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EDUCATIONAL AND HEALTH INFORMATION

myHealth for Teens & Young Adults’ education team is comprised of professional speakers that are knowledgeable about the issues teens and young adults face. 

While our clients are teens and young adults ages 12-23, our partners in making sure they receive relevant, fact-based information are all of you, educators, youth workers, parents, community members and many others! As educators you are face to face with young people every day in your classroom or other community settings providing them important information and life skills. myHealth has programs that we can present in the classroom, or any group setting, and that will provide you additional tools to help you better communicate with your students.

Take time to read through the following class outlines or click on one of the links below. We encourage you to browse this section to find articles and tips. We also invite you to call us at 952-474-3251 or email us with your questions at info@myhealthmn.org.

All topics are adjusted to be age appropriate for the grade level and can be adapted to young people with disabilities. In addition, while presentations are LGTBQ inclusive, they can be specifically tailored to that audience.
For the Classroom:

Presentation Topics for the classroom
All topics can be adapted for young people with disabilities. All topics also use LGBTQ inclusive language, but can be more specifically tailored to an entirely LGBTQ-audience.
ABSTINENCE: 
45-60
Minutes


This presentation focuses on the myriad factors that can influence a young person's decision to be sexually active or not. We touch on the meaning of intimacy, how intimacy may mean different things to different people, and cover how these differing definitions can be confusing to someone trying to make this very important decision. Our abstinence presentation does not have a prescribed amount of time that a person should wait before engaging in sexual activity, but rather focuses on helping young people realize that the decision is ultimately their own, and there are things that should be in place in order for them to feel comfortable with their decision.
CONTRACEPTIVE METHODS (INCLUDING ABSTINENCE):
60-90
Minutes


Beginning with a short discussion/activity on abstinence, this presentation covers the methods of contraception most widely accepted in the US, and most commonly used by young people. These methods include both prescription (pill, patch, ring, shot, the Implanon rod, IUD, and emergency contraception) and non-prescription or behavioral methods (condoms, dental dams and other barrier methods, withdrawal and chance). If time allows, we also discuss pregnancy prevention myths and facts, and common barriers to accessing birth control or condoms
SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS (STI/STD) (INCLUDING HIV/AIDS):
45-90
Minutes

This presentation can be tailored to fit a specified time period, but activities are removed in shorter class blocks. In this lesson, students learn about the 3 types of STIs (bacterial, viral and parasitic) as well as 5 common STIs contracted by young people. Symptoms, treatment and prevention are discussed, and several activities help students understand the risks of certain activities, as well as how STIs can spread through a population.
HIV/AIDS:
45-50
Minutes


For a class who covers STIs and HIV separately, or during different grades, this presentation is ideal. Focusing on the difference between HIV and AIDS, how they are and are not transmitted, testing, treatment, living with HIV, and prevention, this is a great addition to an HIV or communicable diseases unit. (Note, WSTC will not do both this and the STI presentation to the same group of students, as many of the activities overlap.) Depending on the age of the students, this lesson may include a “High Risk, Low Risk” activity or a condom demonstration, per the request of the teacher.
HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS:
50-60
Minutes

Focusing primarily on dating relationships (rather than family and friends), this lesson has students examine some of the relationships in the media for signs of health or lack thereof, gives them a visual representation of healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, asks them to share advice to friends in potentially unhealthy relationships using a variety of scenarios, and has them imagine ideal relationships that they may strive for.
TEEN PREGNANCY:
45-60
Minutes


An overview on teen pregnancy, this lesson explores the feelings a person may have on discovering they or their partner is pregnant, the three legal options available to all women who are pregnant, the choice most often selected by teens (keeping the child) and the difficulties; financial, emotional, and social, of teen parenting. This presentation definitely highlights the difficulties faced by young parents, and encourages young people to wait to be sexually active, or use protection, but is also sensitive to the possibility that young people in the classroom may have been raised by teen parents, or be a teen parent themselves.
SEXUAL DECISION MAKING:
45
Minutes

