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Sex Education in Minnesota

Trained educators throughout Minnesota provide sex education to youth and adults in their communities. Planned Parenthood is committed to providing sex education that is nonjudgmental, medically-accurate, and culturally responsive. Culturally specific education programming helps to remove barriers to growing healthier communities. All programming is free.

Programs for Youth

Youth programs build future leaders by giving teenagers reliable information about reproductive and sexual health that they can share with their friends and family, and connect youth with resources to stay healthy and make a difference in their community. Education programs for youth range from the opportunity to become a peer educator – sharing valuable reproductive health information to peers and family – to receiving tailored individual education about a variety of reproductive health topics. Participants receive reliable, accurate information they need to make responsible decisions and stay healthy.

Hmong STAR

Hmong STAR (Students Teaching About Responsibility) is a peer education program for Hmong youth ages 13-17 in the Twin Cities metropolitan area covering sex education topics such as reproductive anatomy, family planning, and healthy relationships. The program facilitator is bilingual in Hmong and English.

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Native STAND

Native STAND (Students Together Against Negative Decisions) is a peer education program for Native American youth ages 13-19 in the Bemidji and Duluth areas. Participants learn about sex education topics such as reproductive anatomy, family planning, and healthy relationships.

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¡Qué Onda! (What's Up!)

¡Qué Onda! (What’s Up!) is a peer education program for [email protected] youth ages 14-18 in Minneapolis and Richfield. Participants learn about sex education topics such as reproductive anatomy, family planning, and healthy relationships. Program facilitators are bilingual in Spanish and English.

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ROTO (Reach One Teach One)

ROTO (Reach One Teach One) is a peer education program for youth ages 13-18 offered in Minnesota. Participants learn about sex education topics such as reproductive anatomy, family planning, and healthy relationships.

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Safer Sex Intervention (SSI)

Safer Sex Intervention (SSI) is an innovative, evidence-based intervention that works to reduce sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancy among high-risk females ages 10-19 through ongoing one-on-one reproductive health education, motivational interviewing, and youth development. SSI is offered in partnership with Planned Parenthood’s Richfield and Rice Street clinics.

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Taking SHAPE

Taking SHAPE (Sexual Health and Prevention Education) is a series of reproductive and sexual health education classes delivered in collaboration with community partners to Native American youth and adults in the Bemidji and Duluth areas. Participants can learn about healthy relationships, health exams, STIs, anatomy and pregnancy through culturally-relevant discussion and structured activities.

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Teen Council

Teen Council is a comprehensive year-long youth development program in the Twin Cities, Rochester, and Duluth for youth in 10th to 12th grade. The program’s three main areas of focus are education, advocacy, and service. Council members contribute to their communities by giving formal classroom presentations to other teens, participating in community service projects, and advocating for reproductive rights.

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Youth Power

Youth Power is a peer education program for African immigrant youth ages 13-17 in the Twin Cities and Rochester areas. Participants learn about sex education topics such as reproductive anatomy, family planning, and healthy relationships.

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Programs for Adults

Adult program participants attend educational sessions on healthy sexuality and reproductive health and become trusted resources for information and education in their communities. Education programs for adults range from offering the chance to get valuable training on reproductive health to empowering parents to be their child’s primary sexuality educator. Participants build confidence about sexual health issues and become resources for their families and communities.

ASKK

ASKK (Anishinaabe Sexual Knowledge Keepers) is a Lay Health Advisor program for Native American adults in the Bemidji area. Participants learn about sex education topics such as reproductive anatomy, family planning, and healthy relationships.

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Entre Amigas (Among Girlfriends)

Entre Amigas (Among Girlfriends) is a Lay Health Advisor program for Latina women presented in Spanish and offered in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Participants learn about sex education topics such as family planning, STIs and HIV/AIDS, and healthy relationships.

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Open HEART

Open HEART (Health Education and Resources Training) is a Lay Health Advisor program for Southeast Asian adults in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. The program facilitator is bilingual in Hmong and English. Participants learn about sex education topics such as family planning, STIs and HIV/AIDS, and healthy relationships.

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Partnership Project

Partnership Project is a Lay Health Advisor program for African immigrant adults in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Participants learn about sex education topics such as family planning, STIs and HIV/AIDS, and healthy relationships.

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PASE (Parents Are Sexuality Educators) Forums

PASE (Parents Are Sexuality Educators) is a free class for parents who want to learn how to have comfortable, matter-of-fact conversations with their children or teens about sexuality.

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Parent-Child Retreats

Culturally-specific parent-child retreats are offered for mothers or female-identified mentors and their children, ages 10-12, in select locations for African immigrant, Native American, Hmong, and [email protected] communities in Minnesota. Activities are designed to support positive parent-child communication about puberty and sexuality and to emphasize the value of building healthy relationships.

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