Heritage Community Services, in partnership with the Texas Department of State Health Services, presents Evidence-Based Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Training

Texas Dept of State Health ServicesHeritage Community Services

By Christine Kalmbach

After an objective review by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Sexual Risk Avoidance abstinence curriculum, Heritage Keepers, has been approved and found effective in delaying sexual initiation among youth. The curriculum is offered by Heritage Community Services located in Charleston, SC.

The rigorous program design involved 2,215 youth in 7-9th grades. Findings showed that those receiving the Heritage Keepers curriculum were significantly less likely to initiate sex than a comparison group at the 12 months follow-up.  The study reports,  “Sexual experience increased from 29.1% to 33.7% for the program participants, and from 29.2% to 43.2% among the comparison group.”

Information about Heritage Keepers Abstinence Education:

  • It is the only A-H consistent abstinence-until-marriage program recognized by the US HHS Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) on their list of the 31 proven-effective evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs.
  • It has been reviewed by US Office of Population Affairs, Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and approved for medical accuracy.
  • Additionally, in September 2013, the Medical Institute for Sexual Health also reviewed and approved the curriculum for medical accuracy.
  • In September 2013, the National Abstinence Education Association reviewed and approved the curriculum for meeting the federal Title V, Section 510 A-H requirements for abstinence education.
  • The curriculum has been reviewed and approved for being inclusive and non-stigmatizing towards LGBTQ youth.
  • The curriculum has been reviewed and approved for compliance with federal regulations prohibiting support of programs that promote religion or abortion.
  • The curriculum is compliant with the SC Comprehensive Health Education Act and compliant with SC Health Standards

Extensive behavioral studies indicate that a year after Heritage Keepers®, program students initiated sex at a rate 67% lower than well-matched non-program students. This particular study was of 2,215 students in 41 SC schools, and the population of the study was 63% African American. Strong program outcomes have been found across age, gender and race in rural, urban and suburban settings.

“It is important to understand what works in empowering youth to eliminate the risks of teen sexual activity. The National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) is committed to promoting research that can inform this goal. We congratulate Heritage Community Services on their success in impacting the lives and sexual health of youth, “ stated Valerie Huber, Executive Director of  NAEA.
The Texas Department of State Health Services is offering FREE Heritage Services training with your reservation (space is limited).

Tuesday, February 25 through Thursday, February 27, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm each day

Agenda/Topics Covered

Tuesday

Introduction to Evidence-Based Programs, Levels of Intervention, Psychosocial Mediators, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Behavior Change Model, Emotional Intelligence, Hardwired to Connect, Emotional Life of Boys, Social Intelligence, Self Efficacy, Primal Leadership, Biology of Love, Denial-Cultural and Personal, Benefits of Marriage, Impact of Fathers, Monitoring Fidelity, and Evaluation

Wednesday

Curriculum Overview of Heritage Keepers® Abstinence Education, Rationale and Predictors of Abstinence, Values and Goals, Dice Game, Anatomy, Birth Video, Sex is Like Fire, Marriage Fireplace, STD Presentation, STD/Pink Water Demonstration, Role-Plays, Love-Lust-Infatuation, Perfect Person to Date vs. Perfect Spouse, SAFE Plan, Imagine Your Wedding, Commitment Cards 

Thursday
Application of theory and methodology to the curriculum

Who should attend?

Public and private school educators, youth leaders, community agencies that serve youth, youth and family  counselors, health providers and advocates, parent leaders, and those in related fields.
Seating is Limited!

President’s Budget Eliminates Sexual Risk Avoidance Programs

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, April 10, 2013


President’s Budget Eliminates Sexual Risk Avoidance Programs

Today, President Obama sent his proposed FY 2014 budget to Congress. In an unfortunate, but predictable move, the budget calls for the elimination of discretionary funding for Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) abstinence education. In addition, it also directs the US Department of Health and Human Services to repurpose a portion of the Congressionally-established Title V state block grant for abstinence education to yet another new program that focuses on contraception rather than on avoiding all risk.[i]  Using Title V funds for programs that are not compliant with the Congressional definition for abstinence education is a violation of congressional intent and therefore, outside the authority of this budgetary directive.