Covering the myriad factors that can influence a young person’s decision to engage in sex, as well as the most common sources of pressure, this lesson allows for critical thinking about personal values and beliefs, and asks students to determine their own “line in the sand.” Students create responses to common pressure lines, and learn to see every step of a dating and or sexual relationship as a choice, where they will (hopefully) ultimately control what happens to them.
FRIENDSHIP AND DATING:
45-60
Minutes

Great for younger students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. This class helps students determine the qualities they are looking for in a friend, how to be a good friend, how to support their friends through difficult times, how to communicate effectively with friends, and how the same characteristics that make them a good friend now can be translated into making them a good dating partner in the future.
PUBERTY:
45-60
Minutes



Aimed primarily at students in the thick of puberty (7th and 8th graders), this high-energy lesson focuses on re-assuring each young person that they are, in fact, “normal.” Beginning with a discussion why they are learning about this now, when they already covered it in 4th grade, students move into the biological differences between males and females during puberty, as well as the social and emotional changes that are common across genders. Ideal for a group that has just learned the reproductive anatomy, this lesson also includes an anatomy matching activity, a time where students teach the opposite gender about common changes during puberty, and a Q and A session. Class ends with students discussing what excites them most about becoming a teenager. (Note: this presentation is designed to occur in a mixed-gender classroom. We ask that you do not split up males and females.)
CYBERSAFETY:
45
Minutes


This lesson can be taught in classrooms with no access to computers. Beginning with discussing examples of technology as well as the positives and negatives of living in a "plugged-in" society, this presentation covers some of the common dangers of the internet: unwanted exposure to pornography, sexual solicitation, bullying, image/reputation damage, and information hacking. Students will learn about their "cyberimage" and ways to safely and positively navigate the world-wide web, as well as what can be done and who to go to if something negative does occur while online, and the best ways to prevent it in the first place.
HEALTHY BODY IMAGE:
60
Minutes

This lesson is jam-packed with activities, and works best either with mixed-gender or all-female groups. Students will critically examine the beauty standards set-forth by the media, and discuss why some groups are marginalized, portrayed negatively or totally invisible from mainstream pop culture. Focusing primarily on being a savvy media-consumer, students will realize that with the media, “what you see is not what you get.” Body-image issues through history will be discussed, as well as ways to boost self-esteem and create positive self-image.
SEXUALITY (INTRODUCTION TO LGBTQ):
45
Minutes




Many schools want to increase the education for their student body on this topic, and this presentation is a great intro. In this lesson, students learn the definition of all the letters in the LGBTQ "alphabet soup" and asked to examine heterosexual privilege and imagine what being a young person who identifies as LGBTQ is like. In addition, statistics are used to show what school climates are like for "out" students, or students perceived to be gay, and students also learn about famous people through history, including athletes, actors, authors, and civic figures who were.
(Note: it may be possible to do a second part of this lesson, where on a subsequent day, a group of LGBTQ-identified students from another school could come in and participate in a panel discussion about their personal experiences and what being an LGBTQ young person means to them.)
Call us at 952-373-5095 or email us with your questions at info@myhealthmn.org. Or click to SCHEDULE A SPEAKER
Professionals FAQs

What age groups do you serve?
As a parent you are the primary role model for your children. Watching your teen or young adult navigate the ups and downs of this time in their lives can be just as difficult for you as it is for them. You need the right skills and tools to keep yourself grounded and ready to answer the tough question and create a nurturing stable environment. Your adolescent or young adult may not always want to hear what you think is “right or wrong” with their personal choices. The best way to avoid those awkward conversations is to lay the ground work early, give them the tools and skills to make smart well informed choices on relationships and health and mental health care. Part of that is to let them know when we are impressed with their healthy choices.

What is your service area?
Again, we try to keep our education in the areas surrounding our clinic. Our presentations are most likely to occur in Carver, Scott and Hennepin County. If you are looking for a speaker and are not in those service areas, please visit the Sexuality and Family Life Educators website at www.sfle.org to find a presenter in your area.

