KIR-T Wraps Up School Year with Teacher Celebration

With another school year coming to a close, KIR-T hosted a final teacher meeting to discuss project sustainability and to recognize teachers for their dedication to providing sexual health education to their students. The 30 teachers who attended the event on June 2 were honored with certificates of appreciation, and several teachers spoke to the role that the program has played in their classrooms and schools over the years. In particular, teachers shared how teaching sexual health education has contributed to their confidence and classroom management skills,

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KIR-T Celebrates National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

Did you know that May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (NTPPM)? This month, KIR-T joins organizations across the country in raising awareness about teen pregnancy and how it can be prevented.

Despite historic declines in the rates of teen pregnancy and births in the United States, the U.S. teen birth rate is still higher than that of many other developed countries, and significant racial and ethnic disparities remain.1 While May is a critical time to consider teen pregnancy and how it impacts individuals and the community as a whole,

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South LA Youth Educate Peers at Spring Into Love

KIR-T is proud to support Spring Into Love, an annual youth-led health conference about safer sex, healthy relationships, and self-love. This year’s Spring Into Love drew over 150 young people from across South Los Angeles and featured presentations from youth leaders at Black Women for Wellness, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and the East Los Angeles Women’s Center.

Throughout the day, participants celebrated self-love and self-expression through music, interactive art, and even voguing, facilitated by Reach LA.

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Project Partners Talk Collective Impact

Project leaders came together on March 13, 2018 at the spring KIR-T Collaborator Meeting to discuss project updates and long-term sustainability. Notably, Valerie Coachman-Moore of Coachman Moore & Associates (CMA) spoke to the necessity of building a community-based movement to maximize our partners’ collective impact. Quarterly KIR-T Collaborator Meetings continue to be a critical means of harnessing the unique relationships between LAUSD, CUSD, Essential Access Health, the L.A. Trust, CMA, and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Division of HIV and STD Programs.

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Teacher Advisory Board Plans for Long-Term Project Sustainability

Our Teacher Advisory Board (TAB) continues to lead the charge in planning and implementing KIR-T’s long-term sustainability goals. On February 24, 2018, TAB members from seven school sites met to review newly-developed sustainability resources, including curricula maps, teacher surveys, and stakeholder commitment letters. The hard work of our TAB members — along with the increased engagement of our School Site Leads — is a crucial part of ensuring the longevity of comprehensive sexual health education in LAUSD and CUSD.

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The California Healthy Youth Act Webinar is Coming Up!

The ACLU of California is launching a new effort to engage parents and other community activists in fighting for sex education in California schools that is LGBTQ-inclusive and comprehensive—providing students with the reproductive and sexual health information they need. We’re teaming up with the ACLU to spread the word about this effort, and we thought you’d want to know about this opportunity to make change.

Save the date now and join a webinar on January 23,

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Happy Holidays from KIR-T!

Happy holidays! We jumpstarted this month with an LGBTQ Inclusivity Sex Education booster session on Dec. 2. Delivered by KIR-T staff members, Karli and Anna, the program was well-received by teachers.

One teacher stated, “I loved the new resources we were given. Resources are super valuable when teaching a new curriculum.”

Another teacher said, “The information makes me feel better prepared. I also enjoyed the environment where we are free to ask complicated and sensitive questions on important topics.”

Watch our website for updates and an invitation to our spring booster in 2018.

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