If you are a teacher or member of any organization dealing with teens, and are interested in educating them about sexuality issues, the CHART Teen Task Force offers free sexuality education. The programs are taught by Melissa Miller, BS. Melissa is a trained sexuality educator who can present programs tailored to your needs. This includes programs for girls and boys, abstinence-centered programs, and comprehensive sexuality education including pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted infections, decision making, and sexting.
Melissa presents programs at middle schools and high schools in the CHART Teen Task Force target counties of Marion, Ralls, Monroe, Shelby, Pike, Lewis and Clark. The programs can also be expanded beyond schools to youth groups, health fairs and other organizations that deal with teens.
Baby Think it Over/Empathy Belly
If you are a teacher or member of any organization dealing with teens and are interested in educating them about the responsibility of caring for a child or the effects of pregnancy, Leigh Ann Bergman, our community coordinator offers two different programs, Baby Think It Over and Empathy Belly Pregnancy Simulators, which can both be utilized by teens. The program is open to any school, church group, or youth group, in our seven county area, and is available at no charge. Our seven counties include: Marion, Ralls, Pike, Monroe, Shelby, Lewis, and Clark. Leigh Ann has been a member of the CHART Teen Task Force since 2001, and has been the coordinator of these two programs since 2005.
There are 20 Real Care Baby II infant simulators in the CHART Teen Task Force Baby Think It Over Program. The Coordinator is responsible for upkeep of the simulators, education of teachers, and students in their use, delivery to schools, and program evaluation. Each infant simulator is accompanied by a car seat and diaper bag; which includes a diaper, bottle, baby blanket, baby wipes, and a student information card. When requested by the teacher, the Community Coordinator goes into the school, trains teachers in their use, and demonstrates the use of the simulators to the students. During the 2007/2008 school 337 students and 12 schools participated in this program. Schools which utilized this program during the 2007/2008 school year include:
Mark Twain High School, Bowling Green High School, Paris High School, Paris Middle School, Foundation For Life Christian Academy, South Shelby High School, North Shelby High School, Marion County R-II, Palmyra High School, Palmyra Middle School, Highland High School, and Clark County High School.
The CHART Teen Task Force has three Pregnancy Simulators in the Empathy Belly Program. The pregnancy simulator gives the participant a 30-35 lb weight gain as well as other symptoms of pregnancy. Students normally wear the simulator for 15-20 minutes and participate in a series of activities, including; walking, sitting at a school desk, sitting on the floor, tying their shoe, etc… When requested by the teacher, or youth group leader, the community coordinator goes into the school, or group meeting, and demonstrates the simulator with the students, aiding the students as they participate using the simulator.
During the 2007/2008 school year approximately 171 students and 8 schools participated in this program. Schools which utilized this program during the 2007/2008 school year include:
If interested in either of these programs, please contact the community coordinator, Leigh Ann Bergman, at (573) 822-4271.
Baby Think it over and Empathy Belly
A REALity Experience, with REAL challenges, about Real choices, that are a part of a REAL teen’s life.