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Whether it is working with youth or adults, the Responsible Sex Education Institute has a variety of programming options that meet our communities’ needs from individual lesson to evidence based curricula. Our programs align with national and state sexual health standards and laws. A leader in the sex education field, the Institute ensures its programs empower participants with the knowledge and skills to make responsible decisions with regard to their sexual health. The Institute is committed to comprehensive sex education which supports sexual abstinence, while also providing information about birth control, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), healthy relationships, consent, and more!
- The Institute may ask for payment and/or mileage, which helps to cover our costs and includes an expert speaker, all presentation materials, as well as external condoms, internal condoms, and dental dams for participants (by request).
Our lessons are now virtual!
Available Direct Ed Programming
The Responsible Sex Education Institute offers developmentally appropriate and medically accurate individual lessons that use innovative technology and supports students in the development of 21st Century Skills. We have all these topics available virtually through a live or asynchronous format.
Click the topic for more information on each lesson, including the health standards.
Contact us if you’re looking for sex education for adults or elementary school youth.
Encouraging Autonomy through Sex Education (EASE): A sex education curriculum for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD)
EASE is a 16-session curriculum that can be taught virtually or in person. Program implementation is thoughtfully constructed based on the access needs of each group. RSEI educators can teach the full curriculum or facilitate an individual lesson topic.
The lesson topics include:
- The People in Our Lives
- Sexual and Reproductive Anatomy
- Right to Privacy
- Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE)
- Reducing Sexual Risk
- Taking Care of Yourself, Taking Care of Your Health
- Assertive Communication Skills
- Choices and Decision-Making
- Positive, Harmful, and Abusive Traits in Relationships
- Romantic Feelings and Romantic Relationships
- Friends, Followers, and Flirts: Navigating the Internet and Social Media
- Exploring Dating
- Feeling Sexy, Sexual Feelings, and Sex
- Anatomy as the Body Ages
EASE can be adapted for high school and middle school audiences.
Promotores de Salud
The Promotores de Salud Program has been a part of the Responsible Sex Education Institute since January 2010. Sometimes called lay health advisors or community health workers, promotores are community members trained to provide sexual health education in their communities, primarily in Spanish. They often serve as a bridge between their community and local health care systems, including Planned Parenthood health centers. The programmatic goal is to ensure everyone has the information they need to make responsible choices regarding their sexual health; including the importance of preventative care, family planning, and how to get testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.
This program utilizes a peer education model, which involves sharing their knowledge with family, friends, and neighbors through group presentations, called “pláticas”. Pláticas are delivered in Spanish, and topics include:
- Sexual and reproductive anatomy
- Birth control methods
- Sexually transmitted infections (STI)
- Pregnancy options
- Sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE)
- Healthy Relationships
- Reproductive Justice
- And more!
Promotores also facilitate one-on-one individualized outreach to participants, which are focused conversations on a requested topic. This program can be delivered through a live virtual format.
Promotores de Salud
El Programa de Promotores de Salud ha sido parte del Responsible Sex Education Institute desde enero del 2010. Promotores son miembros de la comunidad entrenados para ofrecer educación sobre salud sexual en sus comunidades, principalmente en español. Sirven como puente entre su comunidad y los sistemas de salud, incluyendo los centros de salud de Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. El objetivo programático es garantizar que todos tengan la información que necesitan para tomar decisiones responsables con respecto a su salud sexual; incluyendo la importancia de la atención preventiva, la planificación familiar y cómo obtener pruebas y tratamiento para las infecciones de transmisión sexual.
Este programa utiliza un modelo de educación entre compañeros, que implica que los promotores comparten su conocimiento con familiares, amigos y vecinos a través de presentaciones grupales, estas presentaciones se llaman pláticas. Los temas de pláticas incluyen:
- Métodos anticonceptivos
- Infecciones de transmisión sexual
- Opciones de embarazo
- La orientación sexual
- Relaciones Saludables
- La Justicia Reproductive
- ¡Y más!
Les promotores también hacen conversaciones individuales enfocadas en un tema solicitado. Este programa se puede entregar a través de una forma virtual.
Native Community Health Network (NCHN)
Audience: Indigenous communities in the Southwest
The Native Community Health Network (NCHN) is a community health worker program that is geared to work with Indigenous communities in the Southwest. NCHN started in 2019 and specializes in sexual and reproductive health education, advocacy, outreach, and linkage to essential resources. Their team of Community Health Workers are certified to perform Rapid HIV testing and are trained as Harm Reduction specialist in the state New Mexico. Their office is based out of Albuquerque, NM (occupied Tiwa territory) and they offer programing in and around the four corner states.
- Health and Respect Mold Our Native Youth (H.A.R.M.O.N.Y.)
- Adapted individual direct ed lessons for Indigenous audiences of all ages
- One-on-one sessions with clients
- Talking Circles for self-identified Native woman, men, and mothers
- HIV testing and Outreach (not during COVID restrictions)
Contact NCHN or if you have any questions about programming or outreach. As of right now, all lessons will be delivered in a virtual format.
Sexual Health Educator Program (SHEP)
Audience: Youth Serving Adults
Are you interested in receiving the training and support you need to teach effective sex ed to young people? If so, you are in the right place! At the Responsible Sex Education Institute, our educators are your training facilitators. Every member of our team has current, in-depth training and experience providing comprehensive sex education to youth of all ages. Not only do we offer open enrollment and custom in-person trainings, we also have a variety of support services designed to provide you with the ongoing education you need. Visit our SHEP page to learn about the available training opportunities, including our choose-your-own-adventure training modules!
In Case You’re Curious (ICYC)
Our ICYC confidential textlines help answer sexual health questions for teens, caregivers, and youth serving adults. Our trained sex educators are ready to answer your questions. To opt in send the appropriate keyword to 57890!
All Together Now
Audience: high school
All Together Now meets the needs of today’s youth ages 14-18 by providing necessary and accurate information on the importance of healthy and responsible sexuality. The program is a promising practice, 8-session curriculum. Participants who participant in All Together Now demonstrate increased knowledge and skills around accessing reproductive health services and reducing sexual health risks.
Audience: middle school or 9th grade
Get Real for middle school is a unique curriculum that emphasizes social and emotional skills as a key component of healthy relationships and responsible decision making. Information provided is medically accurate, age-appropriate and is shown to delay sex among middle school students who received Get Real, empower parents to be the primary sexuality educators of their children and help their kids delay sex, and reinforce family communication and improve communication skills for healthy relationships.
The 9th grade Get Real curriculum is a continuation of the evaluated middle school curriculum and is in the process of being evaluated itself. Get Real, empower parents to be the primary sexuality educators of their children and help their kids delay sex, and reinforce family communication and improve communication skills for healthy relationships.
Positive Prevention Plus
Audience: middle school or high school
Positive Prevention Plus is an extension the HIV/STD curriculum, Positive Prevention. The program focuses on future planning, exploring friendships and other relationships, preventing unplanned pregnancies, developing decision making skills, and preventing STIs. Additionally, program homework engages the family in these important conversations
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Check out our downloadable middle school and high school lesson plans in the RSEI online store.
“Every time the Responsible Sex Education Institute comes to present in my high school health classes I know that the kids will gain valuable information from someone who is knowledgeable, engaging, comfortable, and inclusive. Students leave feeling valued and informed, and they know where to go for accurate information. The Responsible Sex Education Institute knows how to teach all aspects of a comprehensive sex ed class for the 21st century (including consent, digital and other influences, abstinence, birth control, STIs, healthy communication, and healthy relationships).”
Teacher @ High School – 2018 – Colorado