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5th Grade: Changes as We Grow - The Early Years
  • Holistic approach to state-mandated maturation/reproduction unit. Designed to ease the anxiety that often surrounds this topic, and gives students a framework to look at puberty in an informative, respectful, and non-threatening way.
6th Grade: Changes as We Grow
  • Social skills based, maturation/reproduction and "introduction to adolescence" program. Activities focus on emotional, social and physical changes to expect, and how to handle them.
7th Grade: The Best is Worth Waiting For
  • Starts with the best and only 100% safe sexual decision - abstinence. Introduces Holistic Sexuality Education, but focuses primarily on emotional and physical considerations. Topics include media influence, unwanted touch, and sexually transmitted disease.
8th Grade: Ready for the Pressure
  • Decision making skills program utilizing integrated components from the 7th grade curriculum. Adds ethical and social risks. Topics include setting personal standards, identifying risky situations, and developing an abstinence plan.
9th Grade: Tell it Like it is
  • Assertive communication program with emphasis on sexual decisions. Components include recognizing sexual pressure and influence, analyzing relationships, and assertive communication role plays.
10th Grade: Relationships - Risk and Reward
  • Relationship education program for teens. Focus is on gender communication differences and analyzing what it takes for healthy male-female relationships now and in the future.
Parenting 101
  • Parenting awareness program emphasizing the preparation necessary for parenthood. Topics include the challenges of parenthood, child developmental stages, and positive discipline. 
Sexually Transmitted Infection Program
  • Purpose: To provide a holistic approach to sexually transmitted infection education. Over three days, students will learn about STI trends (especially among teens), transmission, symptoms, long-term impact, and three levels of 'protection': Intellectual, Social, and Physical.
Parent Involvement

Parent-Child Homework assignments: TPP professes the idea that parents are the primary educator of children when it comes to sexuality education. With that, all TPP programs contain age appropriate parent-child homework assignments with the goal of increasing communication on a range of topics. Examples can be found in the student workbook section of the website.

“Dear Mom and Dad” : TPP offers the presentation “Dear Mom and Dad- Teen Parents Talk to Parents of Young Teens” . The program is for parents and middle school age students to attend together, is presented by local teen parents. The focus of this facilitated panel is “how I got here”, giving parents perspectives that will motivate them to talk more often and more meaningfully to their children about relationships and sexual decisions.

“It’s Just Sex, Right?” This book designed for parents of middle schoolers is an anthology of short stories from over 30 local teen parents and abstinent high school students that have spoken as panel members for TPP over the years. Teens tell stories of peer pressure, dating violence, benefits of abstinence and consequences of early sexual decisions. It is a great way to open conversations with young teens. For ordering information contact the TPP director; [email protected].

Website: TPP offers two options for parents looking for more information, perspective or conversations starters related to sexuality education: and TPP's parent Facebook page:

School Open House and Student Orientation: TPP is available to present any or all of the six-year program for parents in either a formal presentation at student orientation, or as a resource at school open houses. Contact your school principal to make arrangements.

Geauga County Education Service Center
8221 Auburn Road Painesville, Ohio 44077 | Phone: (440) 350-2563 | Fax: (440) 352-6066
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