Have you heard of the SECS Project yet?
SECS (yes, we sound it out like s-e-x) is a huge resource for junior high teachers who teach Healthy Living in Grades 7 to 9.
Most junior high schools in the South Shore Regional School Board do have (or soon will have) a clear plastic tote full of great resources on sexual health and healthy relationships.
The best part of the kit, however, is the 148-page guide with lesson plans geared to actual outcomes for Healthy Living courses at the 7, 8, and 9 level. Of course, teachers can certainly pluck lesson plans and activities from the guide to teach media literacy and other essential skills in other grades or subjects.
This project was funded through a generous grant from the United Way of Lunenburg County, which has long supported our work here at the Sexual Health Centre. Our SHIFT project, a series of easy to read brochures on everything from safer tattoos to condom use, was funded through a United Way grant.
The grant is done, but this fall, we’re continuing to support educators with presentations and information on the kit.
We’d also like to have Healthy Living teachers who teach junior high students in the SSRSB fill out a survey for us (click here to go straight to the survey). This information will be used to improve our resource, and hopefully secure funding for future projects.
We can’t reach every student out there, but teachers can. That’s why we’re excited to bring this resource to those who work with youth every day.
In the future, we hope to have more of SECS online so educators beyond the SSRSB can use the guide to teach valuable lessons on healthy relationships, sexual health, and creating safe spaces.