Knowledge is power. It's the key to making healthy choices about sexuality and reproductive health. At Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley, we know that parents, teachers, counselors and other adult mentors play a critical role in helping young people get the information they need to make responsible decisions.
Our educators provide training, education and support for parents, professionals and young people in order to facilitate truly meaningful communication about sexuality.
Our innovative programs deliver sexuality education that's real, accurate and age-appropriate. Programs are structured around individual and group activities and are designed to be flexible and responsive to your specific needs.
The following are some of our most popular programs. Please contact us if there is a program you are interested in that is not listed.
To succeed at delaying intercourse, teens need a tool kit of refusal skills. This program empowers youth to clarify their options, make healthy decisions and communicate effectively with a partner.
Teaching about birth control methods is more than just a "show and tell" of objects and devices. Our program begins by helping participants examine the barriers that might prevent effective and consistent use of birth control. We clarify common myths, provide current information and answer questions raised by the group. All methods of contraception, including abstinence and new methods such as Ortho Evra Patch, the Nuva Ring, Depo Provera, the Female Condom and Emergency Contraception, are explored in detail.
Forming and maintaining healthy relationships takes work! This program looks at the peer pressure many youth feel to have sex or to tolerate dating violence or bullying within a relationship. Participants will be able to identify the characteristics of a healthy relationship and practice effective communication skills.
Talking about HIV and AIDS is a difficult task for teachers and parents alike, yet it is crucial that we begin HIV/AIDS education at an early age to reduce the risk of transmission. Our educators work with parents, PTAs, schools and community agencies to present up-to-date information about HIV and AIDS in an age appropriate manner.
Men's Sexual Health
This informative program provides information on common health concerns for men, such as prostate cancer, testicular exams and sexually transmitted infections including HIV. A safe and comfortable environment is created by the male sexuality educator who facilitates the program so that participants feel free to ask questions.
Planned Parenthood Services
Did you know that Planned Parenthood has been providing medical and educational services in the Hudson Valley for over 70 years? Or that we provide services for men as well as women? Are you aware that there are five types of hormonal contraception? We can tell you about our vision that every child is a wanted child, our services, our amazing staff and how to utilize our services.
This program is designed for 8 -12 year olds and covers information on the changes that occur during puberty. Through interactive games, art activities and a Question and Answer segment, participants gain knowledge about periods, wet dreams, changing body shapes, etc.
Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity
This program provides a forum for discussing these complex topics and explores the diversity of sexual orientation as well as gender identity. We will discuss the common misconceptions that lead to prejudice and oppression of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender people.
(date/acquaintance rape, harassment and sexual assault prevention)
One in four women will be sexually assaulted by age eighteen, and approximately 85% of women are raped by someone they know. This program addresses the common myths about date and acquaintance rape and clarifies the misconception that rape is about sex. Participants have an opportunity to examine their attitudes and empower themselves with rape prevention strategies.
Sexually Transmitted Infections, Safer Sex & Risk Reduction Strategies
When young people engage in sexual activity, they face many risks. This program discusses a full range of sexually transmitted infections and explores ways to reduce the risk of becoming infected. Risk reduction practices will be discussed, including the correct use of condoms and dental dams.
Women's Sexual Health
This program encourages women to take charge of their sexual health. Participants review the female reproductive system and discuss female sexual response. Information is provided on breast self-examination, safer sex strategies and a routine gynecological visit (which includes counseling on birth control options and screening for cervical cancer, HIV, and sexually transmitted infections.)
For more information about any of these programs, call Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley's Education Department.
Beacon (Administration Office)
(845) 838-1200, x103