|Every October is Let's Talk Month!|
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.
Check out these resources and articles for Let’s Talk Month.
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
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