Health Education for Youth

Our programs enhance school curriculum with adjunct workshops relating to many aspects of adolescent health, including sexual health, healthy relationships, decision-making, identity, and substance use. Professional staff and trained volunteers present dynamic, interactive, age-appropriate workshops for grades 5-12, promoting lively, thought-provoking discussion.

Workshops for Grades 9-12

Sexual Health

Sexual Health Decision Making
Grades 9-12
This comprehensive workshop covers consent, sexually transmitted infections, birth control, and responsible decision-making. This highly interactive workshop uses student-generated scenarios and role play to explore sexual health risks and and strategies to reduce them, including a focus on communicating personal boundaries and sexual health decisions with current or potential partners.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Grades 9-12
This workshop covers bacterial, viral, and parasitic STIs, including transmission, testing, treatment, and prevention. Students evaluate STI risk of sexual behaviors and strategies to reduce risk, such as testing, barrier methods, and lower-risk behaviors, including abstinence. Students also practice communicating sexual health decisions with a partner.

Birth Control
Grades 9-12
This workshop covers methods of contraception, including abstinence and barrier & hormonal methods. It also information on the biology of how pregnancy occurs and pregnancy risk. Students consider factors in determining which contraceptive method to use.

Healthy Relationships

Let’s Talk About Sex: Communicating Boundaries & Consent
Grades 9-12
This interactive workshop explores the importance of defining and communicating personal boundaries with potential sexual or romantic partners. After brainstorming strategies for effective communication, students will discuss different kinds of boundaries and define consent. Finally, students are given an opportunity to practice communicating about sexual health decisions through role play.

Sexual Assault: Bystander Intervention & Survivor Support
Grades 9-12
Every two minutes, someone in the US is sexually assaulted. Eroding this statistic begins with educating students about positive communication and what they can do to stop rape. After exploring consent, students watch a short video of a possible sexual assault and brainstorm strategies for intervention. At the end, participants learn how to help a friend who has been assaulted.

LGBTQ+ Identities

Pride Peer Education Workshop: Identities and Allyship
Grades 9-12
Facilitated by Pride Youth Leaders in partnership with Angles’ Youth Program Manager, this program covers sexual and gender identities and allyship, as well as allowing Youth Leaders to share their own stories, shedding light on issues faced by LGBTQ+ youth in schools and in society.

Workshops for Grades 5-8

Sexual Health

Puberty
Grades 5-6
When the pituitary gland kicks into gear, bodies change from head to toe! This series of workshops, given over 3 class sessions, covers the physical, social, and emotional changes of puberty and strategies to manage them. We recommend combining with Human Reproduction, described below.

Human Reproduction
Grades 5-6
Covering human reproduction, pregnancy, and birth, this workshop is an age-appropriate answer to the question, “Where do babies come from?”

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Grade 7
This workshop focuses on the different types of STIs, including viral, bacterial, and parasitic. Students learn about the symptoms and effects of each infection, their prevalence, testing, and how they are treated or cured.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
Grade 8
This workshop covers how STIs are spread and focuses on threes strategies that people can use to reduce their risk, including abstinence, barrier methods, and regular testing and treatment. Students brainstorm barriers to using each method and strategies for overcoming those barriers.

Birth Control
Grades 7-8
This workshop covers methods of contraception, including abstinence and barrier & hormonal methods. It also covers the biology of how pregnancy occurs and students are given the opportunity to brainstorm factors to consider before engaging in sexual behaviors. Content is similar to our high school Birth Control workshop, but presented in an age-appropriate formate for middle school students.

Healthy Relationships

Healthy Relationships: Boundaries & Harassment
Grades 6-7
This workshop introduces boundaries in all relationships, particularly friendships. Students learn how to identify boundaries, communicate boundaries, and the importance of respecting others’ boundaries through interactive scenarios. This workshop addresses the Illinois mandate to include age-appropriate sexual abuse/assault prevention (Erin’s Law).

Healthy Relationships: Sexual Harassment vs. Flirting
Grades 7-8
This workshop focuses on differentiating sexual harassment from flirting and introduces consent for sexual behavior. Students discuss appropriate ways to show affection, practice establishing and communicating boundaries, and explore the consequences of not respecting others’ boundaries. This workshop addresses the Illinois mandate to include age-appropriate sexual abuse/assault prevention (Erin’s Law).

The “C” Word: Consent
Grades 7-8
This workshop introduces consent for sexual behaviors. Through games and age-appropriate scenarios, students learn that consent must be an informed, enthusiastic yes. This workshop addresses the Illinois mandate to include age-appropriate sexual abuse/assault prevention (Erin’s Law).

LGBTQ+ Identities

Pride Peer Education Workshop: Identities and Allyship
Grades 6-8
Facilitated by Pride Youth Leaders in partnership with Angles’ Youth Program Manager, this workshop covers sexual & gender identities and allyship, as well as allowing Youth Leaders to share their own stories, shedding light on issues faced by LGBTQ+ youth in schools and in society. Content is similar to our high school Identities and Allyship workshop, but presented in an age-appropriate formate for middle school students.

Ready to schedule?

Find out how to book a workshop with Angles here.

Didn’t see what you were looking for or have more questions?

Please reach out to Lizzy Appleby, Youth Program Manager, at 847.441.6191 x3 or Lizzy@angles.org.