Tools for Educators
Implementing a sex education program can be challenging, but the benefits for your students make the challenge worth the effort. Sexual health education is about more than preventing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unplanned pregnancies. All youth need age-appropriate lessons that give them the knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions as they grow. Effective sexual health education includes content on healthy relationships, communication skills, understanding your personal and family values, human development and reproduction, and tolerance.
Choosing a Lesson Plan
To achieve the best results, we encourage you to implement a research-based, comprehensive sexual health curriculum.
We highly recommend lesson plans from the SIECUS Sex Ed Library, many of which teachers can easily implement in their classrooms. We especially like the FLASH lesson plans from the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy also has a database of programs shown to delay the initiation of sex, improve contraceptive use, and/or decrease teen pregnancy rates.
Answer provides online training and support for teachers to comfortably and effectively provide sexual health education. Teachers can earn professional credits from the ETR Associates Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (ReCAPP).
Advocates for Youth builds the capacity of schools and other youth-serving agencies to provide comprehensive sexual health education.
Sexual Health and Education Services in Western Tidewater: A Community Health Assessment (2018)
In January 2018, VLPP created a community assessment of sexual health and education services offered in the Western Tidewater region of southeast Virginia. This assessment tool can be used to inform schools and other youth-serving organizations about best practices and current trends. It can also be used to coordinate programs in a way that makes efficient use of resources while also making the greatest impact on the community.
Click here to view the assessment: Sexual Health and Education Services in Western Tidewater: A Community Health Assessment (January 2018)
Richmond Area Sexuality Network
The Richmond Area Sexuality Network is a group of professionals, community members, and advocates who are interested in the field of sexual health. RASN’s mission is to explore, support, and promote a complex understanding of sexuality through networking, cross training, and community education. If you are interested in joining, please contact [email protected].