Blog

We Will Stand Together for Our Youth

We Will Stand Together for Our Youth

By Andrea Miller, Executive Director
November 10, 2016

Throughout the day yesterday I listened to the media, friends, and colleagues dissect and analyze what happened on Tuesday night. There was disbelief, shock, sadness, and anger. Morning traffic was lighter on Wednesday, as if people were staying home to mourn, regroup, or just keep the rest of the world out with the curtains closed. I don’t blame them. I, too, felt that sadness and disbelief. I thought I had woken up in an alternate universe. I was sure that we would find out there was some sort of computer glitch. Alas, this is our new reality. So what do we do now? Do we sit and mire in the grief over the next four years? Do we assume there’s nothing we can do, but wait for time to pass? Quite the contrary. This is a time for action, a time to move swiftly as advocates and supporters for the youth in our state.

Asexuality in Sex Ed

Asexuality in Sex Ed

By Tania Molinar-Castillo, Youth Advisor
November 3, 2016

In last week’s blog, we talked about why we have to start teaching pleasure in sex ed if we want to teach youth about consent. But there are risks with discussing pleasure in sex ed – namely, the risk that you might exclude or shame asexual students. So how can you talk about pleasure in sex ed and be inclusive of asexuality?

Pleasure and Consent

Pleasure and Consent

By Holly Ponton and Jessica Higgins
October 27, 2016

“Despite significant progress over the past few years, too many women and men on and off college campuses are still victims of sexual abuse,” Joe Biden said in February at the 2016 Oscars. “We must and we can change the culture, so that no abused woman or man, like the survivors you will see tonight, ever feel they have to ask themselves, what did I do wrong? They did nothing wrong.” And the crowd of Hollywood A-listers erupted into cheers and applause.

Raising The Bar reflections

Raising The Bar reflections

Raising The Bar has officially come and gone. The conference brought together educators, clinicians, and other professionals who are passionate about the sexual health of our youth from all around the state and the country. With interactive and engaging workshops, insightful keynotes, and passionate dialogue, the conference allowed us to bring new and inclusive practices into the work of youth sexual health education. Here are some of the reflections of conference attendees on their experience from Raising The Bar. 

Spotlight On: Jessica González-Rojas

Jessica GR pic

October 6, 2016

Jessica González-Rojas is the executive director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health - not to mention our keynote speaker at the Youth Sexual Health reception coming up next Friday! In this Spotlight On edition, Jessica  describes the challenges she faces as a reproductive justice leader, the struggles and perseverance of the Latinx community, and what gives her hope for the future. 

 

Trauma-informed sex ed

Trauma-informed sex ed

By Ruthie Kolb, Training Manager
September 29, 2016

What does it mean to be trauma-informed when talking with young people about sexuality? Does it mean using lots of trigger warnings? Do you just need to avoid certain topics, words, or conversations? Or does it mean not talking about sensitive subjects, such as sexuality, at all? What exactly does it look like?

It’s not an easy question to answer, but it’s a topic that’s extremely relevant to the work of sex educators today. The reality is that topics around sex, sexuality, and sexual health are often directly related to traumatic events – which means we have to be extremely conscious of how these topics might harm students with past traumatic experiences.

A better world

A better world

By Holly Ponton, Capacity Building Manager
September 15, 2016

Our Raising the Bar conference is coming up in just a few weeks, providing teachers, clinicians, and other youth-serving professionals with an opportunity to strategize for the future of youth sexual health. We’ll discuss LGBT inclusivity, trauma-informed approaches, how to incorporate an understanding of technology into sex ed, and much more. In short, we’ll come together and dream up how to make the world better for youth – and then we’ll return to our communities and strive to make those strategies a reality.

And in the spirit of Raising the Bar, let’s dream big – really, really big. Because what if sex ed could prevent violence – not just domestic or intimate partner violence, but all kinds of violence? What if it could hinder prejudice, cruelty, fear of difference – what if it could change the entire world?

Spotlight On: Nora Gelperin

nora gelperin


September 1, 2016

Colorado Youth Matter had a chance to catch up with Nora Gelperin, director of sexuality education and training at Advocates for Youth, on how she got into the field of youth sexual health, what sets Advocates for Youth's "Rights. Respect. Responsibility," or "The 3Rs," sex ed curriculum apart from other curricula, and how she views the current state of youth sexual health.

