Check out some of our scheduled breakout sessions. More presentations will be added to the schedule soon.
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For a limited time, we are offering a discount on all registrations. Register by September 4, 2020, 11:59 PM ET to take advantage of the savings!
Important Conversations about Sexting
Tuesday, 11/17, 1:15 PM ET
Kris Gowen | Beyond the Talk
Sexting is now the norm among young adults: What are we doing to help youth prepare for this sexual activity? This session will demonstrate how a comprehensive sex ed approach can provide young people with the skills they need to make healthy decisions about sexting. Attendees will receive a framework to differentiate among different types of sexting, and place sexting in the context of normative youth development. The limited information on how social justice plays a role in sexting practices will also be addressed. Through an activity, participants will be invited to explore their own sexting values and better understand their peers’ values as well, building empathy for different perspectives. This presentation will challenge attendees’ current thinking about this important issue and provide them with skills to approach youth sexting using non-fear-based, non-shaming strategies.
The Power of Innovation: Reimagining School Supports for Pregnant & Parenting Youth
Tuesday, 11/17, 2:30 PM ET
Jennifer Pitt | School District of Philadelphia
Imagine a school culture in which pregnant and parenting student rights are clearly defined through policy and procedure, one that is not only responsive to the needs of pregnant and parenting youth but also makes space for innovative approaches to addressing the complexities they experience in their educational trajectories. Learn how one school district has “doubled down” on the commitment to their youngest families through a comprehensive policy expansion focused on pregnant and parenting students and hear from the team leading adaptations and outreach in the COVID-19 era. See that policy come to life through innovative approaches including a chest/breastfeeding support initiative offered through a public-private-higher education partnership. This session will take you on the path from policy to practice with an added focus on sharing your story through effective communications strategies.
Donors, Surrogates, & Technology: Overhauling How We Talk about Reproduction & Identity with Youth
Wednesday, 11/18, 1:15 PM ET
Rachel Ginocchio | Roads To Family
Imagine yourself sitting in your high school sex ed class, learning for the 100th time that sex makes babies. You have no connection to that message because you yourself were conceived with sperm from . Just last night, you logged onto 23andMe and discovered 25 half-siblings across 8 countries. You stayed up late, combing through their Instagram posts. These types of experiences are more common than you might imagine and have a huge impact on teens’ sense of self, belonging, and relationships—the cornerstones of a healthy sexual identity. With advances in medicine and technology, comes a responsibility to explain human reproduction in a brand new way—one that includes reproductive technology: egg and sperm donors, surrogacy, and assisted reproduction. Through this eye-opening workshop, participants will come away with the knowledge to teach and talk honestly, openly, and inclusively about human reproduction.