Are your sexuality educators licensed teachers?
The education staff at myHealth is made up of individuals with diverse educational backgrounds. We have teaching licenses, counseling licenses, public health degrees and more. All of our educators are highly trained and knowledgeable in their subject matter and use their education and experiences to create memorable presentations!

Do you use a specific curriculum for your presentations?
No. While we draw on many well-researched, science-based curricula for our lessons and activities, we also greatly enjoy creating our own presentations and have even developed a curriculum of our own!

Will you present on any topic that I ask you to?
While we do have an extremely diverse set of topics that we are able to present on, everything from stress and relaxation to sexuality education for LGBT youth and lots in between, there are some topics that we feel "less than expert" about (such as alcohol, tobacco and chemical use or sexual assault/rape), and therefore, are happy to assist in referring to another speaker who will better suit your needs. In addition, please feel free to visit the Sexuality and Family Life Educators website at www.sfle.org to learn about other possible speakers.

What can I expect by booking a presentation with you?
  • When you have a myHealth educator come into your classroom, you can expect the following things:

  • We will be prompt. While we are very busy and often are doing presentations in multiple locations every day, we will be in the room 10 minutes before class starts to get set up and prepare for the lesson.

  • We will be enthusiastic! All of us are passionate about what we teach and really enjoy sharing this information with young people. Our presentations are full of energy and humor, and we hope that enthusiasm will be contagious!

  • We will be hands-on. We firmly believe (and research shows) that young people learn best when they are engaged, so our lessons utilize a variety of teaching strategies to keep kids moving, thinking, and talking. A typical class might include a mini-lecture, small group work, peer presentations, and a game or two. We enjoy mixing it up, and students have told us they agree.

  • We will be flexible. While most of our presentations were designed to be implemented in mixed-gender, mainstream classrooms of 30-70 students, we are fully willing and able to modify lessons to accommodate a much-wider range of populations and settings. Please contact us and let us know about your unique classroom, and we can work together to ensure optimal success for your students!
How much do your presentations cost?
At myHealth, we feel education is a cornerstone of a happy, healthy young person. Education that they feel is relevant and interesting can be important in delaying risk-taking behaviors, and all students, from all schools, deserve this type of education, regardless of their district's financial situation. Therefore, all of our presentations are available at no cost to you; however we gladly and graciously accept honorariums of any denomination. 

What do you need from me?
Thanks for asking! Since our presentations are free, we have a few requests for the educator who is hosting us:
  • We ask that the regular classroom teacher is present in the room during the presentation. While we understand that guest speaker days are excellent for curriculum planning meetings or getting caught up on grading, we know that sexuality education can be a highly-charged topic, both for students and parents, as well as school administrators. In order to protect our good reputation and yours, we feel much more comfortable having the classroom teacher (as opposed to a sub) present. While we understand that conflicts or emergencies come up on occasion, we appreciate being notified in advance if a sub will be present on our presentation day, and reserve the right to reschedule. In addition, we ask that teachers assist us with maintaining order in the classroom. Our presentations are funny--people are supposed to laugh! However, we do need assistance to ensure that students stay on task, are not so loud that we have to yell over them, are disrespectful to their peers, etc.

  • We ask that once we mutually decide on a date for the presentation, it not be changed. In our busiest months (October, January, March and May) we do upwards of 20 presentations per week! It is virtually impossible for us to reschedule with short notice, so sticking to the agreed-upon date is best for both parties.

  • If your presentation requires any handouts, we will send them to you a week or so before we visit, and we ask that you please make photocopies for your students. If you have a small copying limit, or there will be a very large number of handouts, we can work together so we provide some copies too.

  • If our presentation takes place over at least half of the school day, or happens over lunch, we ask that we are provided with a school lunch voucher. We do not have the time to leave the building to get food, and talking all day is very draining. In addition, you can always invite us to eat with you in the staff lounge, but please do not be offended if we decline. Often, the 20-30 minute lunch period is the only vocal rest we get for the entire day, and we may need that time to catch up on other work.
Why don't you have all of your lesson plans and worksheets available on the site?
Mainly because they are always changing! We really enjoying updating, modifying and enhancing what we do in our presentations, so the outline available online may not be an accurate representation of what we will do in your classroom. In addition, since most of our curriculum is self-created, we prefer to share it with teachers as we teach it. However, if you would like a copy of an outline or handouts before the presentation (to show to administration, post on a class website for parents to peruse, etc.) please let us know.

