empower students and families to advocate for themselves and their health.


What is the Ntarupt Alliance?

NTARUPT stands for the North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens. We were officially established as a fund of the Dallas Foundation in 2014 as a result of strategic planning by community members and stakeholders, now known as the Alliance. Since then the Alliance has grown to include five categories of Alliance membership:

  1. Program Delivery Partners
  2. Grant Partners
  3. Members and Partners
  4. Medical Providers
  5. Funders/ Supporters and Foundations

Alliance members attend quarterly member meetings, monthly sub-committee meetings, are featured in the Ntarupt newsletter, and benefit from a network of like-minded agencies.

Would You Like to Be Part of the Alliance?

If your agency is interested in becoming an Alliance member please contact us

Get to know our Alliance Members  

Please learn more about our Alliance Members and how their organizations make a difference in communities throughout Texas. Ntarupt is grateful for their support and appreciates all of their hard work! Many are Ntarupt Program Delivery Partners, which include nonprofits, schools, and federal agencies where our reproductive health educators have provided educational programming. Ntarupt programming can include sex education for parents, teens, and training for youth-serving professionals.

African American Museum

After School All-Stars

Anthem Strong Families


Café Momentum

Carrollton Farmer’s Branch Independent School

Children at Risk

Dallas County Health Department

The Center for Prevention of Child Maltreatment

The Childcare Group


Dallas County Health and Human Services

Dallas Healthy Start

Dallas Police Department Athletic League

Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

Family Compass

Fort Worth Independent School District

Family Wellness Dallas

Girls Inc.

Heart of Courage

Lullaby House

Healthy Futures of Texas

Hope Cottage: Pregnancy and Adoption Center and Alley’s House

LIFT Dallas


National Council of Jewish Women

Our Friends Place

Plano Independent School District

Plymouth Park United Methodist Church

Population Media Institute

Rainbow Days

Redeemed Women

Real Live Connection

Relationships First

Richardson Independent School District

St. Philips Community Center

The Be Project (The Family Place)

The School Zone

Tenison Women’s Clinics

The Texas Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

Texas WIC (Women, Infants, and Children)

Texas Women’s Healthcare Coalition

University of Texas at Dallas, Center for Children and Families

Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation

We Are Family 

Year Up