Developmental age 13-15 years 7-9th grade
a week long day camp 11AM-4PM
90 minute Sessions
The messages in each lesson are transmitted through a wide range of activities, games, and discussions, giving participants the chance to explore their own ideas and feelings, while recognizing common experiences as well as diverse perspectives among their peer group.
1: What Is Sexuality?
- Sexuality is much more than sex; it is complex and broad, it is a universal human experience, and it is positive and life-enhancing.
2: The Language of Sexuality
- There is a wide range of language used to describe anatomy and sex acts
- How we talk about sex and sexuality affects how we think about it; for this class, we will use scientific terms.
3: Anatomy and Physiology
- Participants learn correct names and functions of male and female body parts.
1: Body Image
- We all receive messages from many sources about what our bodies “should” be.
- Attitudes and feelings about our bodies can shape our sense of self and our decisions.
2: Gender Identity
- Biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation are all different components of sexual identity and align differently for different people.
- Participants learn ways to be supportive and respectful of transgender people.
3: Gender Expression, Roles, and Stereotypes
- Gender-role expectations, messages, and stereotypes hurt and confine people of all gender identities.
1: Sexual Orientation
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and asexual orientations are all normal, but continue to face discrimination and ignorance.
2: Healthy Relationships
- The group identifies characteristics of a healthy relationship and a caring, supportive romantic partner.
3: Relationship Skills
- Attentive listening, asserting your own wants and needs, and setting appropriate boundaries are skills that enhance both romantic relationships and friendships.
1: Sexuality, Social Media and the Internet
- Technology can enhance both personal knowledge and interpersonal relationships, but requires understanding of appropriate use and care for personal safety and respect for others.
2: Redefining Abstinence
- Abstinence excludes high-risk sexual behaviors, but still allows for many safe and healthy sexual behaviors, such as masturbation and “outercourse” (non-penetrative mutual stimulation).
3: Consent Education
- Everyone has the right to consent or not consent, in any situation and any relationship.
- Sexual violation can take many forms; participants will gain tools for handling these situations, standing up for themselves, and respecting the rights of others.
1: Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Participants gain a basic understanding of the symptoms, effects, and treatment options for the most common sexually transmitted infections.
- All people have the right and the obligation to make responsible sexual choices, and this responsibility extends to caring for the health and wellbeing of their partners.
2: Contraception and Safer Sex
- The group learns many methods for protecting against pregnancy and STIs, including how to put on and remove a condom safely.
- Participants evaluate different sexual behaviors based on their risk for unintended pregnancy and transmission of STIs.
3: Sexual Decision Making
- Teens make choices about sexual behavior for many reasons; participants consider what informs these decisions, and how to evaluate and articulate them.
We are always happy to have further conversations with parents who would like more clarity or detail on any session.