The Youth Sexual Health Equity Program provides sexuality classes for students, families and educators to help youth make informed decisions about their sexual health. Our classes are age-appropriate, culturally encompassing, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer inclusive.
We work with every school district in the county as well as several community-based organizations, residential treatment centers and the juvenile detention center.
In addition to teaching youth, we also offer workshops to parents, caregivers, teachers and other caring adults so that they may become more comfortable speaking with youth about sexual health.
Our course curriculum:
- Is medically accurate
- Meets specific Oregon Health Education Standards for high school students
- Has evolved from more than 20 years of working with staff, students and families
Our trained health educators use a fun, interactive teaching style that keeps kids and parents engaged.
Middle and High Schools
Our health educators can come to your school to teach students about healthy relationships, and how to prevent sexually transmitted infections and unintended teen pregnancies.
- Communication and refusal skills
- Pregnancy prevention
- Gender identity and sexual orientation
- STI/HIV education
- Reproductive health
- Adolescent development
- Sexual health rights and gender equality
Where We Work
Some alternative schools and school districts we have worked with include:
- Portland Public
- David Douglas
We also work in residential treatment centers
Free. We can come to any middle or high school in Multnomah County. All materials are provided.
Presentation time and commitment varies, based on the curricula being used. Programming can be adapted to fit regular class schedules. Staff are available Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. To have us come to your school, call 503-988-3030.
Sexuality Education Support
Our health educators can come to your school or organization to train and coach school teachers and staff (grades 7-12) on our sexual health curriculum. Our curriculum supports teachers to teach evidence-based sexuality education.
There is no cost for our services. To have us come to your school, call 503-988-3030.
Workshops for Parents and Caring Adults
Our workshops for parents, foster parents and other caring adults can help you to talk to young people about sex, sexuality and healthy relationships. You’ll explore ways to have successful conversations with your child about healthy sexuality and relationships.
You’ll also get to practice skills needed to work with young people with a variety of different life experiences, including foster youth who have experienced abandonment and other trauma.
Workshops are facilitated using popular education teaching methods. The facilitator and participants work collectively to complete various activities.
- What is healthy sexual development for children and young people?
- How do we talk about sexuality and values with young people?
- How do we talk to teens about healthy friendships and romantic relationships?
- What do lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth need to know about healthy relationships and sex?
- How do we talk to young people about preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections?
To schedule a workshop for your school or church parent group, call us at 503-988-3030.
Our health educators are available to table at your next health fair or community event. Call us at 503-988-3030.
- Centers for Disease Control/Healthy Youth
- Fostering Media Connections (Raising Foster Youth)
- Portland PFLAG (Raising LGTBQ Youth)
- Love Is Respect
- Planned Parenthood - Tools for Parents
- Oregon Adolescent and School Health Program
- The Rational Enquirer Publication, by Oregon Public Health
- Fault Line, by C. Desir
- Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
- What We Saw, by Aaron Hartzler
- Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape, by Peggy Orenstein
About Our Staff
Our trained health educators love interacting with youth in the classroom setting and engaging parents in meaningful ways. They use their expertise in working with youth and backgrounds in public health to support individuals in getting the information, skills and tools they need to achieve their health goals.
Our team is passionate about working for the community, deeply committed to advocacy and to engaging, educating and empowering communities of color.
Youth Sexual Health Equity Program