Shared Resources from the Peer Educator Training Work Group – June 2020

Teresa Casullo: Teens Helping Teens

Planned Parenthood of Greater New York

In our first work group meeting, co-facilitator Teresa Casullo shared information about PPGNY’s Teens Helping Teens group in Schenectady, including their community work, retreats, and other activities, as well as an example of a virtual meeting.

Peer Educator Training Work Group meeting – 6/3/20 (recording)
Teresa’s presentation begins at 29:53.

Kailin Kucewicz: Peer Educators Empowering People

Native American Community Services

In our June 17th meeting, Kailin Kucewicz shared detailed information about her peer education group, Peer Educators Empowering People. Her presentation included a description of the group, the PSA development process, PEEPs virtual activities and events, and nuts and bolts about how the group is run.

Peer Educator Training Work Group meeting – 6/17/20 (recording)
Kailin’s presentation begins at 15:45.

Here are the links for some of the things Kailin talked about in the presentation:

PEEPs Hours Log

PEEPs 2020 Calendar

NACS Facebook Page

NACS Instagram

Thank you, Kailin and Teresa, for these inspirational examples and practical resources!

Shared Resources from the Healthy Relationships Work Group – 6/10/20

Healthy Relationships Work Group Meeting – 6/10/20 (recording)
Thanks to Hannah Stuart Lathan and Danell Wilson for sharing these resources and ideas!

Hannah Stuart Lathan: More Than Just Sex Virtual Mini Lessons

Community Healthcare Network Teens PACT

Intended audience? HS or MS youth
Intended facilitator? Classroom teacher, facilitator, or teen peer educator
How to use: In a classroom setting or via Zoom meeting

Danell Wilson: Using Kahoot! to Discuss Healthy Relationships

Community Healthcare Network Teens PACT

Intended audience? HS youth
Intended facilitator? Health educator, facilitator, or classroom teacher

How to use: Plug in questions through Kahoot. It is always good to connect your game with whatever lesson that you may have done beforehand. You can use this gameplay through the classrooms or virtually through Zoom or Instagram live. If you are in the classroom, make sure you have a form of Wi-Fi and a laptop to present the game. Make sure the students also have internet access via phone, tablet, or laptop to be able to participate.

Online Lecture Series from American Journal of Sexuality Education

In case you are interested in this professional development opportunity, below is an email we received about a July lecture series on sexual health education. (ACT for Youth is not associated with this series.)

Throughout July, the American Journal of Sexuality Education is hosting an online lecture series on Wednesday evenings. The cost is $25 per session. If you are interested in attending any of the lectures, the details are at

Need a discount or scholarship? Please fill out the form here:

July 15, 6 pm to 7 pm eastern

Benefits of Professional Development for Sexuality Professionals: An Educator’s Perspective

Speaker: Tanya M. Bass

As part of my dissertation work I am assessing the professional development needs of community based sexuality educators. In my experience, some conference and workshop planners rarely determine if their offerings will be of benefit to the attendees. Sitron and Dyson (2009) describe the goal of professional development for sexuality professionals as that of gaining a sense of self-awareness through assessing personal attitudes that may influence their practice. They found that skills (e.g., diagnostic tools, therapeutic techniques, education strategies, and preventative procedures) along with knowledge and awareness increase through participation in professional development. I would like to examine the pros and cons of professional development such as conferences and webinars during this talk.

July 22, 7 pm to 8 pm eastern

Factors That Impact College Students’ Perceptions of Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction

Speakers: Susan Milstein, Taylor Elizabeth Hilliard, Scott Ball St. Hall, David Knox, and Genevieve Hunter

It is important to understand how people experience pleasure and sexual satisfaction with a partner, as these phenomena can impact how they view their relationships, themselves, as well as the role of sexual activities within relationships. Three hundred and four undergraduates at East Carolina University and California State University Chico who reported having at least one sexual experience with a partner completed a 45 item survey assessing social correlates of sexual pleasure and sexual satisfaction. Learn what the analysis found about relationships and sexual pleasure.

July 29, 6 pm to 7 pm eastern

Talking Vulva: What Every Sex Educator Should Know

Speaker: Dorrie Lane

“In this workshop, I’ll provide tips for sex educators on how you can incorporate the Vulva Puppet in your practice to help alleviate the discomfort and open your educational sessions with the full attention of your audience. I’ll use the Vulva Puppet to demonstrate a Pelvic Exam, provide information about the G spot, and provide a link to the Vulva Map.”

