About Andrea Barrica
Andrea Barrica is the CEO and co-founder of O.school, a judgment-free media platform to learn about sexuality and pleasure. As a queer woman of color, she’s been fighting to bring more humanity to the tech industry, and her mission is to create the world’s most trusted sexual wellness brand to help people increase their sexual health, power, and confidence. Previously, Andrea co-founded the leading financial solution for growing startups, inDinero.com, which now employs 150+ employees globally. She also served as a venture partner at 500 Startups, a global venture capital fund, where she worked with hundreds of startup companies.
Andrea was raised in a religious, conservative Filipino family that only taught abstinence and she only had fear-based sex education in public schools. Seeking support and information, Barrica could not find reliable resources and experienced harassment online. Determined that no one else should have to struggle like she did, Barrica launched O.schoolin 2017 to change the way people learn about sexuality.
Andrea is the author of “Sextech Revolution: the Future of Sexual Wellness,” and has been published in the NYTimes, SELF,Forbes.com, and recognized on Fast Companies Queer 50 inaugural list.
The future of sex through tech…which is much closer than you may think
Opening Session: Monday, 11/16, 2:00 PM ET
Facilitator: Andrea Barrica | CEO & Co-founder of O.school, Author
From sexting, to dating apps, and watching porn, young people are connected to technology and digital media more than ever, and this connectivity is helping shape their virtual and physical relationships with others. For some educators it’s hard to imagine intimate relationships that started, matured, culminated, and ended all through the use of digital media. For others, it’s impossible not to think of digital media as a critical ingredient for meeting and connecting with potential partners.
Andrea Barrica, sextech entrepreneur and founder of O.school and the author of Sextech Revolution: the Future of Sexual Wellness will invite us to take a step into the world of how technology will continue to shape how we experience sexuality and relationships, and how we can take advantage of the platform it provides to promote sexual wellness for all, but mostly for sexual minorities often left out of traditional sexual health messaging.
Coming from a conservative, first-generation Filipino-American family, Andrea struggled with her own sexuality at a young age. As a queer, spirited entrepreneur, she founded O.school to fill the gap between traditional sex ed and porn by bringing judgment-free, medically accurate educational content online.
Andrea will take us on a tour exploring the current landscape of technology—the good and the concerning—that youth are engaging with and provide actionable ways for educators and youth advocates to meet youth where they are—which is often online in digital spaces.
What’s the Deal with Porn?
Closing Plenary: Wednesday, 11/18, 3:45 PM ET
Bring up pornography in any conversation, and you may just get an awkward silence…bring it up with sex educators, and you never know what you’re going to get. It’s complicated, to say the least.
We know young people are watching porn, and technology makes it easier than ever with fast connections and ubiquitous smartphones. It’s a typical part of adolescent development for young people to seek out more information about sex and relationships, and they may look to porn for sexual arousal, out of curiosity, or to find answers to their questions about sex.
And well, it’s not all bad. For some of us, that may be hard to understand, but research shows, for example, that for people of diverse sexual identities, porn consumption can serve as an important and positive space for sexual exploration. And contrary to what many may believe, young people may not be learning risk-taking behaviors from porn.*
So, what do we know about young people’s porn consumption? What are they learning from it? What do we want them to know about porn? And what does this all mean for sex ed?
Well, for starters, to be relevant, sex ed should equip young people with the skills necessary to be informed consumers when they inevitably watch porn. One of the ways we can do this is by helping young people learn to “read,” to “unpack,” porn using media literacy skills. This is how young people can break down the messages they see in porn to understand it as an entertainment industry…that it is very different from “real sex.”
Join us as we dive into the research we do have and what we know about young people and porn—why they watch it, how they feel about it, and more. You’ll be encouraged to reflect on how your values shape perceptions about adolescent porn use. We’ll wrap it up with concrete tips and opportunities to practice strategies to use a media literacy lens to have effective conversations with youth about porn.
About Valerie Sedivy
Valerie Sedivy, Ph.D., is the Director of Capacity Building and Evaluation at Healthy Teen Network, an organization focused on empowering all adolescents, including those who are pregnant or parenting, to thrive. She has over 25 years of experience in adolescent sexual health and currently supports adolescent health professionals through training, technical assistance, and resource development. She has provided professionals serving adolescents who are pregnant and parenting with trainings on a wide variety of topics, including collaboration, coparenting, improving programs, engaging fathers, and communicating with adolescents. She also supports a Baltimore-based project focused on gathering and sharing detailed information from service providers and young people about ways to improve services for adolescents who are pregnant and parenting, including young fathers.
About Ella Dorval Hall
Ella Dorval Hall dove headfirst into her career in sexuality when she barreled at full speed into the question, “Why don’t we learn about sexual pleasure?” Soon came other questions, like, “How has this impacted me, and other people?” and in the absence of learning about pleasure, “What ARE we learning about sex?” Ella’s collision into these questions gave birth to a sexual health website, where she used storytelling to share essential, honest information and cultivate a healthier relationship with sexuality. Ella’s approach has always been rooted in understanding how systemic, cultural, and personal factors impact a person’s sexual health, and she strongly believes in putting the experiences of young people at the center of her work.
**Sold Out** Sex Ed 101
Pre-Conference Session: Monday, 11/16, 9:00 AM ET
Valerie Sedivy, PhD, & Ella Dorval Hall | Healthy Teen Network
Thank you for your interest in this event. At this time, registration is at capacity. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please send an email to Carol Partonen. She will notify you if space becomes available.
Is it okay to laugh in sex ed?
When my student asks me, “When should a person have sex?” what are they really asking? And how do I respond?
What about sharing personal experiences…is that okay?
Join us for a four-hour pre-conference session to learn how to create and maintain an inclusive and affirming learning space. Whether you’re a newbie or looking for a refresher, this training has something for you. Know where to draw the line on sharing personal info, and build your confidence to run challenging activities, like role plays and answer all the kinds of questions we know young people are going to ask. Packed with interactive opportunities, you’ll be encouraged to engage and build your skills in this virtual training.
Space is limited, register early to reserve your spot.