I am part of a start-up chastity speaking group in my community. The leaders are trying to put together a peer-to-peer program of speakers to send to the Christian schools in my area (and hopefully public schools and colleges in the future). For a little background, we're going to be speaking to 7th-12th grade students about safe and healthy relationships, sexual health, contraception, and STI's, teen pregnancy and abortion. Some of the more interesting stuff we have thrown in are personal stories, interactive sessions with the kids, and a Q&A session at the end via collected cards for confidentiality. We're setting up a website, Facebook page, and offering free weekly texts that you can sign up for during the talks (meaning cell phones will be encouraged
There's a real need for change in my community. We have some of the highest rates of STI's in the country among teens, and it grows steadily every year. Our teen pregnancy rate is pretty high too. But we don't want them just to write on some card "I'm not going to have sex" because studies show that method fails within 18 months, as does not giving them all the facts. Our goal is to empower them with accurate information so they can make educated, positive and healthy choices in their lives.
So, I had some questions for you guys. I'm going to be one of the speakers, and the last thing I want to be is super lame! So if you can answer these and provide some insight, I'd really be excited.
Have you seen good chastity speakers/programs? What did they do right?
Have you seen bad speakers/programs? What did they do wrong?
What would you like to see in a speaker?
What's the best way to connect with the kids?
Are there any words that would really make the kids remember what we say?
How can we keep them involved in the chastity loop (i.e. checking the Facebook, going to the page, etc.)?
Thanks in advance for your help.
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