Teen Skills and Teen Health
Ninth-Grade Teen Skills Class:
The mission of this class is to provide a supportive place for ninth graders to develop life skills to help with their transition to high school. This class is team taught and organized by the peer advisors and the health educator. Each week students engage in participatory classes where they explore issues relevant to their first semester of high school. These topics include time management, organization, stress, peer pressure, friendship changes, communication with parents and teachers, and learning to use and understand the resources available to support students.
Sophomore Teen Health Class:
During the Spring of the sophomore year students take a teen health class. This class is focused on engaging students in a lively discussion about the health issues that they experience. It is organized and taught by the peer advisors with the support and supervision of the health educator. The topics covered include drugs, alcohol, contraception, STIs, stress, sleep, nutrition, body image, media literacy, youth rights, gender, GLTB issues, and relationships. The purpose of the course is to present facts and information, as well as to provide a setting in which to discuss views and opinions, consider how to handle relevant situations and ask questions about a variety of health related subjects. Students are encouraged to formulate their own views and consider different perspectives in deciding what healthy choices they want to make for themselves.