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.