Kids are bombarded with thousands of peer and media messages daily. They need social-emotional skills and scientific information they can trust to inform their decision making. Studies show that youth are more influenced by their families than any other source. You may not think they’re listening, but they are.
Community programs are an important component of comprehensive health education. Educators can provide students with tools and information, but the conversation must continue at home and in communities to reinforce positive messaging and put information in the context of a family’s own values and expectations.
This free GPS event will begin at 7 p.m. and last one hour. The program will observe trends and stressors in the lives of youth, provide understanding of youth development and decision making, share tools and strategies to support conversations with youth, identify and strengthen protective factors for youth, and increase self-efficacy with conversation plans and strategies.
Attendees of the Sex Education section will learn:
• Why youth are vulnerable decision makers due to brain development.
• What youth are seeing in regards to sexuality, including current research, trends, and barriers to healthy choices.
• How to help kids manage a healthy relationship and conversations around sexuality.
• To create a conversation action plan on a specific sexuality topic.
• To identify resources for healthy conversations about sexuality.
The Glenbard Parent Series: (GPS) Navigating Healthy Families will present Raising Healthy Teens: Sex Ed with The Robert Crown Center for Health Education on Thursday, February 16th, 7-8 pm at the Marquardt Administration Center in Glendale Heights.
Robert Crown Center presenters are experts in the field of health education and know how to create a comfortable environment for meaningful conversation. The Robert Crown Center is the nation’s oldest health education center and a well-known Chicago-area resource for primary prevention education.