The FY 2014 budget will only increase the current 1:16 disparity between SRA abstinence education and so-called ‘comprehensive’’ sex education. Nearly 7 in 10 Democratic parents would like to see more equality in funding for abstinence education and almost 60% specifically oppose the president’s efforts to eliminate SRA funding.[ii] In addition, since nearly 75% of teens targeted for sex education classes (age 15-17) are not sexually active,[iii] one would expect federal sex education policy to reinforce these good decisions and encourage more teens to make the same healthy choices. Sadly, the President’s recent budget ignores these compelling facts in favor of making a wrong-headed policy statement that serves the narrow agenda of  special interest groups.

Valerie Huber, President/CEO of NAEA states: “The President’s move to eliminate Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) abstinence programs is completely out of touch with what his base wants, what parents want, and what is in the best interest of America’s youth.”

Research shows that students benefit from SRA programs, regardless of their sexual experience, or lack thereof.  Students in successful SRA programs are more likely to delay sex than their peers, and if they are sexually active, have fewer partners and are no less likely to use a condom.

Huber continues: “It’s troubling that the President would want to prevent students from receiving the encouragement and skills to avoid sexual risk.”

NAEA calls on Congress to ignore the President’s sex education policy recommendations and instead choose the common  sense position of supporting SRA programs and the positive results they are achieving among youth.


[i] Fiscal Year 2014 Appendix: budget of the US government. Pages 461, 480-1. Available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2014/assets/appendix.pdf
[ii] Parents Speak Out survey. Available at http://www.whatTheyToldUs.org
[iii] National Center for Health Statistics. ( 2011). Teenagers in the United States: Sexual
activity, contraceptive use, and childbearing, 2006–2010 . National Survey of Family Growth. National Health Statistics Reports 23(31) : 1
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NAEA is a professional association representing organizations and individuals who support a priority on risk avoidance through abstinence education. NAEA members serve students across the nation. For more information, visit the NAEA website: www.theNAEA.org and www.abstinenceworks.org.

To arrange an interview with NAEA, contact Christine Eckley at 202-248-5420 or 937-608-7262 or email at info@TheNAEA.org

