Guiding youth to lead healthy and safe lives.

Human Growth & Development

Cut Through the Confusion

Puberty is an awkward and embarrassing time for most children. It can be difficult for kids to talk openly with their parents about what’s happening to their bodies, and easy to end up relying on misinformation spread by their ill-informed peers. Creating an open and honest environment where kids feel comfortable asking questions and learning about their developing bodies is the best way to ensure they make safe, healthy choices for themselves.

Human Growth & Development

While parents and guardians are the ones who ultimately teach their children to value their bodies and relationships, they do not always have all the facts they need to discuss the nuances of human growth and development. LifeSmart Youth offers age-appropriate, gender-specific, medically-accurate programs that teach students how to take care of their growing bodies—especially during the turbulent years of puberty.

“The program is very important for students to understand what changes their bodies are going through and ways they can help. Some do not get that information from home. The content is delivered in a professional yet relatable way for students.”

What Students Learn:

4th Grade

Puberty for Boys/Puberty for Girls

This program is offered in gender-specific classes. Programs focus on the physical and emotional changes accompanying puberty.

  • Boys and girls meet separately to discuss anatomy and gender-specific changes of puberty including height, weight, body hair growth, and emotional changes. Girls discuss changes including widening hips, growing breasts, and menstruation. Boys’ topics include broadening shoulders, voice changes, and nocturnal emissions.
  • Both classes focus on respect for self and others and emphasize the importance of hygiene, nutrition, exercise, and rest.
  • Students identify trusted adults, such as parents and guardians, who can answer additional questions.

5th Grade

Puberty for Boys/Puberty for Girls

This program is offered in gender-specific classes.

  • Boys and girls meet separately to review and expand on gender-specific information learned in fourth grade and to learn about changes that happen to the opposite sex during puberty.
  • The program defines sexual reproduction and discusses abstinence as the only 100% effective way to prevent pregnancy.
  • Students continue their focus on respect for self and others and on seeking help from trusted adults.

6th Grade

Pregnancy, STDs, and Peer Pressure

This program is offered in gender-specific classes.

  • Boys and girls meet separately to review the basics of previous puberty education programs.
  • The program focuses on teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevention.
  • Students are taught that abstinence is the only 100% way to avoid pregnancy and STDs.
  • Students engage in interactive sessions which facilitate skills development in positive communication and refusal.

Indiana law (IC 20-10.1-4-11) states, “when sexuality education is taught, abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage must be stressed. Instruction must teach that abstinence outside of marriage and a mutually monogamous relationship inside of marriage are the best ways to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems.” LifeSmart Youth adheres to Indiana’s legal requirements in our abstinence-based programs. We also utilize the medically accurate definition of abstinence as “not engaging in vaginal, oral, or anal sex.”

In accordance with the new Indiana law SB65, parents of the youth served by LifeSmart Youth are provided Opt In consent forms for the Human Growth & Development and Making A Difference! programs.

The one-session program in each grade level builds on the information offered the previous year. For more information or to schedule a program, contact us at (317) 667-0340 or info@lifesmartyouth.org.

For more information:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/school/Pages/Teaching-Health-Education-in-School.aspx

 

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