Am I Ready for Sex? Questions to Ask Yourself

This is a one-hour class for high school students on responsible, thoughtful decision-making about sexual behavior and its place in relationships.   We invite you to download and use the Am I Ready for Sex? Questions to Ask Yourself, making whatever changes or additions that best serve your needs. The goals of this class are to: ·        Teach the health, emotional and relationship consequences of decisions                     about sexual behavior. ·        Promote intentional, informed decision-making  about sex and relationships. ·        Promote self-examination of values and beliefs about sexual behavior and relationships. ·        Improve refusal skills. ·        Inform students about Maine law with respect to confidentiality in seeking reproductive health services, decision-making with respect to a partner’s pregnancy, and child support. ·        Promote the correct use of condoms and hormonal birth control. Appropriate age for participants:  14- 18 Class composition and structure:  This class works best for mixed groups of boys and girls.  It has been tested with class sizes as low as 4 and as high as 30. Level of participation by students:  Moderate — answering questions, taking part in an activity on resisting pressure to have sex, asking questions anonymously....
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Healthy Relationships

This is is a one-hour class for high school students on romantic relationships with an emphasis on emotional health including the process of breaking up and recovering.   We invite you to download the Healthy Relationships class, making whatever changes or additions that best serve your needs. The goals of this class are to: ·        Teach the characteristics of a healthy relationship. ·        Promote intentional decision-making and responsible communication                     about sex in the relationship. ·        Increase knowledge about abusive or controlling behaviors. ·        Promote respectful but honest communication when the                                                        relationship ends Appropriate age for participants:  14-18 Class composition and size:  This class works best for mixed groups of boys and girls with class sizes of from 10 – 30 students. Level of participation by students: High – virtually all of the class material is offered by students answering the instructors’ questions.  Questions submitted anonymously are answered at the end of the class. Project Connect Safety Cards.  We also provide the Project Connect Safety Cards to students in the Healthy Relationships classes and we strongly recommend using them.  While they are a health-based intervention and meant for distribution in healthcare settings, we think they are too powerful and appropriate not to use in class. The Safety Cards are a project of the Futures Without Violence program, Project Connect: A Coordinated Public Health Initiative to Prevent Violence against Women.  This is a national initiative authorized by the Violence Against Women Act of 2005 and funded by the Office on Women’s Health with support from the Administration for Children and Families.  Project Connect’s goal is to change how adolescent health, reproductive health, and home visiting programs respond to sexual and domestic violence.  Maine is one of nine states funded by Project Connect to implement these changes, thus the safety cards for teens are available to us....
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Talking with Teens About Sex

We developed a 28 page “script”, Talking With Teens About Sex, to provide information and encouragement to health, counseling and school staff so they can more confidently counsel teens about their sex lives and relationships.   We invite you to download and use the Talking with Teens About Sex script, making whatever changes or additions that best serve your needs. Whether teens are watching television, listening to music or surfing the internet, they cannot avoid constant sexual images, attitudes and behaviors.  It is imperative that we, as adults, provide a balance to what they see in the media in order to help them stay safe and healthy.  The vision of the Somerset County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program is that every teen have the information and support he or she needs to make healthy decisions about sexual behavior and relationships, and the support and guidance of a caring adult. We urge the teens we teach and counsel to talk to their parents, but many do not feel that they can.  If parents are not available, we hope another caring adult will step up to the challenge. Intended users: the Talking With Teens About Sex script is meant for use by school faculty and support staff, the school nurse and guidance counselors, and physicians and other medical personnel who know and are trusted by teens.  We know that talking with teens about sex can be very challenging for many adults.  Even physicians have told us that they don’t feel confident in this area, and many professionals think it would be difficult to add these discussions to the other necessary interactions they must have with teens. Goals: Therefore, our goal in the “Script” project is to put the essential information about teen sex and relationships in one document and provide a series of questions that will open and direct discussions/guidance of key topics. Development process: Talking with Teens About Sex  is a 28 page document developed by our collaborator, Kennebec Valley Community Action Program’s Health Services Department, with grants from Maine-based foundations.  We reviewed it in a rehearsal with our Advisory Board and two teens, revised it, and developed a half-hour training for it.  We conducted the training with a variety of audiences including social service providers, school nurses, school support staff and faculty, physicians, and health and counseling center staff.  Feedback from surveys of those we trained and anecdotal reports from users of the Script...
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Talking Points for a Parents’ Class

Research shows that parents have more influence on teens’ sexual behavior than peers when parents will step up to the challenges of guiding teens about sex and relationships.  Our Talking Points for a Parent’s Class provides instructors/facilitators with an outline for a one- or two-hour discussion with parents about guiding teens about these essential developmental issues.   We invite you to download and use the Talking Points for a Parents’ Class, making whatever changes or additions that best serve your needs. We have given this class in a variety of settings: schools, religious institutions, workplaces, at civic group meetings, and as part of Adult Education programs.  In any setting, we have found that parents eagerly take part in discussions and find the encouragement and information helpful.    ...
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