If we were in the business of passing out grades, we’d give our community an “A+” for supporting school-based programs that build healthier futures for our youth.
For the last eight years, Room One has partnered with the Methow Valley School District to get upstream of significant social issues like domestic violence and teen pregnancy and provide students with the knowledge and skills they need for lifelong sexual health. According to the World Health Organization, sexual health is defined by safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence.
Because of our community's vision and support, our Methow Valley programs are now serving as a model across Okanogan County and beyond. As we start the 2016-2017 school year, here is a snapshot of last year's accomplishments:
- Taught 60+ sexual health education classes in 7th-12th grades
- Trained 4th-6th grade teachers to provide new up-to-date sexual health education
- Measured leaps in knowledge through year-end evaluations: students consistently identify qualities of healthy relationships and how to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections
- Supported a student-led "Consent Week" to reduce sexual assault and build a culture of consent
8th grade students who participate in classes continue to teach us about the value of this work:
“(I appreciate) talking about what healthy relationships actually are.”
“I think that being informed helped us be more aware of the importance of communication and protection”
“It was just really good information about life.”
“It was great talking about wanting a future that
I can decide for myself.”