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Sex Education in Iowa

Trained educators throughout Iowa 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.

Families Talking Together

Families Talking Together gives parents/caregivers the tools they need to break down communication barriers and build closeness with their children. By initiating conversations, opening the door to candid discussions and—more importantly— showing a willingness to listen, parents can ensure their child gets accurate information about healthy relationships, sex and how to protect themself.

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Teen Council

Teen Council is made up of diverse students from local high schools in the Des Moines area. They strive to create a council with members who have different beliefs, viewpoints, and backgrounds; and they actively work to build a group that is anti-racist, anti-sexist, and anti-homophobic. No prior knowledge about sexual health and prevention issues is expected.

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Teen Outreach Program (TOP)

Teen Outreach Program promotes the positive development of adolescents through interactive group discussions, positive adult guidance, and support and community service-learning projects.  The curriculum is designed to help adolescents develop a positive self-image, effective life management skills, and achievable goals.

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Wise Guys

Wise Guys is a comprehensive sex education program designed specifically for males. The aim of the program is to promote male responsibility while helping to prevent teen pregnancy. The curriculum also works to strengthen communication between boys and their parents, increase knowledge related to sexual attitudes and the consequences of risky behavior, and enhances boys’ ability to identify personal values and beliefs related to sexuality.

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Power Through Choices

Through interactive knowledge- and skill-building activities, Power Through Choices is tailored for the special needs, situations, and concerns of youth in the systems of care. The curriculum addresses specific characteristics which may motivate these youth to become pregnant or engage in sexual risk-taking behavior.

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Draw the Line/Respect the Line

Draw the Line/Respect the Line provides students in grades 6, 7, and 8 with the knowledge and skills to prevent HIV, other STIs, and pregnancy. Using an interactive approach, the program shows students how to set personal limits and meet challenges to those limits. Lessons also include the importance of respecting others’ personal limits.

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Safer Choices

Safer Choices seeks to motivate behavioral change among high school students by addressing factors such as attitudes and beliefs (including self-efficacy), social skills (particularly refusal and negotiation skills), functional knowledge, social and media influences, peer norms, and parent/child communication.

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FLASH is a sex education curriculum developed for K-12 schools and special education classrooms. It explores puberty, abstinence, condoms and birth control, consent, sexual abuse and assault, family communication about sexual health and dating, sexual decision-making, and reproductive health care.

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3Rs (Rights, Respect, Responsibility)

Rights, Respect, Responsibility is a sex education curriculum that seeks to address both the functional knowledge related to sexuality and the specific skills necessary to adopt healthy behaviors. Rights, Respect, Responsibility speaks to three inherent values:

  • Rights: Youth have the inalienable right to honest sexual health information; confidential, consensual sexual health services; and equitable opportunities to reach their full potential.
  • Respect: Youth deserve respect. Valuing young people means authentically involving them in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies that affect their health and well-being.

Responsibility: Society has the responsibility to provide young people with all of the tools they need to safeguard their sexual health, and young people have the responsibility to protect themselves.

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