Planned Parenthood of New York City trains local parents to be Adult Role Models who lead workshops for parents and other caring adults on how to talk with children and teens about sexuality. Adult Role Models reach out to fellow parents wherever they find them -- in churches, GED programs, community organizations, and schools. Adult Role Models workshops diminish the anxiety many parents feel when talking with their children about sexuality by teaching them concrete skills. Adult Role Models workshops also encourage parents to use these important conversations to communicate their own values to their children.
The Adult Role Models workshop series is fun, interactive, and free of charge.
Interested in developing a similar program? See the Manual for Adult Role Models Program.
To schedule English or Spanish workshops in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or the Bronx, please call: (212) 274-7362.
The four workshops offered by Adult Role Models are:
“Talking to Your Children about the Facts of Life” is a two-hour workshop designed to help parents talk with their children about sexuality. The workshop will introduce parents to this sensitive topic and show them how to answer tough questions and use everyday opportunities to start conversations about sexuality.
“Child Development and Sexuality” is a one-hour and thirty-minute workshop that takes parents through the stages of child sexual development and explores how they can help their children to become sexually healthy and responsible adults.
“Opening the Lines of Communication” is a one-hour and thirty-minute workshop that helps parents to identify the sexuality messages they want to send to their children and the best way to communicate those messages.
“It Takes More Than Talk” is a one-hour and thirty-minute workshop focusing on the importance of combining good communication with parental monitoring and other behaviors that support and enhance the bond between parent and child. This workshop will also help parents respond to the growing relationship that children have with technology, including cellphones and social networking sites on the Internet.
The Adult Role Models Program is supported by the New York State Community-Based Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CBAPP) initiative.