Curriculum – 8th Grade and HS

Objectives

The purpose of the program is to teach the social, psychological, and physical health gains to be realized through risk avoidance.

Students who participate in Project REACH will:
– Receive current and medically accurate information pertaining to the physical, mental, and emotional challenges of adolescence and the consequences of teen sexual activity.
– Receive current accurate information on the medical and legal definition of sexual activity.
– Obtain increased awareness of fact vs. fiction pertaining to messages and sexual myths generated through peers and/or multiple media sources.
– Obtain increased awareness of the difference between “love” and married love, as well as the risk of multiple partners.
– Obtain increased awareness of the value of self-control, delayed gratification, limit setting, refusal skills, and the value of sexual abstinence.
– Understand how teens who have already participated in sexual activity can change their behavior, and begin to demonstrate self-control.
– Obtain increased awareness of the laws pertaining to sexual behavior, internet, cell phone, and photography safety.

Day 1:
– Review consequences of sexual activity before marriage.
– Why do teens take the risk of becoming sexually active?
— Curiosity
— They are “ready”
— Alcohol or drug involvement
— Thrill seeking
— Peer pressure
— Media influences
— Seeking affection
– Define sex vs. sexuality
–The difference between body parts and the whole person (physical, mental, emotional, social, value system)
– Explain body “signals” to help teens recognize the difference between focus on the person and focus on the body parts.
– Which would they like to be recognized for: their person or their parts?

Homework: write 5 positive non-physical characteristics of the person they were assigned to in class.
 Day 2:
– Review question: Would they like to be recognized for their person or their parts?
– Wanna Bet Demo: (How easy it is to say yes, and wish you had said no)
– Recognizing how quickly one can be set up in a scenario they never believed they would be part of.
– Recognizing the difference between men and women.

-Explain pre-frontal cortex maturation.

-Alcohol and Drugs effects on the brain and decision making

-Importance of recognizing ones inner gifts vs physical appearance

-Need to feel affection thru touch: scientific evidence revealed

-appropriate vs inappropriate touch: importance of setting limits.
Day 3:

– Why it is important to S.E.S.! (to remain a person/not just a set of “parts”)
— Set a limit
— Express a limit
— Stick to a limit
– Frog Demo: Law of diminishing returns
– Bryan’s Story (teen who died of AIDS)

Day 4:
– Complete Bryan’s story if necessary, add Bubba’s story (consequences are not always just about “you”)
– Reinforce need to be examined for STD’s if sexual contact has occurred.
– Reinforce “Your actions not only effect you, they effect everyone in your life who loves you” – family, friends (mentally, emotionally, and socially)
– When is sex okay?
– Consequences of multiple partners
– Explain/reinforce/encourage ;earning from mistakes we regret.
– How do you know when you are in love enough to get married? (Build the married house)
– Handout: Grady’s Rules

Day 5
– Alcohol or Drug experimentation will influence decision making process.
— Birth stats for teens
— Effect on self, family, and friends-physically, mentally, emotionally
– If sex and birth control were the answer, would we have this discussion?
– What is the only 100% way to avoid pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease?
– Condom failure rates reviewed. (With typical use…because we are not robots…condoms fail 15% in preventing pregnancy and between 5-50% in preventing STI’s)
– Sexually transmitted disease effect on self, family, friends -physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.
– “All My Diseases” Game/Demo
– Is Sex a Crime?
— Review current legalities of behavior, phone, internet, and photography safety.

– Bonding Chemicals released during all sexual activity explained.
– Handout: Refusal Skills (explained and encouraged)
– Demo/Handout: Grady’s Crazy Ways to Say No
– Handouts:

— What? Sex Can Be A Crime
— Bryan’s Frog