"Over two-thirds of my students pointed to your program as hands-down the best thing they learned in class. All year."
-Teacher, Deering High School, Portland ME
Each of our prevention education programs is customized specifically for every high school, college, and community we serve.
Our flagship show, seen by over 250,000 students nationwide, is recommended for college, advanced high school, and young adult audiences.
The hour-long performance is an inclusive, sex-positive, affirmative, and true-to-life look at consent and healthy relationships. The performance educates, empowers, and entertains audience members by encouraging openness and communication among peers and partners. Five diverse educators engage students on a peer-to-peer level, delivering humorous, honest, and impactful skits and monologues written by real students that educate about healthy relationships, the importance of consent, and the realities around alcohol and sexual assault. Paired with practical examples of how to get consent and bystander intervention tactics, the show is widely relatable and sparks dynamic conversation among students about how to end sexual violence in their own communities.
"Speak About It successfully begins a conversation that few know how to start. The performance addresses those moments that few people talk about. My only regret was that they did not come to my college earlier!" - Katie, Bates College
We recommend pairing our flagship show with a facilitation training or facilitated discussion to keep the conversation going on your campus. Both are included for free with the performance.
Colleges: For colleges, we recommend hosting facilitated discussions led by student leaders within your community. Our educators will train your student leaders (such as RAs, orientation leaders, peer mentors, etc.) to lead effective facilitated conversations that reinforce concepts from the show, and to create a safe space for all students to discuss reactions, questions, and steps for further action. The trainings provide skills for creating safer spaces, inspiring dialogue, and negotiating conflict. Our educators also help student leaders build a concrete structure for dialogue and devise questions to inspire deeper engagement with the show's themes, lessons and ideas.
High Schools: For high schools, our educators work with student leaders to co-facilitate post-show conversations that support, reinforce and investigate concepts presented in the show. First, our educators work with student leaders prior to the show to develop a structure and questions that shape the conversation and help students make connections between the show and their lives. Following the show, students will meet in small groups with student leaders and Speak About It educators and engage in a dialogue about sexual assault prevention, consent, and healthy relationships as it pertains to their school's culture and future college and post-high school experiences.
We offer a number of programs and presentations about various sexual health topics, all facilitated by expert members of our staff.
These presentations include in-depth information about a number of topics pertaining to sexual health, gender, consent, relationships and more. These programs can used as a follow-up to our flagship show, as stand alone programming, or as part of a conference or workshop series, or otherwise.
Our custom programs are available for a diversity of audiences beyond students, and we are happy to customize and include information specific to your group's needs. We have worked with parent groups, special education organizations, community centers, workplaces, and more. Take a look at our existing offerings by clicking the link below to learn more. Don't see something you're looking for? Email us and we'll work together to find an offering that is right for you!
"One of the best student wellness presentations I've seen in 25 years in teaching! After seeing this presentation, our students are much more prepared for some of the more delicate challenges in today's world." -Principal, Berwick Academy
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- "I was significantly impressed with the show's ability to be funny, sincere and serious. I was not expecting to learn anything from it, but I think that the demonstration skits were very enjoyable, engaging to watch, and informative. Thank you for teaching me!"
- - First Year Man
“It’s not easy to find programming that leave faculty, staff and students all equally happy, so all of us involved in scripting what the First Year Class sees and hears in those crucial first few days on campus feel fortunate enough indeed to have found you. Our First Days committee had looked for years to find the best way to talk to our newly arrived charges about what we consider to be the most important and pressing community issue on our campus, and we all feel most fortunate to have found Speak About It. Well done!”
- - David Johnson, Dean of First Year Students, Williams College
- "This is the best educational performance I gave ever seen because it was so real and honest and non-preachy. I gained a lot of useful knowledge and tips that I will use in college, and I think that many of my classmates felt the same way."
- - High School Woman
“Speak About It does what many people in the sexual violence prevention field previously thought was impossible: it combines humor, healthy sexuality, and consent in nuanced and entertaining ways while simultaneously treating the issue of sexual violence on college campuses with respect and sensitivity. The dialogue is real and sounds like college students talking, instead of what adults might think college students sound like. Watching the actors of Speak About It perform is fun, engaging, and students will learn valuable lessons to last them a lifetime.”
- – Cara Courchesne, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault
- "This was a wonderful experience, truly unlike anything I've ever experienced. The performers handled such a delicate topic with grace, aplomb, (a healthy dose of humor), and most importantly, respect. I highly recommend this to everyone, regardless of gender, lifestyle, or sexual orientation."
- - First year Woman
“Speak About It offers high school students an honest, compelling, and realistic look at the issues of healthy relationships, sexual decision-making, and consent. The performance and facilitated discussion provide students with tools to make decisions that are consistent with their values, respect others, and protect their health and safety. This is a must-see performance for graduating students preparing to navigate independent living or college life. The show provokes excellent discussion and reflection on the part of young adults who need guidance on how to develop healthy relationships.”
- – Dr. Elinor Scully, Associate Head of School, National Cathedral School, Washington, DC
Speak About It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with high schools and colleges to educate, entertain, and empower students to create positive change within their communities, advocate for and practice healthy relationship habits, and prevent sexual violence.
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