Teen Health 360

The Teen Health 360 Program, housed at EVMS' Pediatrics Department, is currently funded by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The program aims to engage school-age youth (6th through 12th grades), parents, guardians, and other community stakeholders in medically accurate, age-appropriate and evidence-based Family Life Education and Comprehensive Sex Education to empower youth to make informed decisions about their relationships, health, and well-being.

The Curriculum

Get Real Comprehensive Sex Education That Works green and blue official logo from Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts.Teen Health 360 has adopted the Get Real: Comprehensive Sex Education That Works (Get Real) curriculum developed by Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts (PPLM) in 2008 and was endorsed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Get Real has been widely implemented in 44 states and Washington, D.C. The evidence-based curriculum equips middle and high school students with the knowledge and support to make decisions about their bodies, relationships and friendships. Get Real focuses on social and emotional learning skills and engages parents and caregivers as the primary sexual health educators through family activities to guide their youth on values about sex and sexuality. By building in time for practicing and assessing these skills, students are given the foundation to make responsible decisions, as well as to build and maintain healthy relationships in all aspects of their lives.

Family Involvement

  • Teen Health 360 and Get Real support parents and other caring adults as the primary sexuality educators of their children.
  • Family activities are included in the curriculum to start the conversation between students and caring adults.
  • Get Real for Parents allows parents and other caring adults access to family activities, letters, resource referrals, FAQs, and more.
  • Parents and caregivers will have the option to decide on their child’s participation.

Training

Students

Virtual and On-site lessons are delivered by certified health educators to school-age youth who are interested in learning about family life education and comprehensive sex education during week days at various locations, in collaboration with local program partners. Students that complete the program will be awarded a certificate of completion and an incentive.

Program Description

  • Middle School Program (9 lessons)
  • High School Program (11 lessons)
  • Virtual or In-Person Sessions
  • 45 minute lessons
  • Certificate of completion
  • Incentive for participation
  • An opportunity to volunteer in the Get Real peer program

Please refer to the Teen Health 360 Academy for more details on our Summer Academy 2022. 

Educators

Since October 2020, a total of 82 health educators have been trained to deliver the Get Real curriculum under the Teen Health 360 program in schools and communities. If you are interested in becoming a health educator please contact the Teen Health 360 Team for training opportunities.