Students will understand the term “puberty” and why it happens. They will learn about the physical and emotional changes brought on by hormones in their body. They will learn the importance of maintaining good health by taking care of their needs each day. They will also understand the power of their words and actions and how they might affect others. Change is hard, but it doesn’t have to be scary. Students will learn that this time of their life is a natural and normal part of growing up.
(modules include: puberty, physical and emotional changes, good health, how words and actions affect others, personal hygiene)
Students are taught what to expect as they progress through puberty: physical, emotional, social and mental changes. They are encouraged not to be in a hurry to grow up and make adult decisions. They learn about the steps of affection, delaying gratification, the importance of choosing friends that encourage good decision making, and how the media influences thoughts and decisions. Students also learn how STIs are spread and the myths are dispelled. HIV is discussed in detail. Each day, students are encouraged to share the day’s lesson with their parents.
(modules include: abstinence, positive relationships, anatomy, development of reproductive system, emotional needs, maturity, immediate gratification, decision-making by goal setting, love, crushes, setting limits, abuse, possible physical, emotional, mental consequences of sexual involvement, basic STI information- including HIV (definition, transmission, prevention), social maturity, peer influence, effects of media)
Students are taught the importance of respecting self and others, as well as the valuable impact of setting goals, volunteering, and making good decisions. They learn that some decisions can steer them off course, causing them to delay or lose sight of attaining those goals. Students learn about peer pressure, how STIs are spread from person to person, and the dangers of sexting, social media and sharing passwords. During the week of instruction, students are expected to ask parents for their family house rules regarding dating, curfews, being home alone, etc.
(modules include: respect, setting and achieving goals, abstinence, decision-making, developing a plan to reach goals, developing a plan to be abstinent, powerful bond of sex, possible consequences of premarital sex, STI information, condom information, setting limits, refusal skills, personal value and thoughts on body image, media pressures, dangers of sexting and sextortion, spoken and unspoken peer pressure, pornography)
Students are guided to assess themselves in order to stand against pressure from society and peers. Students learn to identify when a healthy relationship begins to become unhealthy. The realities of teen pregnancy are discussed, including the financial, emotional, and social implications. Students learn tips for enhancing communication with parents and adult mentors. They learn to identify the people in their lives who can help them with problems and learn a problem-solving tool. Students practice refusal skills in the classroom to help learn how to abstain from risky situations. Students learn that the benefits of waiting for sexual activity until marriage are numerous and delaying sexual activity until they are in a committed relationship as an adult is the best choice for their overall health.
(modules include: abstinence/secondary abstinence, steps of physical affection, personal values and beliefs, unhealthy/healthy relationships, the power of groups, recognition of peer influence, types/symptoms of STIs, parental responsibilities and qualities, consequences of teen pregnancies and STIs, communication with parents, adult mentors, problem-solving, decision making, recognize strengths and abilities, setting boundaries to avoid peer pressure)
High school students are challenged to think critically about decisions that could affect their future. They are shown the importance of taking the time to get to know someone before trusting him/her. We discuss how getting to know someone and trusting and relying on that person can create attachments. We explain the different levels of commitment and physical touch that also create strong attachments and can make it difficult to look for healthy or unhealthy patterns in behavior. Students develop their own compatibility chart to see qualities they are looking for in a future spouse. Detailed STI information, including actual pictures, is discussed. Communication skills are practiced to see the best way to resolve an argument. Every student receives a booklet for note taking, with additional information on each topic, including ideas for creative dates.