Each Fall, the Alliance holds a conference to educate youth development workers, health educators, and health providers about current topics regarding teen pregnancy, STD prevention, and teen parenting. It is a day of intense education, skill-building, resource sharing, support, sharing, and networking.
This conference is open health educators, community educators, teachers, professors, nurses, scholars, social workers, therapists, counselors, the list goes on and on. “The National Sex Ed Conference is a place for sex educators to build community, learn new creative and cutting-edge approaches, and collectively envision the future of our field.”
The Adolescent Sexuality Health Conference is a conference that covers a variety of important issues that influence how adolescents deal with their sexuality. Previous and current topics include but are far from limited to comprehensive sexuality education, abstinence, problems associated with abstinence-only education, sexology, how to connect parents with their youth, rape, coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community, benefits of condoms, HIV/AIDS and other STI awareness, empowering youth, and building healthy relationships with teens.
This is a list of countless conferences funded by the Office of Adolescent Health. The conferences address a variety of topics regarding adolescent sexual health and sexuality. Topics have included how to appropriately interpret data about youth, teen pregnancy prevention, promoting health equity, sexual education programs, strategies for engaging youth, leadership and capacity building, how to engage parents with their teens, how to prevent dating abuse, issues of sexuality, gender norms, and positive youth development programs.
This conference addresses adolescent sexual and reproductive health and the needs of parenting teens. “Healthy Teen Network showcases innovative strategies and research focused on adolescent sexual health, pregnant and parenting teens, and building the capacity of youth-serving organizations to sustain themselves for years to come.”
Each year, the RI HIV Prevention Coalition puts on the Got UR Game On? Conference. These conferences welcome any providers, educators, and other community leaders in Rhode Island, and is intended to help them gain insights and improve their skills related to interacting with youth about sexual health issues.
Rules, Regulations, and The Basics
Here, we provide you with both national and RI education standards, as well as information about relevant policy and legislation in the state. This includes health education, sexuality education, and freedom from discrimination, bullying, and dating violence. We also provide news on national legislation and policies as well as local information. We’ve worked had to collect and synthesize this information, so let us know if you have any feedback/updates to add!
In the United States, sexuality education is most commonly taught within the health education curriculum at the middle and high school levels. The Teacher Preparation Standards will better prepare undergraduate pre-service students in providing high-quality comprehensive sexuality education that is developmentally, culturally, and age appropriate.
The development of the Teacher Preparation Standards is part of the ongoing Future of Sex Education (FoSE) Initiative to provide the next class of health education teachers the skills they need to become more knowledgeable and prepared on the topic of sex education. Click here to download the National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education PDF and visit the link above for more information and tools for implementation related to these standards.
SIECUS is the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. The SIECUS State Profile Rhode Island of Fiscal year 2011 Edition is intended to be a guide and beneficial resource for all members of the community, including educators, who are striving to implement more comprehensive sexuality approaches to education, and reduce the number of counteractive abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. This document also provides recent legislations, important youth sexual health data of Rhode Island, and breaks down federal funding received.
This document breaks down the mandated laws and regulations of all areas of health in schools in great detail, including sexuality education, sexually transmitted diseases education, and human growth and development education. Youth spend most of their time in school, so it is important that school personnel are trained effectively and efficiently in order to relay the proper information and message to all students.
Thrive is Rhode Island’s Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) and was founded in 1994 after receiving funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of the program is to prevent life-threatening health problems and to improve educational outcomes. Thrive provides information about all components of a healthy school, including a breakdown of sexuality education involving HIV/AIDS and STD’s, comprehensive sexuality programs, teen pregnancy, and the LGBTQ youth community.
The HECAT is provided by the CDC and is meant to help schools to conduct a clear and complete analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards. HECAT results aid schools in developing appropriate and effective health education curricula. Information on the curriucla of all components of school education is presented, including personal health and wellness, sexual health, violence prevention, and comprehensive health education.
Lesson Plans and Programs that Work
Advocates for Youth provides lesson plans for educators covering several reproductive and sexual health topics. These lesson plans can be implemented into an existing sexual health curriculum and to amplify science-based programs. Lesson plans are provided for such topics as healthy relationships, sexuality, sexual health, contraception, and sexual orientation and gender identity.
This document is provided by SIECUS, and includes programs currently being implemented in the United States that are evidence-based and more comprehensive approaches to pregnancy, HIV/STD prevention, and sexuality education. Most of the programs included on this resource list are recognized and identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health as evidence-based models.
The Rhode Island Alliance is a statewide organization committed to preventing teen pregnancy, and believes all areas of sexual health require a comprehensive approach. The organization lists a large number of programs and curricula that were proven effective by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Advocates for Youth launched the campaign Rights. Respect. Responsibility to empower both youth and adults to live in a society where sexuality is treated as a normal, healthy, positive aspect of every human being’s life. In order to effectively communicate with youth and have the skills to answer their questions and address their concerns, educators must build healthy youth-adult partnerships. These links define youth-adult partnerships, why they are important, and how to overcome the barriers to achieving them.
Bish UK is a qualified youth worker in the UK that works with youth, parents, educators, and practitioners with a goal to create healthy relationships and provide healthy sexual education. Bish UK has many teaching resources, including training courses, books, and leaflets. Bish interacts with his readers via many resources, like blogs, Facebook, Twitter, and anonymously through ask.fm. Bish has been teaching sex ed in school for years, and you can invite him for a personal training at any venue of your choosing. He has put several helpful resources out there, but Planet Porn is by far one of his highlights. It contains a special pack of resources for sex educators, teachers, parents, or youth workers wanting to discuss porn with teens. It is not pro-porn or anti-porn, but gives youth the skills to think about porn critically.
“Planet Porn is an amazing resource for opening up the topic and helping young people develop the media literacy and critical thinking skills they need to tell the difference between between sex on Planet Porn and sex on Planet Earth.” -Charlie Glickman, sexuality educator, author, speaker, and trainer
The Sex Ed Network provides countless lesson plans covering numerous topics in both English and Spanish that can be instantly printed. There is also a forum for educators from all over the world to converse, ask questions, and discuss important topics regarding sexual education.
This curriculum strives for a unified approach to sexuality, gender, HIV, and human rights education. It provides curriculum that places gender issues and human rights at the core of sex and HIV education. Activities are provided aimed to engage young people and empower them with critical thinking skills.