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Planned Parenthood

Santa Barbara, Ventura & San Luis Obispo Counties

Education and Training

Planned Parenthood Health Education Programs
Bilingual (English/Spanish) community health educators provide age-appropriate, culturally-sensitive and medically-accurate sexuality education and information to women, men, teens and families throughout Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties to help them make the healthy decisions necessary to build a strong and healthy future.

School- and Community-Based Sex Education

Schools serve as an important environment for equipping young people with the knowledge and skills they need to live healthy lives. More than 90 percent of parents and teens support sex education in schools. Community health educators provide comprehensive sexuality education in school and community settings.


  • Comprehensive Sexuality Education Series (CSES)
    Community health educators deliver comprehensive sexuality education in an engaging multimedia format, equipping teens with the information and tools they need to stay safe and postpone pregnancy until they are ready. Each presentation includes the opportunity to ask anonymous questions that get to the heart of young people’s concerns. When possible, a Positively Speaking guest speaker is scheduled for the final session; Otherwise, an HIV documentary is screened.

 Topics Include: Parent-Child Communication, Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation, Reproductive Anatomy, Healthy Relationships, Consent, Contraception, Sexually Transmitted Infection and HIV Prevention


  • Positively Speaking
    Positively Speaking offers a unique opportunity for students to hear the life experiences of people from diverse backgrounds living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Speakers share their stories before, during and after diagnosis, bringing a personal dimension to prevention education. The program builds compassion for people living with HIV/AIDS.


Peer Education
One of the most successful ways to effect change in a community is through peer education. Peer educators receive rigorous training about a range of sexuality topics and community resources. A vital part of these programs is teaching participants how to effectively share the knowledge they acquire with family and friends, and connecting them with needed services.


  • Amigo(a) á Amigo(a) (Ventura County)
    Our Amigo(a) á Amigo(a) high school peer educators receive 15 hours of initial training and 5 hours of booster training. They disseminate information learned about reproductive health, intimate partner violence and sexual assault with their friends and family members, making referrals to services, as needed.
  • Amigas Positivas (South Santa Barbara County)
    Our Amigas Positivas high school peer education program is modeled on the same principles of our Amigo(a) á Amigo(a) program. The program is implemented in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center.

  • Promotores(as) Comunitarios(as) (North Santa Barbara County)
    Adult Latino(a) and Spanish-speaking peer educators receive 40 hours of comprehensive sexuality education and training, with an emphasis on HIV prevention. Promotores(as) share the information learned with their communities, including their friends and family members, with whom they have the greatest influence. They serve as role models, promoting healthy social sexual norms and providing emotional and practical support to peers. Throughout their outreach, they receive 10 hours of booster training and support in linking peers to services, including HIV testing.

Professional Trainings
Community health educators offer customized presentations to professionals serving youth in our communities. 

Community Outreach
Community health educators, Public Affairs staff, Promotores(as) Comunitarios(as), and volunteers collaborate to have a presence at community health and resource fairs, offering information about sexuality and Planned Parenthood services.

For more information, call Anna Lopez at (805) 722-1525.

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Education and Training