Positive Youth Development 101 Web Series

At a time when face-to-face trainings are not feasible, please join us for a series of webinars exploring positive youth development (PYD) and its core principles and strategies. Drawing from the PYD 101 training curriculum we will introduce updated material and new resources. Although the PYD 101 training was developed with professionals new to the field of youth work in mind, it may serve as a good refresher for experienced youth work professionals.

July 7 at 10:00AM – PYD I: Foundations

In this webinar we will define positive youth development and explore key theoretical frameworks and research findings. We will also summarize the current understanding of adolescent development.

Register for PYD I here.

July 10 at 10:00AM – PYD II: Positive Youth Development Outcomes

One important principle of PYD is to focus on building positive youth outcomes instead of preventing or fixing problematic behavior. We will take a look at different outcome models. In addition, we will discuss and practice strategies for building positive outcomes through a strength-based approach.

Register for PYD II here.

July 14 at 10:00AM – PYD III: Youth Voice and Engagement

Another key principle of PYD is youth voice and engagement. We will explore ways to provide young people with meaningful roles and responsibilities. Authentic youth engagement, however, does not happen without addressing barriers such as adultism and other forms of adult resistance.

Register for PYD III here.

July 21 at 10:00AM – PYD IV: Youth Development Programming

In this final webinar we will review features of effective youth development programming, reflect on inclusive program environments, and explore youth-centered learning approaches and resources.

Register for PYD IV here.

Jutta Dotterweich

~ Jutta

Reading Club Selections for June 26, 2020

6/18/19 UPDATE – NOTE NEW DATE. This meeting will be held on June 26 rather than June 19, due to the Juneteenth holiday.

This week we turn to the topic of the effects of smart phones on young people. We have two articles. The first one makes large claims about the negative effects of smart phones, especially for mental health. The second is, in part, a critique of that view.

  1. Jean M. Twenge, The Atlantic: Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
  2. Lisa Guernsey, Slate: Don’t Take Away Your Teen’s Phone

(If you have time to read just one article, make it the second one –Guernsey touches on the first article’s main points, so you’ll get the gist.)

Remember to register for the reading club meeting and join us at 11:00 on Friday!

Shared Resources from the Pregnancy Prevention Work Group – 6/11/20

Pregnancy Prevention Work Group meeting – 6/11/20 (recording)

Jairo Alcantara: Youth Education through Music

Safe Horizon – Streetwork Project

In this meeting, Jairo Alcantara shared how he works to increase youth engagement and development through music, while simultaneously providing educational messaging and tools.

Watch his presentation in the meeting recording beginning at 6:37.

Thank you so much for sharing your ideas, Jairo!

Shared Resources from the Pregnancy Prevention Work Group – 5/28/20

Pregnancy Prevention Work Group meeting – 5/28/20 (recording)

Alexsia Avila and Taskin Khan: Birth Control and Consent

THEO, SUNY Downstate

This interactive presentation uses Mentimeter to engage young people in a discussion about birth control methods and consent.

Shared Resources from the Healthy Relationships Work Group – 5/27/20

Healthy Relationships Work Group meeting – 5/27/20 (recording)

Elizabeth Smith & Ash Martin: Communication and Boundaries

SUNY Downstate

Intended audience: Intended for HS-age youth, but can be adapted to work with middle school youth

Intended facilitator: Facilitators and/or teachers 

How to use: Can be used on any platform where the screen can be shared

Additional Reading Group scheduled for 6/12

To many of us our 6/5 discussion of this interview with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum (main conversation starts 15 minutes in) felt like it just scratched the surface, so we are adding a meeting on Friday, 6/12, 11-12, to continue the discussion.

If you missed the first meeting, don’t hesitate to join us for this one. One topic to consider (though the discussion will not be limited to this):

  • Are there ways we can help young people connect across racial/ethnic lines?
  • What support or preparation do we need to do this?

Join us–I’m sure it will be another rich conversation! Register here.

Shared Resources from the STI/HIV Work Group – 5/26/20

STD/HIV Prevention Work Group meeting – 5/26/20 (recording)

Roudjessie Charles: HIV 101 Presentation

SUNY Downstate

In this meeting, Roudjessie Charles shared an HIV 101 presentation that can be offered to youth in Google Classrooms in real time. It takes anywhere from 60-90 minutes to complete.

Thank you for sharing your work!