UNDER THE CURRENTS

Too Much and Not Enough

Date: September 22nd, 2020
By:

Gina Desiderio

It feels like too much.  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, September 18, 2020. Her death is a loss for our nation, and her life and legacy deserve their due time for reverence and mourning. There are many, many outstanding reflections already to help us honor Ginsburg and her lifetime of achievements.   Running…

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5 Tips for Teaching Sex Ed Remotely

Date: September 14th, 2020
By:

Valerie Sedivy
To support educators navigating a new virtual learning environment this fall, the Sex Education Collaborative has released a short video sharing 5 tips for teaching sex education remotely! In addition to the video, educators can find resources to support their teaching efforts via the online Training Hub at SexEducationCollaborative.org. The SEC website gathers trusted trainings and…
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Seven Things We’ve Learned from Leading Live Virtual Events

Date: August 28th, 2020
By:

Valerie Sedivy

Like everyone else, we’ve been making the mad dash to convert our previously-planned live events to virtual events. We’ve run these events quite a few times since then, and along the way, we’ve learned about making these events engaging, and even, dare we say, enjoyable: Live virtual programs have some upsides. Our participants tell us…

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What’s the Deal with Porn?

Date: August 27th, 2020
By:

Healthy Teen Network

Bring up pornography in any conversation, and you may just get an awkward silence…bring it up with sex educators, and you never know what you’re going to get. It’s complicated, to say the least. We know young people are watching porn, and technology makes it easier than ever with fast connections and ubiquitous smartphones. It’s…

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Self-Care for Stressful Times

Date: August 12th, 2020
By:

Carol Partonen
It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? A global pandemic. Political upheaval. Civil revolution. The murder hornets that surely are due back any day now (see the principle of Chekhov's gun.) All that on top of all of our individual concerns: our families, children, and friends; our employment, food, and shelter; our mental health, physical…
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Welcome (again!), Ella

Date: July 30th, 2020
By:

Ella Dorval Hall

We are delighted to announce the latest addition to the Healthy Teen Network team, Ella Dorval Hall. She has served as an intern and consultant with us for the past year and proved to be so valuable that we begged her to join us. Ella will serve as a Capacity Building Specialist, working on instructional…

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Helping LGBTQ+ Youth Navigate COVID-19

Date: July 24th, 2020
By:

Allison Tomai Felsen
Well, here we are. It’s almost August and we’re still battling the COVID-19 pandemic. That short, sigh of relief we had when things began to reopen is over. In fact, cases in the US have surpassed FOUR MILLION. Let that sink in for a minute. Here in Baltimore, indoor dining has been suspended again, and…
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Tips for Communication with Teens Remotely

Date: July 16th, 2020
By:

Elise Schuster
Guest Blog Post by Elise Schuster It’s become increasingly clear that our new normal is going to involve a lot of connecting remotely. While there are many professions where this switch has been seamless, for those working with young people, the shift to remote services has changed every aspect of working life.  Anyone who works…
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What am I willing to do differently to support Black lives?

Date: July 10th, 2020
By:

Ella Dorval Hall
SisterSong defines Reproductive Justice as “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.”   The term Reproductive Justice was coined in 1994 when a group of Black women called the Women of African Descent for Reproductive Justice met on the matter of the individual choice to plan…
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Title IX: Protect Your Rights

Date: June 23rd, 2020
By:

Deborah Chilcoat
Discrimination against pregnant and parenting students is alive and well...and could be getting worse! In February, attorney generals from 19 states and the District of Columbia sent Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, a letter expressing their “strong opposition” to proposed changes to Title IX. It’s a juicy one, too! They make the case that the…
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