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-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. A Positively Speaking guest speaker may be scheduled for the final session.
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.
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.
- Promotoras Comunitarias (North Santa Barbara County)
Adult Latina and Spanish-speaking peer educators receive 40 hours of comprehensive sexuality education and training, with an emphasis on HIV prevention. Promotoras 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.
- Amiga á Amiga (Ventura County)
Our Amiga á Amiga 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.
Community health educators offer a customized series of presentations to professionals serving youth in our communities.
Community health educators, Public Affairs staff, Promotoras Comunitarias, and volunteers collaborate to have a presence at health and resource fairs, offering the community information about sexuality and Planned Parenthood services.
For more information or to make a request, call Anna Lopez at (805) 722-1525 or email [email protected]
Public Schools Project
The Public Schools Project was developed to assess the sexual health education being provided to students in local high schools. Some Planned Parenthood affiliates in California have audited the curricula of secondary high school districts to determine whether they were meeting the specifications for comprehensive sex education set forth in the California Education Code.
This website serves as a resource for parents, students, and educators interested in improving the sexual health education taught in their community.
Learn what's being taught in your school district and how you can ensure that the teens in your district are getting the information they need to be safe, make informed choices, and act responsibly.
For the Education Code criteria for comprehensive sexuality health education, and find local statistics about teen pregnancy and STI rates, visit www.publicschoolsproject.org.