The YWCA has provided Toledo Public Schools with developmentally appropriate sexuality education for middle and high school students since 2007. Lucas County Commissioners, Lucas County Job and Family Services, Lucas County Family Council and Toledo Public Schools adopted national best practice, comprehensive sexuality education programs to address the critical need in Lucas County for reducing teen parenting. Lucas County has consistently been near the top of teen pregnancy rates among major urban counties during the last two decades.
The YWCA Youth Development Department brings Draw the Line/Respect the Line, a national best practice curriculum to all Toledo Public Schools’ 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and Reducing the Risk, an age- specific comprehensive, sexual education curriculum presented to all Toledo Public School high school health classes. Students and teacher comments as well as an independent evaluation from Bowling Green State University clearly demonstrate that young people make healthier choices in regards to their sexual behaviors because of these programs.
Check out our article in The Blade here.