Today I taught my last class of the school year ... a 6th grade puberty education class. I've been teaching puberty and sexuality education in 5th through 12th grade classrooms for 10 years in NH, where we have one of the very lowest teen pregnancy rates in the country.
Our program works and we know why. We also know what needs to happen next to make our rates even lower.
Unfortunately, we are waiting to hear the final figures for our FY 2011 budget that goes into effect on July 1. We are expecting a hefty cut in our clinic and outreach budget that will more than likely eliminate our 5th through 7th grade programs as well as our parent eexuality education programs.
These program cuts will impact our outcomes in a negative way. There's no way around it.
Rather than wait for the axe to fall, I decided to follow along the path of many of the older kids I work with. Use technology to make a difference in the world.
I am pleased to announce my new 12 week online educational series for parents titled:
The Sex Talk Series for Parents: A Guide for Talking With Your Kids
To read more about this unique online program that will coach you through the Sex Talk AND get a free copy of my eBook TOP 10 Resource Guide to Support and Inspire Teens, visit http://www.talkingwithtrish.com/the-sex-talk-series-for-parents.html
To learn more about how federal and state budget cuts are impacting school based sexuality education programs, listen to this 5 minute audio clip.
It is imperative that kids get age appropriate, comprehensive sexuality education to support personal empowerment, a foundation for health decision making and healthy attitudes towards sexuality and relationships.
The United States has the highest teen pregnancy rate in all of the developed countries. It is high time we stop making this a values argument and start take action based on what's really going on with our teens and what we know works.
We'll get there someday. But in the meantime, parents must assume more repsonsibility and a more active role in educating their kids about sexuality.
And I'm glad to provide a program that will support that role ... in a fun, focused, convenient and affordable way!
Transition on Purpose