For more than 30 years, YWCA’s Contact Plus Program has worked with middle school and high school youth in the Minneapolis Public Schools to provide sexual health education. Contact Plus engages with youth between the ages of 11 – 18 around holistic sexual health education and self-empowerment, so they are informed and active agents of their health. Our focus is to help youth continue to cultivate positive relationships and be leaders in their communities.
As part of this program, students:
YWCA integrates proven curriculum into the program, including Girls Inc.® Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy in girls groups and has developed an original toolkit focused on inclusive, gender-affirming and pleasure-positive sexuality education.
To learn more about the Contact Plus program or find out if the program is available at your school, contact Katie Rehani at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-215-4388.
In 2017-2018, over 200 youth participated in Contact Plus. 99% reported avoiding becoming pregnant or fathering a child for a least nine months after beginning participation in the program.
YWCA Minneapolis developed a Sexuality Education Toolkit for youth workers to provide support for educators who want to create an inclusive sexuality education experience for young people.
“I don’t want to be with a guy who is trying to push me around. I get to decide when I am ready for all that stuff. I need to focus on school right now, not worry all the time if I might get pregnant!”