OUR PHILOSOPHY

When someone with the authority of a teacher describes the world and you are not in it, there is a moment of psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing.
— Adrienne Rich, American feminist and author
 

One of the most fundamental beliefs underlying our work is that only when entire communities--parents, educators, physicians, youth groups, and the media--unite to make a deep commitment to continually educating youth about sexual development, can we truly equip young people to navigate the complexities of adolescence, and realize their full potential.

Often, sexual health education has turned a blind eye to the social aspects of human development and to each young person's lived experience, with hopes of being more "objective."  But only when we acknowledge both the social and biological aspects of life as equally important, do we honor the complexities of the human experience.

Health educators cannot do it alone. We seek to foster partnerships with parents and guardians--embracing the immense impact they have on adolescents. Educators can be a trusted source of information and nurture skill-building, but parents/guardians offer the unique support and values-based guidance youth need. Only when parents and schools collaborate in educating youth about different, yet equally important aspects of sexual development, will we provide students the comprehensive education we envision.

With that in mind, we aim to help parents and guardians gain the knowledge and confidence they need to communicate openly and honestly with their children about all aspects of sexuality, at every stage of life, so adolescents can make informed, empowered sexual health decisions for a lifetime. 

 
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