Children and teens often get confusing messages about healthy sexuality from their parents, friends, the media, and their school sex education program (if there is one).
If we want teens to grow up with a healthy attitude, and practice safe sex, then parents and teachers need to feel comfortable talking about this complex and emotionally charged topic.
Tune into “About Health” on 94.1FM or KPFA.org on October 12th from 2-3PM to join in the discussion. Call 510-848-4425 or 1-800-958-9008.
What does quality sexual health education in the schools look like? And what do parents need to give their kids accurate information to help them when they are young, and when they become sexually active?
The California Healthy Youth Act (AB 329), by Assembly member Shirley Weber, has passed! My guests will help you understand how it will strengthen existing requirements for HIV prevention education and sexual health education for all students.
My guests will be:
Anya Manes, a former high school science teacher for 11years. Her biology class also became a sex-ed class where she came to understand what kids knew and what they didn’t, and what kinds of social skills they lacked. Anya did her master’s coursework in education and completed the Interchange Counseling Institute’s training program. Anya has a coaching practice, teaching parents to talk to their kids about sex and relationships. You can find out more about her work at http://talkingaboutsex.com/
Also joining us is Phyllida Burlingame, the ACLU’s Reproductive Justice Policy Director. She sets the strategic direction for this work and engages in policy advocacy, research, and community organizing to secure passage of legislation and ensure its implementation.
A nationally recognized expert on sex education advocacy, she has led the ACLU-NC’s work on this issue since 2001. Her proudest moments at the ACLU include working with a broad coalition in 2013 to pass legislation expanding abortion access in California, galvanizing parents and students to win quality sex education from their local schools, and tackling the education barriers facing pregnant and parenting students in California’s Central Valley. She is also the steering committee chair of Bay Area Communities for Health Education and a member of California’s Adolescent Sexual Health Working Group and the Fresno Regional Foundation’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention committee. https://www.aclunc.org/staff/phyllida-burlingame