TEEN TALK HIGH SCHOOL REFRESHER
(FOR 11TH - 12TH GRADERS)
Below is a sample of lessons and activities from our Teen Talk High School Refresher (TTHSR) course (visit our Table of Contents for a more exhaustive list) to prepare young adults for the world they are about to embark upon. Lessons in TTHSR have been informed by best practices in adolescent health, state/federal guidance, the California Healthy Youth Act, and feedback from students, parents, and teachers.
The TTHSR course is a direct result of Bay Area students advocating for their own increased sexual health knowledge. After Health Connected had become institutionalized as a trusted partner in the Sequoia Union High School District for more than 15 years, a group of late high schoolers wanted more. They saw the late teen years as a critical time period before adulthood when youth need specialized sexual health education that speaks to their unique challenges, and serves as a "refresher" on concepts like contraceptives and sexual assault laws. So in collaboration with these students, Health Connected created TTHSR, a one-of-a-kind, interactive curriculum to inform and empower older teens. Sexual health education is required only once in high school under the California Healthy Youth Act. TTHSR covers most of the content required under the California Healthy Youth Act, but is intended as a complementary follow-up course to our Teen Talk High School course.
Trusted Adult Communication: "Planning for the Future"
Youth of all ages who communicate with their parents about sexual development succeed in a variety of ways, from improved literacy to better decision-making. It also creates a closer bond between families. That’s why we encourage students to identify trusted adults in their lives, and begin a dialogue. In Teen Talk High School Refresher, this is through the “Trusted Adult Interview” assignment.
Sexually Transmitted Infections: "We Have an Announcement!"
Through this creative and interactive small group activity, students add to their existing knowledge of STIs, including HIV/AIDS.
Sexual Safety: "Bystander Intervention"
By examining a variety of true-to-life scenarios related to sexual and partner violence, students build communication skills to feel confident in intervening in unsafe situations they may witness.
Digital Communication: "Red Flags"
By examining a variety of true-to-life scenarios students practice communication skills around healthy/unhealthy relationships, including defining intimate partner violence.