Let’s face it, school is not the most conducive learning environment for sex education. “Stuff”, like hormones, insecurities and peer pressure, is totally interfering with the absorption of knowledge. Plus, teachers definitely do not understand the stresses of a teenager! Except they do, but our young people rarely trust the person that gives them homework every night. Most young people think that teachers are too old and mean to care about stuff like love, healthy relationships, communication and feelings. Girls PACT recognizes the challenges of educators. So, we develop caring, trusting relationships with young people to have the awkward “stuff” conversations for you. We exist to be an honest space for young women ages 15-24 to ask questions about stuff, explore feelings, increase self-confidence and develop healthy coping skills to manage their stuff.
In general, Girls PACT meets weekly for young women ages 15-17 (high school) and monthly for young women ages 18-24. Every meeting typically includes an icebreaker, journal activity, creative project, sharing and closing challenge. Our multi-faceted curriculum includes a variety of “stuff”: “What I Stand For”: Discovery of personal values; “Control vs. Respect”: Healthy relationships and effective communication; “Consent vs. Assault”: Age of consent and partner pressure; “4 C’s of Birth Control”: Contraceptives; “Safe Sex”: STDs & STIs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases & Sexually Transmitted Infections); “Battle of the Sexes”: Double standards and gender stereotypes; “Poor Mama”: Cost of raising a child (poverty and unequal wages); “Options & Alternatives”: “I might be pregnant! What do I do?!; and, “From the Front-line”: Teen parents tell their story. The curriculum may be tailored to meet the needs of each group.
Additionally, Girls PACT includes other “stuff” as it relates to current events and holidays: Valentine’s Day: “I Heart Me”; International Women’s Day; Denim Day; Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month; Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month; Halloween: “Fearless”; Thanksgiving: “Gratitude & Appreciation”; Holiday Season: Stress Relief, Homemade Gifts; Summer: “I Choose Me”; and, sex trafficking.
And, because our young women are so kind and generous, “Girls PACT Cares” encourages girls to select and execute a service project that benefits the community we serve! This was designed as a participation incentive so girls can learn and earn.
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