Our Educational Focus:
Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida recognizes the critical role of comprehensive sexuality education in reducing the rate of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) including HIV. We deliver comprehensive and medically accurate information that empowers women, men, teens, and families to make informed decisions and lead healthy lives. To accomplish this, we use the most sophisticated instrument in medicine: accurate information through our various programs. Our innovative health education and teen outreach programs teach young people how to make healthy decisions, and train teachers, parents, and caregivers how to have honest, open discussions with the young people in their lives.
¡Cuídate! means “take care of yourself,” which is the theme of this culturally-based program designed to reduce HIV risk among Hispanic youth. The ¡Cuídate! curriculum is a cultural and theory-based HIV sexual risk-reduction program designed specifically for Hispanic youth.
This program emphasizes healthy relationships, adolescent development and healthy life skills by promoting risk reduction strategies such as sexual abstinence and condom use through activities that allow youth to: acquire reliable information about HIV/AIDS; develop attitudes that support safer sex decision-making; build skills to abstain from sex and use condoms correctly; and reinforce confidence in their ability to practice safer sex (self-efficacy).
Locations: PPSENFL offers ¡Cuídate! in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties in-school and community-based settings.
Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH)
Family Life and Sexual Health (FLASH) is a comprehensive science- based sexuality education curriculum developed by Public Health Seattle-King County and designed to prevent teen pregnancy, STDs and sexual violence. The curriculum includes a strong family involvement component, creating opportunities for families to talk with their children about important sexual health topics. It is inclusive and highly interactive, including examples and activities that will resonate with youth from a variety of geographical regions, racial identities, and sexual orientations.
FLASH lessons prepare students to abstain from sex, use condoms and birth control when they do have sex, confirm consent before engaging in sexual activity, and communicate with their families about sexual health.
Locations: PPSENFL offers FLASH in Duval, Alachua, Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties in before- and after-school, in-school, and community based settings.
Leaders Igniting a Generation of Healthy Teens (LIGHT)
The Leaders Igniting a Generation of Healthy Teens (LIGHT) is a sexual health peer education program for students in Broward County. LIGHT sexual health education program is designed to increase students’ knowledge, skills, and behaviors associated with avoiding an unintended pregnancy, HIV, STIs, and other health issues. It also seeks to create a climate that supports healthy decision-making and advocacy skills among young people while building a pipeline to leadership.
Location: PPSENFL offers LIGHT in Broward County, in a community-based setting.
Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®)
PPSENFL is a certified replication partner of Wyman's TOP® Program.
Wyman's Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®) is an evidence-based program that empowers teens with the tools and opportunities needed to avoid risky behaviors – like teen pregnancy – and become leaders with a powerful vision for their future.
TOP® promotes positive development through a combination of curriculum guided group discussion and engagement in community service learning. Topics covered include: values, communication, goal setting, sexual health, relationships, peer pressure, and decision-making.
Teens who participate in TOP® are:
- 52% less likely to be at risk of a school suspension
- 60% less likely to be at risk of failing a course
- 53% less likely to be at risk for getting pregnant or fathering a child
- 60% less likely to be at risk of dropping out of school
Locations: PPSENFL offers TOP® in Duval, Alachua, Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties in before- and after-school, in-school, and community based settings.
Time for Your Teen
One of PPSENFL’s most important goals is to engage parents in the effort to help their children develop healthy, responsible attitudes and practices related to sex and reproduction. PPSENFL knows that parents and caregivers are the primary sexuality educators of their children. To grow into sexually healthy adults, young people need skills and information to help them delay sexual activity and to protect themselves when they do become sexually active. Time for Your Teen, an adaptable 4-session program, is designed to promote parent-child communication and healthy adolescent sexual development. Time for Your Teen workshops diminish the anxiety many parents feel when talking with their children about sexuality by teaching them concrete skills. Time for Your Teen workshops also encourage parents to use these important conversations to communicate their own values to their children.
Locations: PPSENFL offers Time for Your Teen ®in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties, in various community-based settings.