Planned Parenthood offers a variety of education programs throughout western Washington to ensure that our community members receive reliable information about sexuality and reproductive health.
Typical presentations include information and activities on one or more of these topics:
- Sexual Anatomy and Physiology
- Sexual Decision Making
- Dating Relationships
- Pregnancy Options
- Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention
- Dating Violence
- Pregnancy Prevention
- Teen Pregnancy
- Gender and Orientation
Our professional community health educators have been delivering classroom presentations since the 1960s, tailoring the content to the needs of each school. Teen Council peer educators also participate in facilitating these relevant and well-received programs. Presentations can be previewed by teachers or parents, and outlines can be provided for review.
- Contain factual, up-to-date and medically accurate information, conforming to the Washington State Healthy Youth Act.
- Assist teachers in meeting the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) in Science, Communications, Health and Fitness.
- Work as stand-alone presentations or as supplements to existing curricula.
- Can be adapted to meet the needs of specific groups, grade levels and classrooms.
- Are designed with clear learning objectives
- Are always interactive and fun!
Theater as a Teaching Tool
Interactive theater is used by educators and Teen Council facilitators to empower youth in identifying and creating solutions to problems about sexuality they face most frequently. Teen Council members present scenes and invite audience members to come up and act out their ideas on stage. Topics for interactive theatre presentations must be relevant to the group and have included:
- Refusing sex
- Dating Violence
Sexuality education can happen anywhere but our formal presentations are most frequently conducted in:
- Classrooms (typically grades 5-12)
- Youth-serving organizations (Boys & Girls Clubs, community centers, scout groups, etc.)
- Churches, synagogues and other places of worship
- Jails and juvenile justice centers
- Hospitals and recovery centers
Youth Development Programs
Youth Development Programs serve up to 150 Washington youth each year and strive to reduce the incidence of unintended teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. These programs provide comprehensive sexuality education, mentoring and advocacy by trusted adult and positive peer group influence to under-resourced (at-risk) youth across western Washington ranging in age from thirteen to eighteen. Our highly skilled youth development staff is committed to a philosophy of strength-based, youth-centered programming.
It is through this lens that the following program components are developed, delivered, evaluated, and maintained:
- Weekly educational groups
- Individual case management
- Recreational activities
- Tutoring and/or other after school opportunities
- Advocacy and referrals
- Parent outreach and education
Past evaluations have indicated success in delaying the onset of first intercourse and increasing contraceptive use. Our three school-based programs in King, Lewis and Mason counties provide an annual average of 40 contact hours per year for each young person. Program specialists maintain contact with youth and their families for up to 6 years. Since 1995, Youth Development Programs have served hundreds of youth and their families as they strive toward discovering a more hopeful, healthy, and meaningful future.
To schedule a presentation or workshop, please call our education office in Seattle: (206) 328-7715 or email us today.