Here are our resources for educators.
We provide training for teachers on how to teach sexual health education to youth. If this is something you are interested in, please contact the education coordinator at 613-226-3234 ext 306 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
7 Helpful Hints For Educating Youth on Sexual Health
1. Reflect on the messages you receive and receive about sex and sexuality. Your values about sex & sexuality are important, but may be very different than those of the students you are teaching. Make sure to provide evidence-based, factual information to your students, while validating that every families values about the information being discussed may be different.
2. Don’t be afraid to acknowledge when you are embarrassed or unsure about something. As a teacher, you are human and are required to keep track of a lot of information. No one expects you to know everything. The most important thing is that if you are unsure of the answer to a question, you know where to look to get accurate answers.
3. Encourage self-confidence & decision-making skills. Give youth the chance find reasons to listen to the information you are giving you, and give them time to practice skills that will carry them through to live a healthy sexual life.
4. Be patient. Sexuality is a difficult subject for anyone to talk about and it might take someone a very long time to say what they need to say. Awkward as it may feel, don’t jump in and finish sentences or speed them up.
5. Encourage questions. Young people ask sexual health questions for many reasons. Questions may be what it appears to be and maybe something very simple, or the question may be something much deeper than. When young people ask you complex questions, it is because they trust you & feel you can help. If you don’t acknowledge that the question is a good question, they may not ask anyone again. Use statements such as: “This is a great question, thank you for asking me.” “How are you feeling about this right now?” “What do you think of…?” I’m truly happy that you’ve asked me this question.”
6. Assure youth that their experiences are common. Children, youth and even adults are often terrified that they are the only ones who feel/act/experience awkwardness & difficulties. Reassure them that they are not.
7. Don’t wait for them to approach you, use teachable moments. If you see something happen or overhear something, take advantage of it and make it a learning experience.
Resources for Teachers
The Canadian Guidelines For Sexual Health Education Published by the Public Health Agency of Canada
Jessica Feilds. (2008). Risky Lessons: Sex Education and Social Inequality.
Amaze Amaze provides educational videos about sexual and reproductive health for youth.