Every October is Let's Talk Month!

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What is Let's Talk Month?

Let's Talk Month is a national public education campaign celebrated in October and coordinated by Advocates for Youth. Let's Talk Month is an opportunity for community agencies, religious institutions, businesses, schools, media, parent groups and health providers to plan programs and activities which encourage parent/child communication about sexuality.

  • Parents are the best sexuality educators for their children.
  • Parents want to be good sex educators, but may not always understand how to do the job well.
  • Children want sex education from their parents or legal guardians.
  • You can be an "askable" parent, a caring parent, and a wise counselor.

Check out these resources and articles for Let’s Talk Month.


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Organizations: Making Let's Talk Month Great

We know that parents are the first and most important sexual health educators in their children’s lives. However, not all parents are comfortable with or have the resources to discuss sexual health with their children. Often, parents want to talk to their son or daughter about this issue, but are afraid that they will not have the right answers and do not know where to get them.

Sexuality education is a process, never just a onetime “talk”. Parents/guardians and their children should have many, many conversations about sexual health that are age appropriate and timely. We want young people to make healthy choices about sex, and that means they have the right to open and honest, age appropriate information and to have a trusted adult that they can talk to.

And that’s why every October we coordinate ‘Let's Talk Month’. A national public education campaign to help parents and their children navigate a path to a healthy life where young people can make healthy and responsible decisions around sex. And we’re proud to have partners such and these join in this campaign: thank you to Teenwise Minnesota for suggesting Let’s Talk house parties and providing experts to facilitate these fun and educational meetings; The Family Planning Council sent out critical tips of healthy communication to their members; Planned Parenthood Federation of America conducted a national survey with Family Circle Magazine on how parents/guardians are communicating to their children about sex; Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina hosted a ‘Let’s Talk Month’ PSA contest and you can view one of the videos here; a few days ago WV Free screened, “Let’s Talk About Sex” with a Q&A with parents and teens after the movie; and the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP) has several events and activities planned for parents throughout the state including partnering with local schools, parent outreach organizations, local Boys & Girls Clubs, and working with the CDC-sponsored “We Are Change” Youth Leadership Council.

There are many more organizations and community groups that are holding ‘Let’s Talk’ activities across the country, please keep us updated on the great work you’re doing!

Ten Things You Can Do For Let's Talk Month

  • Include an article about Let's Talk Month in your newsletter or bulletin.
  • Sponsor a parent-child communication training program at your school.
  • Provide parents with resources such as pamphlets, brochures, and articles, etc.
  • Encourage your school board member, administrators, teachers, nurse, and counselors to attend training programs in child/adolescent health and sexuality.
  • Ask parents and other adults to wear an "I'm Askable " button.
  • Suggest that parents leave an "invitation to talk" in their child's lunch, bedroom, on a mirror, or any other place the child will find it.
  • Sponsor a contest (coloring, poster, essay) for your students that encourages parent-child communication.
  • Promote local civic organizations to sponsor an event that will promote child health and /or parent-child communication.
  • Encourage local churches and other faith organizations to participate in promoting Let's Talk Month activities in your area.
  • Start a "make a date" campaign. Ask parents to schedule a time with their family to sit down and talk together.

Messages Worth Repeating

  • All of us are growing and changing throughout our lives.
  • Everyone develops in his/her own way.
  • Your way is unique and special and valid.
  • Everybody's body is private and deserves respect.
  • Sexuality is a beautiful gift—something to be handled wisely.

Communication Tips

Door Openers

  • "What do you think?"
  • "That's a good question."
  • "I don't know, but I'll find out."
  • "I'm trying to understand what you're feeling."
  • "Do you know that word means?"
  • "I'm glad you told me about that."

Door Slammers

  • "You're too young."
  • "Where did you hear that?"
  • "If you say that word again, I'll …"
  • "That's none of your business."
  • "I don't care what your friends are doing."
  • "That's just for boys (girls)."
  • "We'll talk about that when you need to know.
 
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