Thank you for your interest in the programs offered by Education for a Lifetime! We are excited for the opportunity to present our programs to your students.
Education for a Lifetime’s in-school sexual risk avoidance programs are focused on the physical and emotional health of students, encouraging them to eliminate the risks associated with sexual activity by postponing
sexual involvement until they are in a lifelong, committed relationship in the future. Research has shown that students who avoid sexual risk, when compared with high school students who are sexually active, are more likely to graduate from college (Adolescence, 2001), less likely to be depressed and attempt suicide (Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 2006; National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, 1996; The Heritage Foundation, 2003), less likely to experience dating violence (Journal of Adolescent Health, 2005; National Youth Risk Behavior Survey), and less likely to experience divorce in their own marriages in the future (The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth; Journal of Family Issues, 2002). Avoiding sexual risk tends to be a protective factor in the lives of teenagers.
Our program provides students with medically accurate information on the effectiveness of condoms and birth control in reducing the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. However, sexual abstinence is the only way to avoid the risks associated with sexual activity. When addressing other high-risk behaviors like drugs and alcohol among teenagers, primary prevention (teaching them the health dangers associated with these behaviors and skills to resist pressure) is the preferred method because research shows that these behaviors are not healthy for adolescents due to their physical development, brain development, and maturity. Sexual risk avoidance education is the primary prevention approach to sexual activity, and it encompasses lessons about the physical and emotional risks of sex, the link between other high-risk behaviors (alcohol and drugs) and sexual activity, as well as teaching skills to resist pressure, recognize healthy or unhealthy relationships, and set goals and make decisions that benefit one’s future.
Please contact us with questions or for more information on how to schedule our programs in your school. You can email or call us at 719.591.5424.