- Puberty & Growing Up: Buckle Your Seatbelts!
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS: It Can Happen to You
- Sex, Drugs and Alcohol: A Dangerous Mix
- Abstinence/Sexual Postponement: Is It Worth Waiting For?
- Contraception: Knowledge is Power
When will my body start changing? Am I normal? This workshop answers questions while addressing the emotional, social and physical changes of puberty in a safe environment. Adolescents learn about the changes they will experience, hopefully before they actually happen! Participants also review the male and female reproductive systems and role-play scenarios related to the social and emotional changes they experience while growing up.
Values Presented: Created in G-d’s image (Betzelem Elohim), Caring for One’s Body (Shmirat HaGuf), Joy and Happiness (Simchah), Modesty (Tzeniyut)
Target Audience/Suggested Venue: Elementary School, Middle School, Health Class, Youth Group
How do you know if your partner has a sexually transmitted infection? Unless you’re planning on getting each other tested, or bringing a microscope to bed with you, you won’t. This workshop helps participants understand how young people are at greater risk for contracting STIs. Participants will learn the differences between a viral and a bacterial infection and how to prevent contracting a STI.
Values Presented: Caring for One’s Body (Shmirat HaGuf), Preventing Accidents (Ma’akeh), Trustworthiness (Emunah), Truthfulness (Emet)
Target Audience/Suggested Venue: Middle School, High School, Health Class, College Student Orientation, Summer Camp Staff Training, Study Abroad Orientation
What should you do if a friend has consumed too much alcohol? Where do you go if you don’t feel safe? What happens if you’re left alone at a party and can’t find someone you know? Segments from the latest reality TV programs are reviewed to show participants how the effects of too much partying with alcohol or other drugs can lead to poor decision-making and unwanted or unsafe sex. Participants also learn Judaism’s views about sex and what can be done to protect themselves from being victims of sexual assault. This is a highly interactive and educational presentation.
Values Presented: Caring for One’s Body (Shmirat HaGuf), Wisdom (Chochmah), Courage (Ometz Layv), Humility (Anavah)
Target Audience/Suggested Venue: High School, College, Study Abroad Orientation, Summer
How do you say “no” without losing your boyfriend/girlfriend? This workshop defines the meaning of abstinence and empowers teens and young adults to increase their ability to negotiate ways of being intimate without engaging in sexual intercourse. Participants also explore how Integrity (Yosher), Personal Power (Koach Ishi) and Restraint (Epuk) are Jewish values that teens can feel proud of, especially when they are faced with the pressure to have sex.
Values Presented: Integrity (Yosher), Personal Power (Koach Ishi), Restraint (Epuk), Modesty (Tzeniyut), Preventing Accidents (Ma’akeh)
Target Audience/Suggested Venue: Middle School, High School, Health Class, Youth Groups
What is fertilization? How does contraception work in preventing a pregnancy? The most up-to-date methods of contraception and their effectiveness in preventing pregnancy, STIs/HIV or both are reviewed. Students participate in activities that enhance their understanding of how to prevent a pregnancy.
Values Presented: Caring for One’s Body (Shmirat Haguf), Honoring Others (Mechabayd Zeh et Zeh), Preventing Accidents (Ma’akeh), Planning & Decision Making (Tochniyot)
Target Audience/Suggested Venue: Middle School, High School, College, Health Class