The field of teen pregnancy prevention and sexual health has a high turnover rate, and no wonder with its low pay and high stress environment. Budget cuts and the lack of money within schools make it increasingly difficult for the professionals who stay within the field to receive up-to-date information, resources, and trainings on topics of sexual health and sex education. With new teaching and out-reach strategies constantly being developed, new research and studies surfacing, and the habits, trends, and social environment of teenagers constantly changing, how are sexual health professionals supposed to stay on top of it all?
That’s where TeenNow California comes in.
The more knowledge that teachers and health educators have, the more effectively they can help today’s youth. In order to assist teachers and health educators, TeenNow California offers trainings created to keep professionals in the field up-to-date on the most recent research, studies, teaching strategies, youth trends, and more.
We recently conducted a regional training on relationship violence in collaboration with the Family Violence Prevention Fund and the California Adolescent Health Collaborative. Abusive teen relationships are a huge issue that more and more professionals need to receive training on to make sure that they have the most up-to-date information. This informative and innovative training drew about 50 people from around Fresno and was met with rave reviews.
The training focused on abusive teen relationships, reproductive coercion, and prevention strategies including screening, treatment, and the resources available to help victims in schools, health settings, and the community. The trainers included Helenann Hirsch, who works with the California
Women’s Law Center as an attorney, The Marjaree Mason Center, and La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson who specializes in the areas of comprehensive sexuality education, adolescent development, parent education, and women’s wellness.
TeenNow California also offers other trainings that can help sexual health professionals stay up-to-date and make sure that they have the best information to guide today’s youth. Our trainings include Parent-Child Communication, Using Social Networking to Reach Out to Youth, Choosing the Right Sex-Ed Curriculum for Your Population, Minor Consent and Confidentiality, and much more! To learn more about these trainings, visit the Resources section of our website.
So what can you do to ensure that teen pregnancy and sexual health professionals are given the proper information and tools?
If you are already a professional within the field, consider requesting a training in your city or county by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a high school or college student interested in the teen pregnancy and sexual health field, check out our website and e-mail us at email@example.com; we would be happy to share with you some information and put you in the right direction to accomplish your career goals.
Anyone else out there who is interested in ensuring that the teen pregnancy rate continues to fall and that today’s youth are receiving the highest level of comprehensive sex education, learn more about TeenNow California by visiting our website, or consider donating to TeenNow California today. A donation of just $25 will send one teacher or health educator to a training! With your support, we will be able to keep the cost of trainings down and ensure that every teacher or educator receives the trainings they need!