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Let's Get Growing!

kids in a circle looking down at the webpageLet's Get Growing! is an interactive parent/child sexuality education program. This 2 hour class offers parents and children ages 10 to 12 the opportunity to learn together about puberty, hygiene, reproduction, and social development.

The goals of this program are:

  • To inform young people of adolescent age of normal biological and psychological changes they will experience as they continue to grow toward adulthood.
  • To encourage family dialogue especially in the areas of relationships and sexuality.
  • To explore facts and feeling related to sexuality in order to provide children with the knowledge and skills needed to make healthy decisions in the future.

Facilitator & Parent Roles

The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment offers the Let's Get Growing! classes to schools and various community organizations. A “family-centered” approach is utilized. Instructors present factual information and facilitate discussion, and parents and teens share their views with one another.

The primary objective of the facilitators is to convey factual information while encouraging communication within the family. The facilitators are health educators, nurses, and counselors, comfortable discussing the subject matter and experienced at creating a relaxed, fun atmosphere for families.

Parents need to be the primary sex educators of their children. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy reports that 87% of teens say it would be easier for them to postpone sexual activity and avoid teen pregnancy if they were able to have more open, honest conversations with their parents. However, 90% of parents who believe they should talk to their kids about sex say they don’t know what to say, how to say it, or when to start. Hopefully, participation in this program will help families begin a healthy conversation about sexuality that can continue throughout adolescence.

Program Details

Let's Get Growing! classes are held once a year at the Johnson County Health Services Building, 11875 S. Sunset Dr, Olathe, KS 66061. Parents or caregivers are required to accompany children. Typically, the boys’ families and girls’ families are taught in separate rooms. A snack will be provided at the break.

Upcoming Classes

All classes subject to cancellation if class size requirement of FIVE students is not met.

Online Registration - coming soon

If you have questions or are interested in sponsoring a Let's Get Growing! class, please contact:

Darianne Hicks
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
11875 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 300
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: (913) 477-8124
Fax: (913) 477-8053
darianne.hicks@jocogov.org

 

Making a Difference Class

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Making a Difference is an abstinence approach to HIV/STD and teen pregnancy prevention that explores facts, feelings, attitudes, and values related to sexuality.

Making a Difference is a free program designed for adolescents ages 12 to 14.  In a relaxed environment, youth will explore facts and feelings related to sexuality.  Material is presented through presentations, activities, videos, and games.

Topics include:

  • Abstinence
  • Puberty and adolescent development
  • Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS
  • Psychological changes and decision making
  • Building healthy relationships
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Sexual responsibility
  • Skills to improve communication when pressured

Read what past participants are saying about Making a Difference

Click here for Sexuality Education Resources or Recursos de la Educación Sexual.

Making a Difference Teachers

Facilitators of the program are health educators, nurses, and counselors. The goal is to help families feel comfortable communicating about the difficult subject of sexuality.

Meeting Times

This 8-hour youth program is typically divided into two or three shorter sessions that will be held at the same location throughout the week. Healthy snacks are provided during each session. Participants must be present for all classes in the series to complete the program. Those who complete the entire program will receive a $10 Target gift card.  A consent form must be signed by a parent/adult caregiver on or before the first class. The consent form is included on the online registration form.

Online Registration

Click here to register for kids' classes!

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY REGISTERED, please click here to complete the consent form.

Contact Information

If you have questions or are interested in hosting a Making a Difference program, please contact:

Darianne Hicks
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
11875 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 300
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: (913) 477-8124
Fax: (913) 477-8053
darianne.hicks@jocogov.org

 

Upcoming Events

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October 25, 2017 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Walk-in Health Clinic Hours

November 1, 2017 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Walk-in Health Clinic Hours

November 8, 2017 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Walk-in Health Clinic Hours

November 8, 2017 | 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Solid Waste Management Committee Meeting

November 10, 2017 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

JCDHE Closed for Veterans Day (Nov. 10, 2017)