UNDER THE CURRENTS

Cole Williams Awarded 2019 Outstanding Former Teen Parent

Date: September 12th, 2019
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Healthy Teen Network

Healthy Teen Network is pleased to announce that Colbert (Cole) Williams has been selected to receive the Healthy Teen Network 2019 Outstanding Former Teen Parent Award. The Outstanding Former Teen Parent Award is presented to a former teen parent who has overcome the challenges of early parenting to achieve extraordinary personal and/or professional success. Typically,…

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How Can I Be Gender-Inclusive with Students?

Date: August 26th, 2019
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Guest Blog Post by Kim Westheimer While gender diversity is not a new thing, the way we talk and think about gender continues to rapidly evolve. If you teach puberty or other health education classes, you may have many questions about how best to be gender-inclusive with students:   “How should I talk about bodies…

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Doulas Are Helping Mothers Have Healthier Births

Date: August 19th, 2019
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Ella Dorval Hall

By Ella Dorval Hall “A skilled doula empowers a woman to communicate her needs and perceptions and actualize her dream of a healthy, positive birth experience” (Gruber, Cupito, S., & Dobson, C., 2013). Research has shown that support from a doula has an array of positive benefits for the mother and baby. Studies found that…

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What Do You Really Think About Sex? Understand Your Sexological Worldview

Date: August 14th, 2019
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Ella Dorval Hall

By Ella Dorval Hall We all have our own feelings, attitudes, values, and beliefs about sex and sexuality, formed over the course of our lifetimes. But how often do we get to reflect and examine what we really think about sex? A Sexual Attitude Reassessment, or SAR, is an opportunity to consider your sexological worldview…

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Core Skills in Sex Ed: Training to Put the Professional Learning Standards in Practice

Date: August 8th, 2019
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Guest Blog Post by Jeff Gould The Professional Learning Standards for Sex Education were released earlier this year by the Sex Education Collaborative (SEC), a collaboration of 20 national, regional, and state-based organizations with extensive experience training educators to teach school-based sex education. The standards provide a comprehensive overview of core skills, attitudes, and content knowledge…

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The Church and State: What I Can Do Now to Promote Sex+

Date: August 5th, 2019
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Healthy Teen Network

Get to know the #HealthyTeen19 Featured Speakers: For the closing session of the 2019 conference on Wednesday, October 30, facilitator Jennifer Driver, and panelists Tanya Bass, Brittany Broaddus-Smith, and Shawn Kelly will challenge you on how you can work together with groups who are consistently left out of the sex-positive discussion. Policymakers, schools, and faith communities are…

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Melanin Poppin’: Colorblind Politics Plaguing Sexuality Education

Date: July 30th, 2019
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Healthy Teen Network

Get to know the #HealthyTeen19 Featured Speakers: On Tuesday, October 29th, keynote speaker Dr. Donna Oriowo will remind us that when it comes to sex ed, the one size fits all technique is about as old as a black and white television in a world where melanin is poppin’ and wants to be seen in its full color.…

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Sex-Positivity: It’s Super Simple

Date: July 23rd, 2019
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Healthy Teen Network

Get to know the #HealthyTeen19 Featured Speakers: Erin Basler and Kira Manser are kicking off the conference on Monday, October 28th at 4:00 PM with their session, “Sex-Positivity: It’s Super Simple.” This session will get us into the “sex-positive mindset” by building a group definition of sex-positivity that considers all identities and looks critically at our…

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Inclusive Sex-Positivity

Date: July 11th, 2019
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Guest Blog Post by Capri Fiello Sex-positivity, which the Feminist Majority Foundation defines as “celebrating healthy sexual relationships, diversity within those relationships, bodily autonomy, and empowering individuals to control their own sex life (or lack thereof),” is incredibly important in supporting adolescents’ sexual development. When sex-positivity is both inclusive and comprehensive, it shifts the paradigm…

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How Youth-Friendly Are Your Services?

Date: July 1st, 2019
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Gina Desiderio

Youth are often hesitant or unable to access adequate health services, especially when it comes to reproductive and sexual health. Reasons that youth do not receive care include lack of knowledge about services, inability to go to the clinic during operating hours, poor knowledge about health consequences, concern over privacy, and inability to pay. Adolescence…

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