Emily Gasner 
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Re: “Sex Ed Still Lags in Oakland Schools

Thank you for focusing on the importance of comprehensive health education in high schools. I hope to provide more information on Peer Health Exchange, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide teens with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions. We do this by training college students to teach a health curriculum in public high schools, including 11 partner schools in Oakland who are committed to providing their students with access to critical health information. During 2013-2014 we are serving over 1,600 ninth graders in OUSD, including the entire freshman class at both Skyline and Castlemont high schools, two partners of ours that are highlighted in this article. Peer Health Exchange’s curriculum is composed of thirteen workshops covering sexual health (including individual workshops on Sexual Decision Making, Pregnancy Prevention, STIS & HIV, Rape and Sexual Assault, Healthy Relationships, and Abusive Relationships), substance use and abuse, mental health, and nutrition--all with a focus on communication and decision-making skills. Our sexual health workshops include a condom demonstration as well as information on other most commonly used contraceptives. We hope that advocates for comprehensive health education in high schools will continue to grow so that all teens can have access to the knowledge and skills they need to make a healthy decisions.

Emily Gasner
Peer Health Exchange Bay Area Executive Director

Posted by Emily Gasner on 01/07/2014 at 7:07 PM

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