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Classroom Talk: School Based Programming for Middle & High School Students

Classroom Talk: 
School Based Programming for Middle & High School Students

Talk’s school based model was developed and refined at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Social Innovation. During the program’s development, we examined every approach to sex education that had a positive impact on teenagers. Then we interviewed high school students from across the country attending CMU’s Pre-College Program to figure out what was missing.

Talk’s school based program leverages best practices while addressing the pitfalls and limitations of existing approaches.

The Classroom Model

Empower students with the information, skills, and support they need to make healthy decisions.

Our Middle & High School Programming is designed to:

Our Middle & High School Programming is designed
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Develop students’ critical thinking and decision-making capacities.

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Provide a knowledge base, grounded in the latest science.

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Develop the skills necessary to identify and access resources and support.

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Encourage students to examine, question, and challenge peer and cultural norms.

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Explore how gender norms affect perceptions, attitudes, and behavior.

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Help students clarify their own beliefs and values separate from culture, media, and their peers.

middle school and high school sex ed programming
Sex ed classroom programming

The Goals of the Programming are to:

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Foster an ongoing dialogue and develop an understanding of what it means to be a healthy person, both emotionally and physically.

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Help students develop the skills they need to identify, cultivate, and maintain healthy relationships.

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Provide frameworks for enhanced decision-making and strategies for effective communication.

Impactful Outcomes

Teens who complete the program say the content is relevant to their experience and better prepares them to face the realities of teenage life:

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They feel comfortable talking with their parents about issues related to sex and sexuality.

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They feel comfortable talking with prospective partners about their previous sexual history.

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They wouldn’t have sex unless their partner had been tested for STIs.

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They wouldn’t consider having intercourse unless they were prepared with two reliable forms of birth control.

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They think that all women are worthy of respect.

Participants consistently rate their satisfaction with Talk’s programming an order of magnitude higher than the Sex Ed they received previously.

School based Sexual Education

Participants consistently rate their satisfaction with Talk’s programming an order of magnitude higher than the Sex Ed they received previously.

What Teens Say About The Program

“I paid ATTENTION to this “class” for a change. It’s SHOCKING to me how much I thought I knew, but didn’t.”

“Media literacy ROCKED MY WORLD. Talk created a whole new AWARENESS of how to think about the messages we’re bombarded with and the assumptions we make everyday.”

“I ASKED THE QUESTIONS I had been AFRAID to ask. Thank you.”

“I’m glad Talk ENCOURAGED us to speak with our parents. Now I know I can talk to my mom about ANYTHING.”

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