Positive Language for Shameless Sex Ed Training

Date(s) - 11/09/2021
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM



Training Details

Positive Language for Shameless Sex Ed Training


NOVEMBER 9TH, 2021 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Applications Open October 22nd – November 7th, 2021

“Your words have power. Speak words that are kind, loving, positive, uplifting, encouraging, and life-giving.” – Unknown

As spreaders of knowledge, we typically share information using various forms of language but we rarely pause to examine how the words we use will impact our audience.  What comes to mind when you hear: HIV? Teen Pregnancy? Many of the words used in Sex Ed have gone from being basic vocabulary used to teach to being fear and shame-inducing verbiage.  Together, we can change that and create a sexual health culture of acceptance, understanding, growth, and knowledge.

This NEW training is designed to help youth workers explore the power of language to reduce stigma and shame around many key sexual education topics like teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, STIs, consent, gender, and more!  We will utilize group brainstorming, reviewing best practices, and discussing topics in small group activities to explore our responsibility for positive language when teaching sexual health education topics. Participants will acquire the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to effectively address a variety of challenging issues that may arise when working with vulnerable youth clients. New Beginnings, Inc., with support from the Maine Department of Education, is pleased to offer this training opportunity and Staff of youth-serving agencies and alternative schools are welcome to apply!

Learning Objectives Include:

  • How Reducing Stigma Reduces HIV Transmission
  • What is Sex Positivity?
  • The Truth Behind the Messages
  • Re-wording Existing Verbiage
  • People-First and Youth-Centric Language
  • The Future of Sexual Health Education

Do you work with or otherwise mentor a young person who may be interested in learning the skills associated with participating in this training alongside you?

Email ewabnitz@newbeginmaine.com for more info!

This training series is virtual; participation requires access to a device compatible with Zoom software, a stable internet connection, and working speakers, webcam, and microphone. Participants should also be able to successfully navigate the “chat” feature (i.e. working mouse and keyboard).

***Certificates of Attendance will be provided upon completion; Please do not apply for this training if you cannot attend.***

Training Application

Applications are closed for this event.

For more information contact:
Kelly Colbath

Kelly Colbath

Prevention & Training Coordinator

PLEASE NOTE: Application priority will be given to youth workers and staff from youth/social service agencies, residential programs, and alternative schools who work with teens and young adults at high risk for negative health outcomes or homelessness/out of home placements. Adults/educators who do not currently work directly with these youth (e.g. primarily work with younger adolescents, children, lower-risk populations, or in program administration) may submit an application request but will likely be placed on the waiting list until after the application deadline, and contacted as space allows.