Comprehensive relationship education for teens
by Marline Pearson
- Relationship Smarts PLUS – NEW!!!
• Becoming Sex Smart
• Communication Smarts: PREP® for Teens
• Baby Smarts: Through the Eyes of a Child
Teens today live and breathe in a culture that touts casual sex and casual connections. Love U2® is a series of units that help young people acquire practical skills for emotionally healthy and ethically sound relationships. It focuses on helping teens craft a roadmap toward what they hope to achieve, not just what they must avoid.
“Relationship Smarts PLUS,” based on the 5-year federal evaluation study at Auburn University, offers 13 activity-based lessons to guide teens in building healthy relationships and making wise choices. Covers topics such as maturity, values clarification and peer pressure, attractions and infatuation, building blocks for positive relationships, identify and future orientation, how to gauge relationship health, the low-risk relationship strategy, principles of smart relationships, the nature of true intimacy and a realistic concept of love, and breaking up. Also features cutting edge date violence prevention material, communication/conflict skills, and a unique approach to pregnancy prevention that educates about the needs of children. NEW! Engaging teen workbook and Parent/Guardian—Teen Connection activities.
“Becoming Sex Smart” includes 11 lessons about the emotional and social aspects of sexuality that are too often ignored in sexuality discussions. A powerful motivational approach to help teens craft a “North Star,” set boundaries, and more confidently navigate romantic relationships.
“Communication Smarts: PREP® for Teens” gives teens 7 lessons in communication and conflict management skills for use with peers and family. The material is adapted for teens from the highly acclaimed, research-based PREP ® programs.
“Baby Smarts: Through the Eyes of a Child” challenges teens to consider how a child is affected by having parents who are young, unmarried and unprepared. The 10 lessons cover child development, the impact of early experiences, fatherhood, parents’ relationships and marriage.
Love U2® programs are designed for schools, youth agencies, clubs and faith-based organizations.
Carol Mock is a certified instructor in the Love U2 Courses