www.theNAEA.org www.AbstinenceWorks.org 

Parents Beware of It’s Your Game Sex Ed Curriculum

By Jennifer Fleck, Houston parent,
attorney and advocate for students

It’s Your Game (IYG) is a sex education curriculum implemented in at least 14 Texas school districts, mostly in the Houston area. IYG was developed by the University of
Texas Prevention Research Center with feedback and funding from Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast. The affiliation is carefully documented and can be viewed at
http://www.sexednurschool.com. IYG is primarily implemented in the 7th and 8th grade, but is taught as early as 6th grade in a few districts. IYG reiterates in almost every lesson of
Level 1 that the student’s life is a game and that the student is the most important person in his/her game. It reminds me of Frank Peretti’s book, Piercing the Darkness,
in which the main character narrates the following: “I was taught I was the ultimate authority in my life, the final arbiter of all truth, the only decider of my values, and that no prior traditions, notions about God, or value systems had any authority over my will, my spirit, my behavior. ‘Maximum autonomy,’ they called it. Such ideas can be very inviting.
“…maximum autonomy wasn’t the great liberation and joy I thought it would be. I felt like a kid let loose to play in an indefinitely huge yard–I started to wish there was a fence
somewhere. At least then I would know where I was.”
Do you think Trent Mays and Ma’Lik Richmond know where they are today? [The two Steubenville, Ohio, high school football players were recently convicted of raping an intoxicated 16-year old girl at a party and sending photos of the rape via social media.] The group has been described as just teens being teens, sleeping wherever with whomever — a present day example of a teenage culture of weak ethics in which these two teens and many of their friends admittedly were allowed the freedoms of young adults, yet lacked the maturity to handle that freedom. Social media accounts of the night expose an entire world that seems like a Hollywood script of a high school team out of control.
Unfortunately, I am not surprised and I am sure many of you aren’t either. IYG sets students up for failure, as would we all if we let teens make their own rules and made light of
serious life decisions. With comprehensive sex education curriculums like IYG that profess to teach life skills, goal setting and enrich the students’ lives, you can also expect to
see the following: games, casual sex scenarios, and cartoon videos, such as the “Condom Platoon.”  The developers of IYG attempt to be relevant, but the result is age-inappropriate, offensive, graphic, and demeaning. IYG removes all prohibitions by normalizing perverted sexual conversation, and, in effect, has students practice verbal foreplay.
The curriculum uses derogatory and offensive terms, such as “ho,” “slut,” “p— me off,” “lame,” “idiot,” and “Oh my God!” A “Truth or Dare” script performed by students states,
“They were making out and he started feeling on her, you know, ‘down there.’ And then she started to feel on him, too.” In one video, a boy and girl are making out on his bed and
he suggests they have sex. He does not have a condom, but tells the girl she can please him in other ways. Later in the lesson the students are asked about the consequences of
“oral sex.” She contracts Herpes from this sexual encounter; but, after they talk about it, “she loves and trusts him more, they are in a better place, and really care for each other.”
Three kinds of sex are explicitly defined and presented as equal. A video describes “anal” sex between partners; another demonstrates condom use. An online lesson shows graphic drawings of how to use a condom and then tells students to put the drawings in order from start to finish. The “Condom Platoon” video explains things that can go wrong with condom use and discusses condoms that are “ribbed,” “ultra sheer,” and “show-offs like the glow-in-the-dark.”
IYG undermines parents and the professional community with demeaning descriptions. Fathers are described as “flicking the remote control, snoring on the couch, and phasing out while mom shares her feelings.” Students are told that counselors provide “touchy feely self inquiry (with mandated psychobabble) that puts you in touch with your child within,” and pastors are seen “rapping with ‘The Man’.” It’s very comprehensive, if you think life and sex are a game. School boards are adopting IYG unanimously, mainly
because it’s being paid for with grant money derived from our tax dollars. Destruction for free.

WHAT YOU CAN DO: To learn more about It’s Your Game, visit http://www.sexednurschool.com or http://www.itsyourgame.org. Find out what your school district is teaching and get
involved with your district Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC). Contact your state representative and state senator to support SB 521 and HB 1057, which prohibits abortion
providers and their affiliates from providing sex education in public schools.

See the article at: http://www.texaseagle.org/torch/view/april-2013

Planned Parenthood Redefines Abstinence for Kids Sex Education

March 29, 2013 10:25 AM EDT

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Planned Parenthood has been in the news recently for receiving $350 million dollars of federal funding for sexual education programs starting in Kindergarten. The program redefines abstinence as engaging in sexual activities that does not result in pregnancy.

Planned Parenthoods Creepy and Violent CartoonPaul E. Rondeau from the Washington Times Communities writes that the abortion provider says that “abstinence…means choosing not to do any sexual activity that carries a risk for pregnancy or STD/HIV,” which is clearly stated in one of their sample lesson plans. The plan also includes an activity to teach kids how to avoid pregnancy. It advises the teacher “Explain that for purposes of this activity we will make believe that everyone in the class is having unprotected sex each month, although we know that most young people their age are not having sex.” This is just bizarre.

PP is not known for being a fan of abstinence (as it is defined for the rest of the world), as they state clearly on their website that “Abstinence-only programs often promote alarmist misinformation about sexual health and force-feed students religious ideology that condemns homosexuality, masturbation, abortion, and contraception. In doing so, they endanger students’ sexual health.” Planned Parenthood simply works around their hatred of teaching children to abstain from sex by redefining “abstinence” entirely.

The abortion provider has always had a disdain for teaching abstinence to children, as is illustrated in the video below, produced by a PP in San Francisco, which shows an evil man telling kids (around the 1:30 minute mark) “As I was saying, kids, the only way to avoid pregnancy is to practice abstinence.” He was destroyed by the “choice” superhero in this disturbing cartoon.

ObamaCare funding awarded to states mandates that states “educate adolescents and young adults on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.” Consider that “abstinence” does not necessarily mean “abstinence”.

Parents may want to pay attention to what their kids are being taught in school. Taxpayers may want to pay attention to where their hard-earned money is going.

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