The Reading Club is back! This week we have two articles on a theme. If you have time to read only one, make it the first. Register here for Friday, 5/15, at 11:00.
- Why the Coronavirus Is Hitting Black Americans Hardest
(Slate interview with Akilah Johnson)
- Coronavirus Numbers Reflect New York City’s Deep Economic Divide (The Intercept)
Hope you’ll join us for this timely topic!
Hi folks! Just a quick note to let you know there will not be a meeting of the reading club on Friday 5/1 or Friday, May 8. Find all this week’s events on the CAPP and PREP Training Calendar!
The American Journal of Sexuality Education is hosting Wednesday evening e-chats…including one tonight! Thanks to Anne Van Der Veer of Northwell Health for alerting us to this opportunity!
All sessions run 6:00-6:30 PM Eastern, and space is limited. April and May topics:
- April 22: Emerging Adults’ Perceptions of Male Circumcision in the United States: Facts, Fictions, and Future Plans, with Michelle Murray and Katherine Allen
- May 6: Teaching Sex Ed Online, with Karen Rayne (this one is full– scroll down to the bottom of the registration page to indicate your interest if they run it again)
- May 13: Why those from Faith Backgrounds – such as Muslim Communities – Benefit from and Need Comprehensive, Values-Based Sex Education, with Sameera Qureshi
- May 20: Hegemonic Masculinity During Parent-Child Communication with Sexual Minority Male Adolescents, with Delmacio Flores
- May 27: Negotiating Shame, Silence, Abstinence, and Period Sex: Women’s Shift from Harmful Memorable Messages about Reproductive and Sexual Health, with Valerie Rubinsky, Angela Cooke-Jackson, & Jacqueline Gunning
If you have ideas for online professional development, please add them in the comments!
We’re switching it up this week and have a documentary as
well as an article for discussion:
- Let’s Talk About Sex, This 2009 film reveals U.S. attitudes toward adolescent sexuality and the price paid by young people for our unwillingness to talk honestly about sex.
We have a lot to talk about! Remember to register
for the meeting.
Our first reading club meeting was a big hit! Though Jutta
may have broken out into a bit of a sweat trying to put everyone in and out of
small groups, it was great to actually lay eyes on so many people and hear your
voices and your insights. Don’t forget to register
for this week’s meeting and save some time for the readings:
1. From Public Seminar: The
Performance of Transgender Inclusion
2. From Teaching Tolerance: Being
There for Nonbinary Youth
Hope to see everyone there!
Do you have suggestions for CAPP/PREP/SRAE reading club selections on adolescent development, adolescent sexual health, or positive youth development? Put them in the comments, and be sure to include a link!
For our first reading club discussion (which will be April 10 at 11:00), we’re taking a suggestion raised at a provider learning collaborative meeting:
Peggy Orenstein: The Miseducation of the American Boy
In this Atlantic article, Orenstein — who interviewed over 100 boys and young men for her new book — considers why we need to give boys new and better models of masculinity.
- About Boys
ACT for Youth web page with additional resources
Happy reading! Don’t forget to register for the discussion!
We crunched the numbers on your evaluation of the 2019 BWIAH Provider Meeting. Here’s what the 50+ CAPP and PREP providers who answered these questions had to say:
You were kind to us about registration.
We didn’t need evaluations to know that the registration
process needs a new approach – but you were remarkably tolerant!
You liked the Albany Capital Center.
94% of those who answered this question agreed that the
Albany Capital Center worked well as the event venue. There was one caveat that
was probably mentioned more than any other comment: it was too cold. A few
people who were unable to stay nearby missed the convenience of having it at a
hotel or at least having the event within walking distance. The inexpensive
parking was appreciated.
You were happy that food was provided this year, though it
should have included protein options at breakfast, coffee and tea in the
afternoon, and water in each room.
Structure & Timing
While some loved the start and end times, others did not.
Some of you would lengthen the event overall while others would shorten it;
some wanted longer workshops and others wanted shorter ones.
But certain messages came through clearly: Build in more
breaks! Having two working lunches was really too much, and Day One was
long and packed. The networking reception was a highlight for many
participants, but it came at the end of a long day. Many of you would have
liked more time for networking.
- We heard many positive comments on the keynotes—particularly Amy Cunningham’s talk on self-care. Some did not like the political slant of Loretta Ross’s presentation, but overall, most of you were happy with the keynotes.
