Introducing a SECS educator to youth as a reliable resource and giving them the sex ed. experience they deserve will help to foster their growth and reach their goals. Bringing in an outside expert will also send kids a message of how much of a priority they are and how important their health and success is to you.
Offerings for youth serving organizations can be formatted as:
- In class workshops
- Large assembly presentations
- After school programs
- Peer education programs
- Student advocacy groups
- One-on-One sessions
- Sexual health support groups
Education for Younger Children
Teaching children about sex should begin as early as possible, but it's never too late to start. Conversations can become a normal and natural part of conversations just like teaching your child where their nose and toes are. A willingness to answer a young child's questions about his or her body lays the groundwork for those times when you'll need to have truthful discussions about more sensitive topics. This is why it's critical to a child's safety, their development and to the parent/child relationship to start this education at home and in school.
Lessons at this age include: good touch/bad touch, body privacy, healthy relationships, and personal hygiene
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Elementary and Middle School
By the time youths enter middle school, being prepared for all of the physical and emotional changes that they will encounter during puberty will help them welcome this transitional phase of their life, rather than fear it. The dynamics of their relationships really start to change during this time as well, so exploring the concepts of healthy relationships, respect and boundary setting, even at this young age, is vital.
Lessons at this age can include: puberty (recommended in 4th and 5th grade), self-esteem, body image, healthy relationships, pregnancy and birthing and HIV/AIDS.
Prepare youth to successfully navigate their transition through puberty and help them to embrace change as a normal, natural part of growing up as they emerge into adulthood. This turning point is a crucial time in life, one that should be supported with respect, positivity and pride. Puberty Pride gives students an opportunity to have their questions answered honestly and in a safe and comfortable environment. Through interactive, fun-filled activities, children will unveil the mysteries of the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Programs can be facilitated in school, with boys and girls together or separated, in small groups or an auditorium setting, or in the evening with the caregivers in their life. Puberty Pride is most effective when supported and reinforced by parents and caregivers. Evening programs with adults and children together will foster stronger communication and a deeper connection as well as empower parents to provide valuable lessons and personal values about puberty and growing up. For an optimal puberty education experience a family strengthening program can be designed to include a parent introduction without children so that parents feel comfortable and prepared to know what to expect from their Puberty Pride experience. This also gives parents the opportunity to ask questions that they may feel more comfortable discussing without the presence of their children. The parent/child workshops can then include either a one time overview of the basics of puberty or a multiple session series that would provide a more in depth view of the emotional and physical changes experienced during puberty, as well as supplemental programs that can include topics ranging from parent/child communication to HIV/AIDS.
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Taking the next leap into High School invites an entire new dimension of adolescence. It is an exciting but often also a very challenging time. At the core of adolescents' development in high school are their relationships - physical, mental, emotional, inter-personal, social and sexual. Teens are in the process of self discovery and becoming independent. Providing guidance about the impact of one's behavior choices as well as an education in health and life skills will help to cultivate the relationship to and respect for oneself and others.
Lessons at this age can include: healthy relationships, safer sex, sexual orientation and identity, contraceptive choices, and sex and sexuality.
Teen Outreach Program - Wyman Teen Outreach Program is a national after-school on-going program for teens. This program's effectiveness has been proven in increasing academic achievement and preventing teen pregnancy and other risk behaviors. Based upon the principles of youth development, TOP uses an approach that provides teens with the support needed and opportunities to prepare for successful adulthood and avoid problem behavior .
For more information about the Teen Outreach Program visit http://www.wymanteens.org/
Click here to visit our Programs and Workshops section to see a complete list of topics we offer. If there is something that you are interested in that is not listed, we will work closely with you to create a program that will meet your goals.
October 1, 2009
Poll Shows 85% of New Yorkers Support Sex Education for Youth -
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