My 7th Grade Students Learned ALOT

“To whom it may concern,

“I have had the privilege of hosting Teen Empower in my 7th grade science classroom the past two weeks. They have already had an enormous impact on these kids, and their knowledge about their bodies and the decisions that will face them have been improved substantially. It was uncomfortable for some of them (and they told me as much), but they also said they learned a LOT.

“COVID has had a rough impact on my students. They have largely been away from the social interactions normal students would have for the past two years. As such, their social and emotional maturity is often lacking. Their physical maturity, unfortunately, keeps marching onward. I already know these kids are starting to be faced with decisions way beyond their years. Ones that rob them of their own agency and power. This course allows them to know the consequences that face them, make informed decisions, and take the power back so they can live the life they want to live.

“I didn’t have the same type of sexual health education as a child. It was more shame and fear based, causing us to fear an essential part of our humanity. I wish I had the chance to take a program as effective as SHAPE. It would have helped instill in my the knowledge and self confidence that I can take power over my sexual health and not fear it.

“I appreciate all that Kathy, Zoe, and Katia did for my class and for me. The students won’t forget the lessons they learned. It is my earnest hope they incorporate said lessons into their lives well past their adolescence.”

Colton Birch, Taft Middle School, Oklahoma City

Teachers like Mr. Birch care so deeply about the well-being of their students. The impact teachers and other trusted adults have on young people is palpable, and it is evidenced in the students’ success, even when often the odds are against them.

Our mission is to educate, motivate and empower students to make informed decisions on their sexual health. Part of what makes that possible is the supportive and encouraging staff at the schools we serve.

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