Are you interested in scheduling a speaker for your classroom? Please fill out the form here and hit submit. We'll get in touch with you as soon as possible and thank you for contacting us.
Small Group Programs 
The small group program is for young people ages 12-23 and aims to promote healthy decision making in the areas of mental and reproductive health. Program goals are achieved through multi-session group meetings led by a trained group facilitator. Students selected for small groups have generally been identified by school personnel as being in need of extra education/support or demonstrating unsafe or unhealthy behaviors.

Traditional Small Group Program
Small groups are an educational initiative for young people ages 12-23 which aims to promote healthy decision making in the areas of mental and reproductive health. These groups are multi-session meetings led by a trained group facilitator. An emphasis is placed on developing individual case management relationships with those students whose needs merit this intervention

Culturally Specific Small Group
The metro area has become home to increasingly diverse populations. In order to meet the needs of the growing Latino and Somali communities, myHealth offers culturally specific small groups.

These groups have similar features as traditional small groups, but focus more specifically on cultural components such as religious and cultural beliefs. We believe that this can best meet the needs of the young people involved.

Special Needs Group
In order to best serve the Special Needs community, myHealth offers small groups tailored specifically to meet the needs and interests of its students.
These groups have similar features as traditional small groups, but with their pace and content adjusted for the population. We believe that this can best meet the needs of the young people involved.
Highlights of the pre-adolescent years:
This is when you can lay the ground work for your children to be ready for the rollercoaster that is adolescents.
Parenting children ages 0-12 (pre-adolescent)
  • Nurture your child: Be his/her number one fan. Provide unconditional love.
  • Meet their needs: From infancy thru the pre-teen years, supply the basics like food, shelter, clothing and cleanliness (helps them stay healthy) – and of course, affection.
  • Give the facts: Use correct terms to describe body parts, even if you are embarrassed or fear they are too young to understand. They are just words and you want your child to feel comfortable and empowered to use them.
  • Share your values & expectations clearly and frequently.
  • Role model responsible use yourself, i.e. alcohol or prescription medications.
  • Start with young children and reinforce throughout their growing years.
  • Provide accurate information about chemical use and brain development.
  • Be prepared. Learn about the effects of about alcohol and other drug use at a young age and what resources are available for teens.
Sample 8 week Small Group Outline
Lesson 1
  • Introduction and myHealth info
  • Icebreaker
  • Explain small groups and discuss group interests
  • “So What Do You Want to Talk About?”
  • Sexuality Worksheet
  • Ground Rules
Lesson 2
  • Icebreaker
  • (If necessary, finish Sexuality Worksheet)
  • Brainstorm different types of love
  • Love is…
  • Agree or Disagree 
If you are interested in scheduling a small group please contact our Education department at 952-474-3251
Small Group FAQ's

Is there a cost to have a small group at my school?
As with all of the services at myHealth there is a sliding fee scale based on what participants are able to pay. In short, we are able to offer group facilitation regardless of client resources.

Where do we get our information?
All of the small group materials are taken from science based, research driven curricula.

How many students are typically part of a Small group session?
A typical small group session would include approximately 8-12 young people. However, there are occasionally exceptions such as a group as small as 4 and as large as 16.

Can the small group program meet the needs of the students I work with?
The small group program has the unique ability to work with many different student populations. Our specialty work includes programming for students with disabilities and specific cultural groups such as Spanish speaking young people and Somali young people. Please contact us for more information about who we serve.

How many sessions are included in a typical small group?
We normally meet for approximately eight weeks, meeting one time per week. This can be tailored to meet the needs of your school or agency.
Our Mission
TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH 
of our community by providing health services and information that supports teens and young adults in making responsible and well-informed decisions
Our Vision
ONE DAY ALL YOUNG PEOPLE 
will be educated and empowered to make responsible decisions regarding their health and relationships
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