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Foundations: Core Skills Training for Sex Ed

Take your Sex Ed teaching skills from Good to GREAT!

The Foundations Training Initiative is a nationally-recognized model for providing core skills training that was developed by Answer and Cardea Services.  The goal of the Foundations Training Initiative is to ensure that all educators tasked with teaching sexuality education are equipped with the skills needed to effectively facilitate student learning, create safe and inclusive classroom environments and provide opportunities for meaningful skill-building and values exploration, regardless of the specific curriculum or grade-level that they teach.

For more information contact:

Jill Baker, Director of Learning

[email protected]

Making Proud Choices Curriculum Training:

Making Proud Choices is an 8-module sex education curriculum developed for middle and high school aged youth that has been proven effective. The goal of the program is to reduce sexual risk taking behaviors emphasizing the use of condoms and empowering teens to make their own decisions about how they can be sexually healthy.

Planned Parenthood of Montana (PPMT) has implemented the Making Proud Choices (MPC) curriculum, with cultural adaptations, with Native American youth on three reservations in Montana during the past six years. The results of the program include a positive change in attitudes, beliefs and perceptions towards sex as well as an increase in use of condoms and birth control with the youth who reported to be sexually active. At the same time, the teen birth rates have decreased in the counties where the curriculum has been implemented. 

For further information contact:

Jill Baker, PPMT Director of Learning: [email protected]

Nona Main, Educator, Native Outreach: [email protected]

 

 

Additional Information on Sexuality and Health Education Information:

 Advocates for Youth:

This website offers many fact sheets about sexual health education for youth as well as lesson plans and programming.

Sex, Etc.

A straightforward site written and produced by teens for teens. Sex, Etc., talks about love, sex abstinence, contraception, AIDS, STDs, drugs, drinking, violence and health topics.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute

Provides access to its publications and mechanism for searching back issues of the periodical, Family Planning Perspectives.

EngenderHealth

Solid facts are provided on contraceptive options, including temporary, permanent, and special needs. Good links lead visitors to recent publications, working papers, and issues in the news.

SIECUS

Posts texts of many of its publications. A special section for parents offers such topics as "Communication Tips for Parents" and "Kids Online: What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Children from Cyberspace." Some topics are also available in Spanish.

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Current information on gay and lesbian issues is presented at this site from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Links are included to general information, press releases, articles, and upcoming events.

Sexual Assault Information

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. This site provides statistics, counseling resources, prevention tips, news and more.

National Abortion Federation

This site provides information on abortion and referrals, plus pro-choice political updates and information on how you can get involved in keeping your right to choose.

 

Montana Organizations:

Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

This site offers facts and statistics about domestic and sexual violence in Montana.

Montana Women Vote

Montana Women Vote is a coalition of ten state-level organizations that share a common goal of educating and mobilizing low-income women, many of whom have never voted, to participate in the democratic process. Member organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Montana, address issues of economic self-sufficiency, domestic violence and sexual assault, the environment, and reproductive rights.

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

A source for Montana information and statistics.