Sex Ed that Grows with a Child - Santa Clara County Office of ...

Sex Ed that Grows with a Child - Santa Clara County Office of ...

Sex Ed that Grows with a Child A community-wide approach to adolescent sexual health

Abi Karlin-Resnick, Executive Director WELCOME! I learned

about puberty, sex, and sexuality fromand the information

was Objectives Identify key sources of sexual health information for adolescents and pre-adolescents.

Articulate the value of implementing a longitudinal approach to adolescent sexual health that impacts multiple adolescent health influencers. Identify three strategies for how to implement a

community-wide approach to sexual health education in their local community. A little about us 75,000

students 1,000 teachers trained 5 sexual health curricula

A Community-Wide Approach In practice: Schools & Parents

In practice: Peer Education In practice:

Healthcare Providers In practice: Media Messages

Role of policy-making Community -wide approach

Local, state, national policies

CA Education Code (Section 51933) Instruction in ALL grades (K-12) Age appropriate

Factual info shall be medically accurate Not reflect or promote bias Affirmatively recognize people have different orientations include examples Teach about gender, gender expression, gender identity and harm of

negative stereotypes Encourage communication with parents/guardians/ trusted adults Healthy relationships Decision making, negotiation and refusal skills Shall not teach or promote religious doctrine

CA Education Code (Section 51934) Mandated content (at least once in grades 7/8 and at least once in grades 9-12) STIs (incl. HIV/AIDS) definitions, transmission, prevention,

societal views Pregnancy prevention, all legal options Minor access to healthcare Sexual safety, consent, sexual abuse/violence, sex trafficking Healthy relationships, decision-making and communication

skills Parent/trusted adult communication Core curriculum components

Mixed-gender groups Inclusive of diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual identities Interactive and participatory

Communication skills with parents, peers, and partners Cover sexual safety and consent

SO WHAT DOES THIS LOOK LIKE? Sex ed that grows with a child & Student agency

Puberty Talk: identify and communicate with a trusted adult Teen Talk Middle School: develop internal decision making processes in regards to having sex Teen Talk High School: develop skills to negotiate/ navigate decision making with a partner Teen Talk High School Refresher: develop capacity to

disrupt negative or unhealthy behavior in one's surroundings Teen Talk Special Education: develop self-advocacy and support system Parent Talk: reinforce family values and ongoing support system

LETS PRACTICE! Conditions for success

Small group discussion Conditions for success in your community Challenges to implementing a

community-wide approach? Strategies to implement in your community Take-aways

Understand what YOUR community needs Real community change takes time Find your allies students, parents, teachers, administrators, healthcare providers, policymakers, advocacy organizations Consistent messaging from ALL influencers

If one of your influencers cant implement, youll need to adapt the role the other influencers play for youth Questions?

Follow us! www.health-connected.org facebook.com/healthconnectedorg linkedin.com/company/health-connected

@SexEdStartsHere @SexEdStartsHere Want more info?

Abi Karlin-Resnick [email protected] Perryn Reis [email protected]

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