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Sex Education

Leading public health and medical professional organizations support a comprehensive approach to educating young people about sex.

We believe all people deserve access to sex education programs that provide reliable and accurate information.

Strong evidence suggests that comprehensive approaches to sex education help young people to delay sex and also to have healthy, responsible, and mutually protective relationships when they do become sexually active. Many programs result in delayed sexual debut, reduced frequency of sex and number of partners, increased condom or contraceptive use, or reduced sexual risk-taking.

In North Dakota, Planned Parenthood offers education programming through a partnership with North Dakota State University, funded through a federal Personal Responsibility Education Program grant. The goals of the programs are to:

  • Decrease unintended teen pregnancy
  • Reduce rates of sexually transmitted infections
  • Promote healthy relationships for young people

Planned Parenthood believes in comprehensive, honest sex education for young people as well as adults. Since 2013, Planned Parenthood educators have:

  • Trained more than 380 people in Fargo to be peer educators
  • Peer educators have reported more than 10,000 conversations with their peers about sexual health
  • Increased communication between teens and parents about sex
  • Boosted comfort in talking about sexuality
  • Expanded knowledge about sexual health

Programs offered in North Dakota include:

  • Reach One Teach One (ROTO), a ten-session class that gives young people an opportunity to learn about real-life issues related to sexuality and then share their knowledge with others through peer education
  • Sexual Health and Adolescent Risk Prevention (SHARP), for teens facing substance abuse; a one-time intensive 4-hour class designed to reduce risky behaviors associated with sexual decision making and chemical use
  • Parents are Sexuality Educators (PASE), a class for parents who want to learn how to have comfortable, matter-of-fact conversations with their kids about sexuality
  • Safe Spaces, a training for professionals who work with youth to be approachable, nonjudgmental, and reliable resources for sexual health information for the youth they serve

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