Planned Parenthood

Southwest and Central Florida

Education and Training

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Our education programs provide ways to learn about a variety of interconnected issues: how we feel about our sexuality; how we feel about ourselves as sexual beings and how we healthily integrate those feelings into a balanced, meaningful and purposeful way of living. Sexuality encompasses a broad spectrum of feelings, attitudes, emotions and behaviors. It involves sensuality and intimacy together with caring, sharing, loving, liking, risk-taking, vulnerability, fantasy and the need for touch.

Sexuality education helps us understand our attitudes and behaviors related to reproduction and health. It fosters the acceptance of and comfort with our bodies. We learn more about our sexual identity, our gender identity, our sexual orientation and our gender roles. Through a better understanding of responsible sexual behavior, we develop the skills to explore gender bias and the role of sexualization in our culture in an effort to cultivate positive change for a better society. Programs take place in public and private schools, youth-serving agencies, churches, and the education wing of Planned Parenthood's regional headquarters. If you're interested in arranging for a presentation, or would like to know more about our other resources, please contact us at education@myplannedparenthood.org.

Our outreach programs have expanded to reach people throughout the world with our online work as well. The Feronia Project is a regularly updated blog that provides a safe place to learn about sexual health, engage in discussion about social and reproductive justice, and find trusted resources for comprehensive, medically-accurate sex education. SOURCE Productions, in addition to continuing its award-winning work as a Teen Theatre group, has been releasing a number of videos available on their YouTube channel, as well as two short films that have been screening at nationwide film festivals.

We are thrilled to have received a grant for the newly implemented Wyman's Teen Outreach Program (TOP®) which brings our trained educators to the schools, public housing facilities, and community centers where health, social and economic disparities exist. Focusing on how to help prepare at-risk, underserved teenagers for success in adulthood, this program works to promote healthy relationships and career goals throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk and Manatee counties. The project is funded by a one million dollar grant over three years from the Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families.

 

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Education and Training