myHealth for Teens & Young Adults’ education team is comprised of professional speakers that are knowledgeable about the issues teens and young adults face.
As educators, you are face to face with young people every day in your classroom or other community settings, providing them with important information and life skills. myHealth has programs that we can present in the classroom, or any group setting, that will provide resources and information on a variety of topics. myHealth’s classroom presentations serve to reinforce your key classroom messages and provide opportunities for students to learn about their health, well-being and make educated decisions. Presentations range in time/length from 40-90 minutes. Each presentation is tailored to your unique school needs.

Presentation Topics:

Click through the education topics to get a better idea of the presentations we offer. Should you choose to utilize myHealth’s presentations in your classroom, we will work with you to send a health educator from our team to facilitate the presentation to your students.

Abstinence

This presentation focuses on the myriad factors that can influence a young person’s decision to be sexually active or not. We touch on the meaning of intimacy, how intimacy may mean different things to different people, and cover how these differing definitions can be confusing to someone trying to make this very important decision. Our abstinence presentation does not have a prescribed amount of time that a person should wait before engaging in sexual activity, but rather focuses on helping young people realize that the decision is ultimately their own, and there are things that should be in place in order for them to feel comfortable with their decision.

Safer Sex (Including Abstinence)

Beginning with a short discussion/activity on abstinence, this presentation covers the methods of contraception most widely accepted in the US, and most commonly used by young people. These methods include both prescription (pill, patch, ring, shot, the Implanon rod, IUD, and emergency contraception) and non-prescription or behavioral methods (condoms, dental dams and other barrier methods, withdrawal and chance). If time allows, we also discuss pregnancy prevention myths and facts, and common barriers to accessing birth control or condoms. This presentation can include a condom demonstration, per request of the teacher.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs/STDs - Including HIV/AIDS)

This presentation can be tailored to fit a specified time period, but activities are removed in shorter class blocks. Students will learn about the 3 types of STIs (bacterial, viral and parasitic) as well as 5 common STIs contracted by young people. Activities are designed to be engaging, fun and informative. Students will also learn about symptoms, treatment, risks and prevention. This presentation can include a condom demonstration, per the request of the teacher.

HIV/AIDS

For a class who covers STIs and HIV separately, or during different grades, this presentation is ideal. Focusing on the difference between HIV and AIDS, how they are and are not transmitted, testing, treatment, living with HIV, and prevention, this is a great addition to an HIV or communicable diseases unit. (Note, WSTC will not do both this and the STI presentation to the same group of students, as many of the activities overlap.) Depending on the age of the students, this lesson may include a “High Risk, Low Risk” activity or a condom demonstration, per the request of the teacher.

Healthy Relationships

Focusing primarily on romantic relationships, this lesson examines relationships in the media, provides a visual representation of healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, works through different scenarios, and has students choose the most important traits, to them, in a romantic relationship. This presentation provides resources on consent and bystander intervention.

Teen Pregnancy

An overview on teen pregnancy, this lesson explores the feelings a person may have when discovering they or their partner is pregnant and the three legal options available to all pregnant women. It focuses on the common choice to keep the child and the financial, emotional, and social challenges that come with teen parenting. This presentation highlights the difficulties faced by young parents, and encourages young people to wait to be sexually active, or use safer sex options. It is sensitive to the possibility that young people in the classroom may have been raised by teen parents, or be a teen parent themselves.

Sexual Decision Making

Covering the various factors that influence a young person’s decision to engage in sexual activities and the common sources of pressure, this lesson allows for critical thinking about personal values and beliefs. We encourage students to determine and reflect on their personal boundaries and choices. Students create responses to common pressure lines and look at every step of dating and sexual activity  as a choice, where they will (hopefully) control what happens.

Friendship and Dating

Great for younger students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. This presentation helps students examine personal boundaries in friendship and romantic relationships. It helps students determine the qualities they are looking for in a friend, how to be a good friend, how to support their friends through difficult times, how to communicate effectively with friends, and how the same characteristics that make them a good friend now can be translated into making them a good dating partner in the future.

Puberty

Aimed primarily at students in the thick of puberty (7th and 8th graders), this high-energy lesson focuses on re-assuring each young person that they are, in fact, “normal.” This presentation begins with asking students to explore their excitement and anxiety about growing up. Students learn about physical and emotional changes that occur during puberty as well as debunk common myths around becoming a teenager.

Cyber Safety

This lesson can be taught in classrooms with no access to computers. Beginning with discussing examples of technology as well as the positives and negatives of living in a “plugged-in” society, this presentation covers some of the common dangers of the internet: unwanted exposure to pornography, sexual solicitation, bullying, image/reputation damage, and information hacking. Students will learn about their “cyberimage” and ways to safely and positively navigate the world-wide web, as well as what can be done and who to go to if something negative does occur while online, and the best ways to prevent it in the first place.

Healthy Body Image

This lesson is jam-packed with activities, and works best either with mixed-gender or all-female groups. Students will critically examine the beauty standards set-forth by the media, and discuss why some groups are marginalized, portrayed negatively or totally invisible from mainstream pop culture. Focusing primarily on being a savvy media-consumer, students will realize that with the media, “what you see is not what you get.” Body-image issues through history will be discussed, as well as ways to boost self-esteem and create positive self-image.

Sexuality (Introduction to LGBTQ)

Many schools want to increase the education for their students on this topic; this presentation is a great introduction. In this lesson, students learn the definition of letters in the LGBTQ “alphabet soup” and are asked to examine the differences between a young person’s experience being heterosexual versus LGBTQ. Out educators will discuss statistics to show what school climates are like for students who are “out.” Students will also learn about famous athletes, actors, authors, and civic figures who identified as LGBTQ.
(Note: it may be possible to do a second part of this lesson, where on a subsequent day, a group of LGBTQ-identified students from another school could come in and participate in a panel discussion about their personal experiences and what being an LGBTQ young person means to them.)

Stress Management

The goal is for students to be so relaxed that they fall asleep by the end of this presentation. Students will learn about physical and emotional responses to stress, coping skills, and effective ways to interrupt negative self-talk. The presentation concludes with myHealth educators leading a guided meditation and practicing healthy coping skills.

Youth Development Groups:

In addition to classroom presentations, we facilitate small multi-session youth development workshops with students. The youth development groups are 6-8 weekly sessions. The safety of a smaller groups allows comprehensive learning when discussing sensitive topics such as healthy relationships, teen pregnancy prevention, safer sex methods, STI transmission and prevention, goal setting, stress management, etc.

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If you have any questions about our presentations or are interested in our youth development groups, please contact Kelsey:

kelseys@myhealthmn.org