We offer a number of programs and presentations about various topics, all facilitated by expert members of our staff.
Our programs cover a variety of specific issues in sexual health and violence prevention, and can be customized to suit your audience or group. Take a look at the listings below to learn more about our offerings, and feel free to contact us with any and all questions.
Consent Education &
- - Consent & Sexuality for High School Seniors (60 minutes): Senior year is a vital transition. Everything feels fresh, exciting, and a little terrifying: especially when it comes to sex and dating. While students tend to have a lot of ideas and misconceptions about sex and intimacy by the time they graduate, we want to ensure that they're moving into this new chapter of their lives with adequate, appropriate, and affirmative information about consent and sexuality. This program sets the precedent for students to speak openly about consent, especially as it relates to intimacy and sex, and begins to lay the future foundation for happy and healthy relationships. By the end of the presentation, students will have an understanding of what consent is and is not, and will leave with concrete tools and language to advocate for their needs and desires while respecting those of potential sexual partners. This program will also provide a platform to talk about diverse sexualities and gender identities as this relates to healthy relationships. We will provide resources for students to continue learning and exploring issues of gender and sexuality. The program includes interactive activities, and time for students' questions, and mirrors the content of our flagship show.
- - Healthy Relationships for All Ages (60 minutes): Relationships can take many different forms and while not every healthy relationship has to be sexual, every sexual relationship has to be healthy. In this program, the ultimate goal is to encourage healthy intimate relationships using but age-appropriate conversations about boundaries, communication, and consent. Interactive elements slowly build upon simple familiar concepts about permission and consent, and make this a program adaptable to various ages, comfort levels, and familiarity surrounding issues of sexual healthy.
- - Preparing Your Teen for Healthy Relationships: A Program for Parents & Caretakers (90 minutes) Parents have a critical and unique role in teaching consent and healthy relationship habits, but many feel unsure about what to say or how to effectively approach the issue with their teens. Speak About It’s parent program is designed to bring parents up to speed on important information about teen relationships, dating violence, college sexual assault, consent, and healthy sexuality. Using up-to-date research and statistics, thoughtful and tested strategies, and collaborative teaching methods, Speak About It arms parents with the knowledge, language, and skills to initiate important conversations about relationships and sex in ways that align with their values and culture.
- - Our Digital Selves: Sex, Sexting & Social Media (90 minutes) This discussion-based program engages students on how media, pop-culture, social media and digital communication affects dating, intimacy, and sexuality. Facilitators use mix media examples to get students explore how media constructs cultural ideas about sex, sexuality, gender roles, consent and relationships. We specifically engage students on topics like porn and sexting, especially in regards to consent and social pressure. Likewise, we ask students to think critically about the role social media and digital communication plays in their lives, to look at the advantages and disadvantages of all the digital information we they are sending and receiving about hooking up and sex. While we have specific goals and takeaways, this module is most successful when students direct the conversation, and discuss the examples that are relevant to their lives.
- - Mixed Messages: Gender, Consent, and Hook Up Culture (90 minutes) Similar to the above program, this discussion-based workshop asks students to look at how gender roles, specifically when it comes to sex and dating, are created and reinforced. Where do these ideas come from and why? How do they affect relationships, dating, and how are they related to sexual violence? Who gets to write the rules? Educators will use specific media examples to help students unpack these questions. This program specifically addresses masculinity and toxic culture, and explores the impact of both on folks of all genders and sexualities. The program concludes with students looking at specific ways they can challenge the narrative about gender in their own communities.
- - Sex Ed-iquette Dinner (90 minutes) Join Speak About it for dinner and sex ed! This interactive program provides students a chance with the chance to talk about sex in a comfortable environment, and learn more about healthy sexuality and its role in sexual assault prevention. For example: How do you negotiate for something that you want? What does it actually sound like to ask for consent (and how can you find out what you want)? This is great opportunity for a healthy sexuality Q&A with our educators and experts, and a great opportunity to collaborate with wellness groups or local organizations.
Violence Prevention &
- - Student Leader & Athlete Engagement Training (90 minutes): Student leaders and athletes have a unique role on campus, being active in their campus community and socially visible amongst their peers. In this program, we engage student leaders in exploring the social pressures and culture at their school, and explore what their role is as a visible leader, especially when it comes to dating, partying, and hook-up culture. After unpacking these issues, we work with students to uncover concrete action steps towards creating a safer dating environment and broader campus culture. This is a highly interactive module to move that helps students strategize how they can move towards healthier choices and outcomes for not only themselves, but for the campus as a whole.
- -Bystander Intervention Training (60 minutes) This hands-on training will provide background information about the pervasiveness of sexual violence, as well as basics in violence prevention techniques and community response. We put a special focus on empathy, and encourage students to be brave and connect personally with their peers as a means of changing their community. Educators teach practical examples of bystander intervention, using the language, skills and resources available to students' within their own community. This workshop includes tips on how to recognize situations where bystander intervention would be useful, and engages students in developing and practicing strategies for intervention that feel comfortable to them.
- Gender Roles & Violence Prevention (2 hours): How do our social conceptions of masculinity and femininity influence sexual violence? The idea of“toxic masculinity” has come up often in recent news on the heels of #MeToo and other social movements – what does this mean on a small college campus? This program engages students to think about how we can fight against stereotypes, reshape gender norms, and work towards a culture of respect. We look at how gender roles play into sexual violence, and where folks who fit outside of these binaries might feel excluded or at risk. The program concludes with students brainstorming what they can do to change their campus culture, and how they can be responsible adults in their communities beyond college.
- Party Safer (2 hours): This training mirrors our work with Heart of Hospitality, a safer space training for bars and restaurants. In this training, our educators navigate the following questions with campus leaders: What can party hosts do to create safer parties for their guests? What role does the space and the host play in the type of parties that happen at your college? How do these spaces change if alcohol is or is not included? What is the culture around drinking at your school, and does it need to change (and if so, how?)? How does gender, identity, age, or otherwise play into the party culture? In this workshop we explore the ideal kind of social culture on campus, and work with students to develop safer practices, and role-play ways to be active bystanders with peers. Excellent for Greeks, athletes, social clubs, social houses, student leaders and more.
- Continuing the Conversation (60 minutes): It can be easy to call out or identify what is wrong in a community, or what in society needs changing. But once we've identified the problem, how do we move towards a solution. This workshop engages students in how to keep the conversation about consent and healthy sexuality going. It helps them brainstorm possible groups, events, collaborations, etc that could follow a Speak About It performance or workshop, so that dialogue about consent culture continues on campus: In this workshop we ask: What does your community need to engage with most? What is the most effective way to engage other students in an issue on campus? How can we continue to engage men and masculinity in this dialogue? What kind of culture do we want to have around consent, sexuality, and bystander intervention? Students will leave the workshop with an action plan and potential next steps.
- -Aging and Healthy Sexuality (60-90 minutes) Sexual health is one of the most overlooked components of a healthy life, especially when it comes to populations 65 and older. In this workshop, educators introduce the basics of consent and reinforce tenets of healthy relationships for aging populations. Educators use sex-positive language, that is affirming of sexual pleasure at any age, and provide useful resources about safe sex practices for older adults. This workshop also teaches participants to recognize signs of an unhealthy relationship, and to apply the lens of consent to interactions outside of a sexual relationship. Educators provide participants with the tools to advocate for their needs and desires both in romantic or sexual situations, but also with medical providers, family members, friends, home health aids and more.
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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