Resources For Teachers and Educators
Thank you for all that you do to be great health educators and ensure our young people have the resources and information they need to make healthy decisions and lead healthy lives. In this section of the Virtual Teen Conference, you will find a few sample lesson plans on body image, healthy relationships, and STI prevention. There is also a lesson plan for you to help your students debrief and process their experiences at the Virtual Teen Conference.
Lesson Plan for the Teen Conference
For the past 20 years, the Teen Conference hosted by Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey (PPNCSNJ) has provided a dynamic and engaging day for high school students through the promotion of teen health, leadership, empowerment, and access to community resources.
COVID-19 limits the capacity to present an in-person experience, so PPNCSNJ’s education team has developed a Virtual Teen Conference with a rich program of asynchronous online learning. This lesson plan allows educators to check in on students’ experiences, and reinforce key learning elements synchronously through the use of an interactive online bingo card.
Free Lesson Plans from The Center for Sex Education
These lesson plans are just a selection of the hundreds of plans developed by our Center for Sex Education, which hosts the National Sex Ed Conference and publishes sex education teaching resources. Teachers with students participating in the conference may use the code STORE-TEENCONF for a 25% discount on teaching manuals at SexEdStore.com through the end of May 2022.
Forbidden! Words of Body Image
Body image is an important aspect of sexuality that can impact one's mental health, physical health and sexual functioning. A variety of lifespan factors can affect a person's body image; and it can be a challenging sexuality concept to address. Forbidden! is a guessing game that can facilitate a dialogue and familiarize individuals with terms associated with body image. Through the course of game play, participants will communicate words, phrases and sentences to describe aspects of body image.
The Condom Lineup
All too often education about condom use fails to address the many factors essential for correct and consistent use. The active involvement of participants in this lesson is designed to relieve their anxiety about using condoms by increasing their confidence in condoms as a reliable form of contraception and protection against sexually transmitted infections. The popular "Condom Line-Up" activity and follow-up discussion addresses how to use a condom correctly, and the "Opening Lines" exercise addresses the difficulty teens may have starting a discussion with a partner about using a condom.
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What Makes A Relationship Healthy?
Relationships are an integral part of human existence, however in many cases young people have not had an opportunity to learn about the components of healthy relationships and how to tell the difference between healthy and unhealthy behaviors. In addition, many teens have not had positive models of healthy relationships in their lives. This lesson explores the components of a healthy relationship, examines the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and provides an opportunity to practice making that distinction.
The Center for Sex Education (CSE) is dedicated to the proposition that all people have a right to education that will help them understand, appreciate, and take responsibility for their sexuality. Based in Morristown, NJ, it is the national education division of Planned Parenthood of Northern, Central, and Southern New Jersey. The CSE provides three core services in sexuality education:
Publishing sexuality education manuals used throughout the world. Guides address all ages, and nearly every topic in sex ed, providing sexuality educators with user-friendly, cost-effective lesson plans addressing puberty, healthy and unhealthy relationships, contraception, sexual safety, and much more. Visit SexEdStore.com.
Hosting the National Sex Ed Conference, the largest conference in the United States devoted exclusively to sexuality education. The conference features more than 100 speakers every year, including many of the leading voices in the field. See SexEdConference.com.
Providing membership services through the Sex Ed Network, an online resource that allows access to hundreds of downloadable lesson plans and complete access to the American Journal of Sexuality Education. Check out SexEdNetwork.com.
Advocates for Youth
Information and resources for young people, and training and technical assistance for the adults who support them. They have a lot of ways to get involved with different youth advocacy groups and campaigns so please check them out if you're looking to make a difference regarding youth sexual health and rights.
Girls Helping Girls. Period.
Partners with schools, food pantries, government offices and social services organizations to provide free menstrual products to those in need. They believe access to free, easy to access menstrual products for students is the responsibility of every school board and they work with students and schools to make that a reality.
Northern and Central NJ
Mentorship, scholarship, financial literacy, college preparation, community service and civic engagement. The Princess Foundation is here to be a viable source for young women of color to develop personal and professional skills, that can be transferable into adulthood.
Answer - Rutgers University
Answer is an organization at Rutgers University that runs the website www.sexetc.org with content written by teens for teens. Each year Answer hires and trains high school-aged teens from across New Jersey to be writers for Sex, Etc. Answer truly values the voices of young people and believes that all people should have access to sex education that is accurate and inclusive. That is why the information on the website is written by teens, teens are paid for the stories and blogs they write, and the website is free and available to all people.
GLBT National Helpline
Provides a safe space that is anonymous and confidential where callers can speak on many different issues and concerns including, but limited to, coming out issues, gender and/or sexuality identities, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, suicide, and much more.
HiTOPS provides a diverse and comprehensive array of sexual health-related programs, services, and community events centered on:
• Sex education for middle and high school-aged youth
• Peer leadership and education
• Education, support, and advocacy for LGBTQ+ identified youth
• Professional development and consultation
All their programs are youth informed. They invite youth of all identities to participate in their programs. Check out their LGBTQ support groups and peer leadership program. HiTOPS LGBTQ support groups meet the first and third Saturday of every month. During the pandemic, these groups meet virtually. The HiTOPS peer leadership program is an annual cohort of 20 high school juniors and seniors. Peer leaders actively participate in leadership training; learn sexual-health related content; and design, develop and implement a diversity of youth-focused interventions around sexual health-related issues for youth throughout New Jersey.
The Huddle of South Jersey
Provides a safe space for young men to talk about their issues. They have workshops were young men can learn about three well-beings:
• Mental well-being
• Physical well-being and
• Financial well-being.
They also provide weekly podcasts that talk about current events and life issues, they engage youth through sports, and are a support system for young men.
Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice
Professional development on creating safe schools, especially concerns related to sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Consultation and presentations on these topics for families, individuals, educators, student groups, professionals and community groups. Leadership and support in developing and carrying out advocacy and activism.
Collaboration in developing the processes needed to incorporate LGBTQ persons and persons with disabilities into inclusive curricula. Counseling with licensed therapists for LGBTQ youth, accessible if needed by phone. Safe space for individuals or gatherings with access to a burgeoning social justice library. Additional regular and special programming to highlight social justice concerns. In this time of coronavirus, presentation of nightly Facebook-cast Social Justice Power Hour to inform, inspire, and entertain.
GLSEN Southern New Jersey
The leading national education organization working to create safe and inclusive K-12 schools for LGBTQ youth, GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from harassment and discrimination.
• Conducts extensive research on the experiences of LGBTQ youth in schools
• Trains educators to support students and create safe classrooms
• Authors developmentally appropriate resources for educators
• Advocates for policies that protect and support LGBTQ youth
• Trains and supports students to effect change in their school communities
Magnificent Men Mentoring Group
Magnificent Men provides group mentoring, empowerment workshops, training and community services. They are very passionate and want to sincerely educate , inspire and motivate each young person in one or all capacities to make them a better individual.
Woodland Community Development Corp
Their services include College Prep Program, College Tours, Community Gardening Program, Mary Esther Williams Homework Center, and Your Food Shelf Pantry.
They are very diverse in their conversation and in their efforts to support young people in the areas of education, health, and financial literacy.