- Workshops could have been more interactive – there was too much sitting. Many people were happy with the range of topics, and many of the workshops got high marks.
- The CAPP and PREP provider group meeting was another highlight. Many of you loved the discussion and would have liked to have more of it.
Let’s cut to the chase. Was it a good use of your time?
YES. The vast majority of those who responded to this question
– 98% – agreed that it was time well spent. One person was neutral and several people who completed other questions skipped this one. Either they were unsure or just didn’t want to hurt our feelings!
It makes a difference!
We anticipate being able to offer another Provider Meeting in 2020 or 2021. Rest assured your feedback is already helping us make changes for the next event. Our thanks go to everyone who took the time to complete the evaluations—it DOES make a difference!
If you have anything to add about the 2019 Provider Meeting or the kind of event you would like to see in the future, please let us know in the comments!
Our home base, Cornell University, will be closed from December 22 through New Year’s Day, reopening January 2, 2019. We hope you’ll be getting a break too.
Best wishes to all from the ACT for Youth team!
How much do you know about the menstrual cycle and fertility? How about the way different contraceptives work? Do you know how the major STDs affect the body? Can you explain the difference between sex and gender? Many CAPP and PREP projects are based in organizations that do not specialize in human sexuality. If you are not sure that you could comfortably and confidently answer a wide range of questions on sexual health, you may want to take advantage of the many resources available for your professional development.
Self-assessment is an excellent place to start. Healthy Teen Network has developed a self-assessment tool (PDF) for sexual health educators, much of it focused on content. Rate yourself so that you have a good sense of where your weaker areas are – the content areas where you could use a booster.
Planned Parenthood of NYC Training Institute
A wide variety of topics are offered in PPNYC’s Training Institute. Continuing education contact hours, including Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) contact hours, are available at no additional cost. Your local Planned Parenthood affiliate may also be able to provide in-service training.
National Sex Ed Conference
Sponsored by the Center for Sex Education, this annual conference offers workshops for new and seasoned sex education professionals. (Were you there last week? Tell us how it was!)
CAI (Cicatelli Associates Inc.)
CAI is a training center for NYS DOH AIDS Institute.
Online Training and Webinars
Answer (Rutgers University)
Answer offers online training and capacity building for sex education professionals, including topics such as “Sexuality ABCs” and “Sexual Anatomy and Response,” among many others.
CAPP and PREP Webinars
Find recorded webinars here. Remember to check the CAPP and PREP Training Calendar for upcoming webinars.
Cardea eLearning Courses
While Cardea’s online courses are primarily for clinicians, educators may find value in courses such as “Family Planning Basics,” “Gender Diversity 101,” and “STD 101.”
Office of Adolescent Health: Online Learning Modules
OAH offers several online learning opportunities for organizations in the teen pregnancy prevention and expecting and parenting teen fields, including “Talking with Teens about Reproductive Health” and “Adolescent Development.”
Brushing Up: Brief Reading and Videos
- Planned Parenthood has an extensive and excellent educational website.
- Gender Spectrum is a good resource for understanding gender concepts and terminology.
- Many of the curricula we are using in the CAPP and PREP initiatives include background for program facilitators.
- On the ACT for Youth Contraception page, you’ll find video clips on each birth control method, as well as Birth Control Methods in Brief (PDF).
- Brief discussions of sexual health, sexual development, condoms and dental dams, STDs, and HIV/AIDS are also on the ACT for Youth site.
- Viewing resources that are designed for youth is a way to both brush up on the facts and see examples of ways to explain sexual health issues to youth. Just a few of these resources include Amaze videos for younger teens, Sex, Etc. and Power to Decide (formerly the National Campaign) articles, Planned Parenthood for Teens, IwannaKnow, TeensHealth, and ACT Youth Network. For older teens and young adults, Bedsider is a great resource.
For a more comprehensive list, download the Directory of Professional Development Opportunities in Sexuality Education (Word) from Future of Sex Ed.
If you have resources to suggest, please comment (or you can email me directly at email@example.com).
As you’ve heard by now, Beth Mastro — trainer and TA provider extraordinaire — will not be returning to ACT for Youth. Beth, we will miss you so much! You make everything more fun. You took on tough projects. You are a true collaborator with a wise voice. And then there’s karaoke…
Please stay in touch!