Lisa Olcese's final call

Lisa Olcese's final call

By Lisa Olcese, Executive Director
August 25, 2016

As I approach my last week as executive director, I’d like to close with a vision for the future, rooted in something that’s been bugging me. And because I won’t just leave it at that, I invite you to join me in a personal call to action.

Back-to-School: Your Sex Ed Supply List

Back-to-School: Your Sex Ed Supply List

By Stefanie Winfield, Community Programs Director
August 18, 2016

It’s that time of the year again: that time when kids and youth grumpily accept that summer is coming to an end – and when parents rejoice that their kids are going back to school.

It’s also that time of so many back-to-school lists: what clothing will they need for the year? What books? What supplies? There are endless runs to Staples and Target – for backpacks, pencils, pens, notebooks, folders, and all manner of miscellaneous materials – in the hopes of being fully prepared for what a new year of academics will have in store.

These back-to-school lists can be life-saving. They help parents keep track of what needs to be accomplished before a new, busy school year begins. In the spirit of back-to-school supply lists, we here at Colorado Youth Matter would like to offer a back-to-school list of our own – a sex ed supply list.

A legacy and a new beginning

A legacy and a new beginning

A message from Michelle Fuller, CYM Board Chair:

August 15th, 2016

Since Lisa joined CYM in August 2009, she has shared a strong passion for youth sexual health and a commitment to community partnerships with the staff and board that has only strengthened the organization. Which is why it is with sincere gratitude, sadness and hope that I announce that Lisa will be moving on to pursue her other passions as of August 31st, 2016.

Empowering Refugee Students: Inclusivity in the Sex Ed Classroom

Empowering Refugee Students: Inclusivity in the Sex Ed Classroom

By Jessica Higgins, Communications Coordinator
August, 4 2016

Colorado Youth Matter’s Raising the Bar conference is coming up! We couldn’t be more excited, and we hope you’ll be joining us to celebrate recent advancements in youth sexual health – like the fact that more schools than ever are teaching comprehensive sex ed, and that unintended teen birth rates and abortions are dropping.

But despite these reasons to celebrate the advancement of youth sexual health in our state, there are still many challenges ahead. So in the spirit of Raising the Bar for youth sexual health and education, let’s talk about one big way we can better serve our youth in their sexual health education: inclusivity of refugees, immigrants, and different cultures in our classrooms.

2016 SASH Report: What Can You Do to Promote Youth Sexual Health?

2016 SASH Report: What Can You Do to Promote Youth Sexual Health?

By Becca Bolden, Research and Evaluation Manager
July 21st, 2016

You can purchase a SASH report here.

We are pleased to announce the release of Colorado Youth Matter’s 2016 State of Adolescent Sexual Health Report this month. The SASH Report has been, and continues to be, a cornerstone of our work and the work of our partners; highlighting our state’s progress against national trends while also clearly illuminating where there is more work to be done in the fight against disparities. We frame the data in the context of recommendations as a call to action to improve the health for Colorado’s young people.

Spotlight On: Amy Adele Hasinoff

Spotlight On: Amy Adele Hasinoff

July 14th, 2016

Amy Adele Hasinoff is an Assistant Professor in the Communication department at the University of Colorado Denver. Her book, Sexting Panic (2015), is about the well-intentioned but problematic responses to sexting in mass media, law, and education. Her research also appears in journals such as New Media & Society, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and Feminist Media Studies. Colorado Youth Matter is thrilled for Amy to be presenting at our Raising the Bar Conference this October!

Spotlight On: Andrea Gerber and Kari Kesler, FLASH Authors

Spotlight On: Andrea Gerber and Kari Kesler, FLASH Authors

July 7th, 2016

Andrea Gerber, MSEd, and Kari Kesler, MA, are the lead authors of the FLASH curriculum, a widely used sexual health education curriculum. Ms. Gerber has extensive knowledge of curriculum development, project management, and pregnancy and STD prevention. She has overseen material development projects and has led countless teacher trainings on sexual health education. Ms. Kesler has been a Family Planning Health Educator with Public Health–Seattle & King County for over 10 years. She has also worked as a sexual violence prevention educator and as a college instructor. She has designed and led projects designed to lower teen pregnancy, STD and HIV rates in various communities.

After this year’s FLASH training, we had the opportunity to chat with Ms. Gerber and Ms. Kesler about their own experiences with sex education, their inspiration and theory behind FLASH, and why this curricula is so unique.

<<  1 [23 4 5 6  >>  

Copyright © 2015 Colorado Youth Matter