Get Real: Comprehensive Sex Education That Works
Get Real is a multi-year, comprehensive sex education curriculum designed to be implemented in middle school and completed in high school. All Get Real lessons emphasize social and emotional skills as key components of healthy relationships and responsible decision-making. This curriculum promotes abstinence from sex as the healthiest choice for adolescents and also provides a comprehensive understanding of sexual health, sexuality, and protection methods.
Information is factual, medically accurate, and age-appropriate. Get Real supports parents as the primary sexuality educators for their children through family activities that encourage healthy dialogue about sexual health topics. This program affirms that young people have a fundamental right to honest, accurate, and comprehensive sexual education.
Get Real values, supports, and respects adolescents’ rights and abilities to make informed choices and teaches effective communication and negotiation skills to strengthen sexual health decision-making throughout life.
Get Real is a school-based program evaluated in a largely urban setting with a diverse student population. Get Real is suitable for all teens regardless of their sexual experience or sexual orientation. Get Real was developed by Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and published by Education, Teaching & Research.
Sisters Saving Sisters
Sisters Saving Sisters is a comprehensive evidence based sexual health education curriculum designed for high school aged females of color. Sisters Saving Sisters brings to focus the disparity of HIV/STIs rates among the Latina and African American female adolescent populations. This curriculum acknowledges that abstinence is the most effective way to eliminate these risks. The culturally and gender-sensitive video clips; games; brainstorming; role-playing; skill-building exercises and small-group discussions are designed to build group cohesion and enhance the learning experience. The program’s goal is to reduce unprotected sexual intercourse, the number of sexual partners, and the incidence of sexually transmitted infections.
Following completion of the education curriculum, the youth are inducted into Sisters Saving Sisters Network and a member the Sisters’ Circle of Strength. The Sisters’ Circle of Strength is a Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast signature component. Members participate in a mentorship program led by trained health educators and are invited to out-of-classroom learning experiences and personal development opportunities. The extracurricular events allow for additional learning as well as bonding and friendship development.