Summer Booster Session

On Saturday, June 15th, KIR-T presents our Summer Booster Session for teachers who have been trained in IYG participating schools.  We invite you to participate in this professional development opportunity to increase your knowledge and learn techniques to help young people as you implement the curriculum in your classroom. This training is for IYG teachers ONLY. There is limited space available so RSVP today! For details and to RSVP visit:
http://KIRTsummer2019.eventbrite.com

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Dear IYG teachers,

In this Teacher Appreciation Week, we are writing to let you know how much we appreciate all that you do for the Keeping it Real Together/It’s Your Game program.

Thanks for your ongoing implementation of the It’s Your Game….Keep it Real curriculum. Due to your efforts, since 2011 more than 47,000 middle school youth in LA County have received comprehensive sexual health education. You are the key ingredient to the success of this program!

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Spring Into Love 2019 Success!

We had fun at Spring Into Love, an event in South LA where youth teach their peers about safe sex, healthy relationships, and self-love! This year there were over 260 youth and 21 community partners in attendance! We shared the Pocket Guide website (pocketguidla.org) with lots of students, and with the help of We Can Stop STDs LA, we rolled out our very first Instagram Sweepstakes! We loved the contributions youth made to the sweepstakes and enjoyed seeing the event through their eyes.

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KIR-T Project is Active Once Again!

Funding for the project –  from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Office of Adolescent Health) – has been reinstated for the 2018-2019 academic year.  We are glad to be back to providing support for sexual health education, parent education, providing information about services, and community mobilization work around teen pregnancy and STD prevention.  We look forward to collaborating with our school and community partners!

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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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