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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.

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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.

Workshops: Below is a sample of workshops that can be customized for parents, professionals and youth (age appropriate). Additional topics are also available. Please call for more information: (845) 838-1200 ext 107 or [email protected].

Ask the Educator

This workshop is developed in conjunction with an “Ask the Educator” box that is provided to encourage program participant interaction. A question “box” can be dropped off a week or so in advance. The Health Educator will bring information about PPMHV services, a birth control kit and STI information to help supplement the discussion generated by questions. Works well with transient/changing group participants or as an introduction to sexual health topics.

Body Image/Self Esteem (middle school only)

Some teens struggle with their self-esteem and body image when they begin puberty because it's a time when the body goes through many changes. These changes, combined with wanting to feel accepted by our friends, means it can be tempting to compare ourselves with others. With images of “the perfect body” plastered throughout the media it becomes easy for teens, especially young girls, to feel that their perception of appearance is directly linked to their self worth. Designed for middle school students, this workshop will allow participants to discover various factors that affect their body image and develop strategies for maintaining a healthy body image while increasing their self esteem.

Birth Control Options

Teaching about birth control methods is more than just a “show and tell” of objects and devices. Our program begins by helping teens examine the many reasons why young people have difficulty using birth control consistently or effectively. Both males and females are encouraged to take responsibility for their sexual decisions and behavior. All methods of contraception, including abstinence are explored in detail. This workshop also discusses the rights of minors and their access to reproductive health care.

Friendship, Flirting or Harassment? (middle school only)

Designed for middle and high school students, this program explores the differences between flirting, friendship, and sexual harassment. The program helps students learn to identify the kinds of feelings, verbal as well as electronic exchanges, and touches that are associated with flirting and distinguish them from sexually harassing behavior. Teens are encouraged through this program to develop healthy relationships based on clear communication and mutual respect.

Healthy Relationships (middle and high school only)

Designed for middle and high school students, this program explores the various types of relationships that may exist in our lives, learn different communications styles, and identify and differentiate between “healthy” and “unhealthy” relationships. Participants will develop strategies to make and maintain healthy relationships in their own lives.

Male Health Update (adult groups)

This one-hour workshop is designed to explore the male reproductive anatomy as well as answer many common questions that men have, but might not feel comfortable asking. What should I expect at en exam? How do they test for STIs? Hernia? Prostate? How should I prepare? Group discussion prepares men for these important screenings and exams. Risk factors, techniques for performing a self testicular exam, signs and symptoms, and condom use skills are addressed. Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV/AIDS and Safer Sex

When young people engage in sexual activity, they face many risks. Identifying these risks, teens can learn skills to protect themselves, act responsibly, and be as safe as possible. This program discusses a full range of sexually transmitted infections and explores ways to protect against transmission. Safer sex practices will be discussed including the correct use of condoms and dental dams.


This program addresses the current phenomena hitting our communities and our schools: Sexting-the act of taking, sending, or receiving explicit pictures of a minor via cell phone or the internet. Program can be conducted assembly-style for students, in Table Talk workshops, for Parent Groups and for professionals (entitled “The Sexting Issue in Schools: How to become a Sextpert Educator”).

Sexual Diversity

Homophobia and discrimination can have profound negative effects on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people (GLBT), and especially on GLBT young people. Young people can grow up in an environment of overwhelmingly negative messages about being gay or lesbian, and school years can be the hardest. This program is designed to dispel myths and stereotypes, understand the components of sexual identity, and distinguish the difference between sexuality and sexual orientation.

Women’s Health Update (adult groups)

This 90-minute workshop is designed to dispel myths, educate and encourage discussion in a relaxed and fun way. Participants will explore the female reproductive anatomy as well as learn the answers to many common questions: When to go to the gynecologist? What should I expect at each exam? Do the screenings hurt? How should I prepare? Group discussion prepares women for these important screenings and exams. Risk factors, signs and symptoms, and what to expect if a lump is detected are also covered during the presentation.