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What’s Sex Got to Do with Hope, Healing, and Resilience? Healthy Sexual Development to Improve Outcomes for Youth in Foster Care

August 5 @ 12:00 pm - 7:30 pm

No matter what sector you come from – education, workforce, housing, transportation, child welfare, health, or advocacy –  knowing how to support the healthy sexual development of young people is important in supporting them. Sexual and reproductive health intersects with and influences all aspects of the life of a young person in foster care, including their overall social-emotional wellbeing.

As in prior conferences, the 2021 Reproductive Health Equity Project (RHEP) conference will include sessions in three areas: Head, Heart, and Hands. The Head, Heart and Hands framework was developed by Just Communities for talking about and taking action on equity.

“Head” Sessions: Attendees will learn the current data, law, and policy behind sexual and reproductive health for youth in foster care.

“Hands” Sessions: Attendees will hear about exciting new sexual health education and health services that are tailored to youth in foster care and get concrete tools to support the healthy sexual development, bodily autonomy, and decision-making of the young people with whom they work.

“Heart” Sessions: Attendees will be offered the opportunity to think about and re-envision traditional narratives about what it means to support young people’s healthy sexual development and family construction. The expert perspectives of young people with lived experience in the foster care system will be centered and highlighted throughout.

And for 2021, we introduce “Hope”: This year, RHEP will take the Head, Heart, and Hands framework one step further and highlight throughout the day how ‘Hope’  plays a crucial role in young people’s resilience and aspirational healing journeys. Concepts, practices, and opportunities for healing will be interwoven throughout the day.

Join us on August 5th to understand and receive tools to empower youth in foster care to make informed decisions about their bodies, relationships, and reproductive lives and futures.

Certificates of completion provided.

Details

Date:
August 5
Time:
12:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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