Giving Teens the Courage to Make Better Decisions
Real Life is an in-school educational program that encourages youth to make healthy choices regarding at-risk behaviors which include: sexual activity, social media safety, teen dating violence, STD's, drug and alcohol abuse, bullying, and more.
Our curriculum strongly encourages utilizing self-control as an alternative to engaging in at-risk behaviors. We believe this is the best way to help students protect themselves from life-changing consequences. At the same time, our educators do not withhold the realities of addictions, STDs, unplanned pregnancies, or the emotional consequences of engaging in any of these activities.
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Our team of Real Life Educators are determined to educate students to their full potential about the outcome of their choices by developing close relationships with school leadership to determine the best approach to meet the unique needs of their student body. Our educators present current, relevant, and medically accurate information to all middle and high school students. Each student is given the tools to recognize warning signs of abuse, assess real life risk, and be empowered to make informed decisions that will help keep themselves and their relationships healthy.
Did You Know?
According to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey – 2017
39.5% of teens have engaged in sexual activity at least once
28% are currently sexually active and among those 20% are under the influence when they are engaging in sexual activity.
9.7 % have experienced sexual violence (forced to engage in some sexual act)
31.5 % felt sad or hopeless for two or more weeks and of those 75% were sexually active or had sexual contact at one time.
17.2% have seriously considered suicide
42.2 % have tried a vapor product
60.4% have tried alcohol
35.6 % have tried marijuana
15% of students are sexting (cbsnews.com)
Among 15-19-year-old sexually active girls there are 18.8 live births per 1,000 (CDC)
Combined cases of syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia reached an all-time high in the United States in 2018, according to the annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can have severe health consequences. Among the most tragic are newborn deaths related to congenital syphilis, which increased 22 percent from 2017 to 2018 (from 77 to 94 deaths). (CDC, 2019)
Director, Real Life... Teen Choices