Without resorting to fear-based materials, preachy slogans or biased statistics, Planned Parenthood promotes abstinence as a positive, healthy choice for individuals. Participants learn assertiveness skills to help them communicate their decision to wait. While we teach abstinence as a component in many of our workshops, we also offer it as a stand-alone program.
Our one-or two-part workshops help teens understand their risk for pregnancy, debunk myths about teen pregnancy and birth control, demonstrate birth control methods, and promote abstinence as the best way to avoid an unplanned pregnancy. If needed, this presentation may begin with a review of the male and female reproductive anatomy and the basics of conception. We review and demonstrate the variety of birth control methods, emphasizing those that are most effective. We remind participants that their birth control method may not protect them from sexually transmitted diseases.
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
In this program, we help participants understand how easily sexually transmitted infections are spread, using a game format and photo illustrations. We explain the various kinds of STIs and the symptoms that indicate when an STI may be present. We identify risky behaviors and stress prevention methods, including correct condom use.
HIV/AIDS may be covered as part of the STI workshop or given as a stand-alone presentation. In addition to providing factual information about HIV and its transmission, the workshop helps participants understand that they, too, can be at risk for the disease. We emphasize prevention, especially abstinence and correct condom use. Students also learn where they can go to be tested for HIV.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention
In this program, we help participants explore the reasons teens become pregnant and help them understand the differences a pregnancy would make in their lives. We cover teen pregnancy statistics and promote abstinence as the preferred method of pregnancy prevention. If desired, the program can conclude with a quick overview of birth control methods, or a video that shows an actual teen birth.
Rape is only one form of sexual assault. In this workshop, interactive activities help students define and understand the behaviors that constitute sexual assault. Students are taught to know their personal limits, communicate clearly and assertively, avoid alcohol and drugs, and recognize potentially dangerous situations. Our program emphasizes that the victim is never at fault for an assault. It concludes with information about where victims of sexual assault can go for counseling and other help.
Dating & Relationships
What are relationships and how do they evolve? What qualities within a relationship are most important to me? What are the responsibilities inherent in a dating relationship? Do males and females have different expectations about relationships? These are some of the questions that students will address as they work through the values clarification exercises in this workshop.
Statistics show that many students are targets of sexual harassment. Our workshop defines harassment and clarifies the difference between flirting and harassing. We also help students empathize with victims of harassment and suggest ways to deal with harassment when it occurs.
In this workshop we use thought-provoking activities and quizzes to help students understand why many people believe abortion should remain safe and legal.
This workshop covers the legal history of abortion rights in the United States and provides information on the procedure itself. We often do this program for Participation in Government classes.
Recognizing that there is no such thing as safe sex, we stress abstinence as the only sure way to avoid an unplanned pregnancy, STIs, or HIV/AIDS. But since some students may not choose this option, we also identify risky behavior and teach other prevention strategies, including mutual monogamy and correct condom use.
This program is a simulation of the Jeopardy game show with categories that focus on sexuality issues. It's a fun way to review facts and present new information.
Through activities and videos, educators provide an overview of the male and female reproductive system. We discuss the biological and physical functions of the human anatomy using proper terminology. Depending on your program objectives, we may also cover fetal development and puberty.
Sexuality Series for the Developmentally Delayed
Our educators can customize a series of presentations from the above list and present the series at a developmentally appropriate level.