I was able to get three other medical students to come, too, and I know they don't all share my "beliefs" (that word is so inane, but every time I want to avoid offending people I find myself using it). I feel like I'm sneaking truth under the radar!
Reasons I like this program:
- It was designed by a Catholic and a mom of (then) preteens
- It spans 3-7 years and is age-appropriate
- It's not anti-sex
- It encourages
- abstinence until marriage
- seeing a doctor if you've had sex, for STD treatment
- wellness (abstaining from drugs, smoking, alcohol, and dangerous behaviors...not just "don't have sex!!")--it's holistic
- It doesn't rely on scare-tactics or graphic pictures. It's based on facts and moments of reflection ("what would happen if..." or "where would I like to be in four years?")
- It gives the facts. All of them: the medical and socioeconomic effects of premarital sex, the bonuses of a healthy life, and the facts on contraception.
- It incorporates the law (the legal age to consent to sex is 17; statutory rape, etc.)
- Their data comes from reliable places, e.g. the CDC (see here for the CDC's information on STDs)
- I want to show these kids/peers/friends that I care. I want them to have rich relationships and I want them to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy
- It's urgent! The more lives are affected early, the healthier our society will be.
- It's fun! I miss acting and teaching from high school and TAC.