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SHARE Program

SHARE's program has several presentations geared toward specific age groups helping them to develop physically and socially. The SHARE program is broken down into three groups. To learn information on each group click on the link corresponding with the age group you would like to learn about.

Elementary

This presentation is often taught in 5th grade and answers questions about the basics of what’s happening to the body and the importance of privacy and safety as youth develop physically and socially... Read More

Middle School

Presenting at age appropriate levels, students are taught the importance of boundaries, healthy relationships, freedom from consequence, goal setting and healthy decision making... Read More

High School

Classes are taught in a judgment free manner and apply to all students regardless of their chosen orientation or gender. There is an option for the 3 or 4 session presentation curriculum... Read More

Elementary

This presentation is often taught in 5th grade.

Questions and curiosity regarding body changes are natural and need answers. This presentation answers questions about the basics of what’s happening to the body and the importance of privacy and safety as youth develop physically and socially.

Session Includes:

  • One hour gender specific presentation
  • Safety basics
  • Puberty development and uniqueness for individuals
  • Male and female reproductive anatomy and function
  • Physical changes which occur with puberty (hair, odor, shape, hormones, menstruation, voice)
  • Emotional changes that occur with puberty (hormones)
  • Social changes which occur with puberty (friendships, attractions)
  • Hygiene needs (showering, menstruation products, deodorant)
  • Privacy and risk factors with diseases (germs, stds)
  • HIV basics (transmission, protection)
  • Self-esteem, value and worth

6th Grade Session

  • Optional follow-up to 5th grade presentation
  • One hour presentation
  • Co-Ed or gender specific
  • Body development changes review (see 5th grade basics)
  • Friendships, trust and respect
  • Healthy decision making
  • Boundaries and safety (peer pressure, refusal skills)
  • Sexually transmitted diseases introduction
  • HIV review
Middle School

Young people in their middle school years are often given more independence and freedom as it comes to social media and internet technology. As a result, they are often exposed to entertainment and cultural influences which encourage experimentation and the belief that we are autonomous without risk or consequence to sexual choices. Presenting at age appropriate levels, students are taught the importance of boundaries, healthy relationships, freedom from consequence, goal setting and healthy decision making with entertainment. Physical consequences (impact of STIs, pregnancy) are also highlighted with encouraging consideration of marriage and monogamy. All sessions use power points and interactive activities to highlight the lessons.

The SHARE program offers three 1 hour presentations (preferably consecutive days) for either 7th or 8th grade.

Session 1

  • The importance of having information (based on evidence based research) in order to make informed decisions about sexual activity
  • Pregnancy as a potential outcome of sexual activity
  • Importance of setting boundaries and standards for relationships
  • Guidelines for establishing healthy relationships
  • Refusal skills for risky behaviors
  • Infatuation vs love
  • Legacies
  • Guarding your heart
  • Emotional and physical impacts of sexual activity

Session 2

  • Sexually transmitted diseases and infections – differences and similarities
  • Statistically speaking….. realities of today’s culture
  • Understand the transmission of diseases and infections
  • Symptoms (and lack of) for common STIs
  • Dangers and impact of 6 major STIs and the impact on health (including HIV/AIDS)
  • Bacterial vs Viral infections
  • Benefit of monogamy in relation to risk behavior

Session 3

  • Importance of setting short and long term goals in our lives
  • Life line stages for success
  • Balancing goals with realities and relationships
  • Recognizing destructive behavior patterns (pornography/sexting)
  • Gain awareness of the Impact and influence of social media
  • Safety on the internet
  • Recognizing signs of toxic relationships and guarding against them
  • Learning how to benefit from knowledge and not repeat mistakes
  • Reminders of worth and value – self-esteem and confidence building
High School

High school instruction is provided during Health class and can be taken in any of the 4 high school years. The classes can also be provided for summer school instruction or as an addition to online health classes. Health classes are often the last formal educational opportunities young people have to hear about health outcomes. It will also prepare them for foundational standards which will help to equip them for their college experiences. Classes are taught in a judgment free manor and apply to all students regardless of their chosen orientation or gender. There is an option for the 3 or 4 session presentation curriculum.

The SHARE program offers three or four 1 hour presentations.

Session 1 - Pregnancy

  • SHARE program overview (Fake News/Facts Survey)
  • Consent guidelines
  • Reproductive system functions and fertilization basics
  • Fetal development stages (conception – birth)
  • Safe Delivery of Newborn Act
  • Teen pregnancy and impact on educational goals, finances, employment, social life and relationships
  • Legal responsibilities for parenthood

Outcomes: Students will have a realistic understanding of the challenges that come with teen pregnancy. They will understand that being sexually active puts them at risk for having an unplanned pregnancy. Decisions to be sexually abstinent until they are in a committed monogamous relationship being the healthiest choice for them physically is taught and emphasis is given to raising children in a two-parent home in the bounds of a faithful monogamous relationship. They will examine the steps of fetal development and have an opportunity to examine fetal models at various stages of development from conception through 20 weeks.

Session 2 - Sexually Transmitted Infections

  • Identification of common sexually transmitted infections, their symptoms and transmission
  • Health impact and consequences of STD/STIs, including HIV/AIDS
  • Risk factors for STIs
  • Current statistics on how STIs are impacting the health care of our youth
  • Prevention strategies and risk reduction vs risk avoidance
  • Importance of testing for those who are sexually active

Outcomes: Students will have a better understanding of the nature of STIs as well as be equipped with information to allow them to make good choices for their overall health. They will understand that being sexual is not just a physical activity but affects their emotions and heart as well. Strong encouragement will be provided to make good choices for their health, to avoid sexual activity, be tested for STIs if they are sexually active, and to discontinue being sexually active if they have begun.

Session 3 - Birth Control

  • Understanding the methods used for birth control and contraception
  • Understand the basic differences between behavioral, hormonal and barrier methods
  • Review the advantages and disadvantages of more commonly used contraceptive methods
  • Understand the terminology of perfect use vs typical use related to effectiveness rates
  • Recognize the limitations of birth control as they relate to STI transmission

Outcomes: Students will have factual information regarding contraceptive methods. This will dispel any myths commonly understood. Students will understand the limitations of birth control for preventing STI transmission. The class ends with a review of the material covered with an activity that highlights the risks associated with early sexual debut for a young person.

Session 4 - Relationships

  • Relationship basics (every type!)
  • Explore dynamics for healthy relationships following the Relationship Attachment Model (RAM)
    KNOW, TRUST, RELY, COMMIT, TOUCH
  • Role play scenarios based on a healthy relationship model
  • Recognizing safety zones for relationships
  • Family dynamics, peer pressure, values that influence relationship decisions
  • Importance of trust and time in relationship formations
  • Benefits of waiting
  • Signs of unhealthy relationships

Outcomes: Students will have a better understanding of the importance of establishing a relationship with healthy boundaries and logically to move through the tenets of the RAM teaching. There are activities which aid them to work through development of healthy decision making and to recognize destructive behaviors. Each student will leave with the knowledge they have value and deserving of respect. Presentations deal with all relationships and not only those involving attraction. Students will be better equipped to handle all relationship pressures that come from their current and post high school experiences in college and the workforce.