Young people today receive many messages about sexual health, sexuality and relationships from their friends, music, TV, movies, magazines, etc. We're hoping to open space so that the church and parents can also have a strong guiding voice, helping young people nurture and care for God's gift of sexuality.
A successful conversation about sex and sexuality helps youth develop the following:
No one is completely comfortable talking about sex. If you are interested in further resources, try:
This is a great guide for parents with lots of advice on how to start a conversation, how to be an "askable" parent, and how to respond to the questions you might get.
The Sex, etc. site, by and for teens, has developed a section by and for parents with amazing resources, including pre-designed sex-ed curricula, activities to go with articles and a list-serv.
For information on religion and sexuality, including a great article on what the Bible says about sex.
These resources were developed in 2004 by Jenna Tiitsman and David Lewicki for a youth program at First Presbyterian Church of New Haven. The suggested resources have been carefully selected, but we cannot assure their content will remain helpful and appropriate in the future.