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Ten tips for talking with youth about healthy sexuality
This post is a dispatch from my real-life experience as an impromtu educator with a group of rising high school seniors on a recent Saturday morning. I'll be the first one to admit that teens can be a tough crowd, especially on Saturday mornings! That said, working with these teens was an incredible opportunity for me to learn and grow as a prevention educator while exercising my skills as a healthy sexuality ally. These tips are good to keep in mind whenever youth are your audience. If you've got a tip or question to share, let us know in the comments!
1. Be accurate. There’s a lot of misinformation out there and chances are that some of it has reached the youth you are speaking with. It’s important to provide youth with medically-accurate information in an accessible voice and to empower them to make their own decisions. As an individual, it’s expected that you have some personal values around sex and sexuality; it’s a time for you to leave these at the door. It’s ok to share an opinion, but be sure to label it as your own perspective and allow room for others to disagree.