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Mission Clinic: 6000 Lamar Ave. STE 140, Mission, KS 66202

Olathe Clinic: 11875 S. Sunset Drive STE 300, Olathe, KS 66061

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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 one-day class offers parents and children ages 9 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. The class is from 9:00 a.m.- noon on a Saturday and includes lunch. 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.

Classes can also be sponsored by a school, church, or community organization. Sponsors help to promote the class to participants and arrange for the meeting space and audio/visual equipment.

Upcoming Classes

If you have a group of five or more and would like to attend a Let's Get Growing program contact Darianne Hicks for scheduling options.

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

Online Registration

Click here to register!

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 11 to 13 years old. In a relaxed environment, adolescents will explore facts and feelings related to sexuality. Material is presented through presentations, activities, and games.

Topics include:

  • Abstinence
  • Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS
  • Psychological changes and decision making
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Sexual responsibility

Watch a 2-minute video that explains the Making a Difference program

Read what past participants are saying about Making a Difference

Click here to learn more about How Making a Difference Can Make a Difference in Your Family (expand presentation to full screen and use arrows to navigate.)

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

Want to win a $20 gift card? Just tell your friends about the class! If they register for the program and list you as their referral, you could win one of our monthly drawings!

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

The youth program is 8 hours long and is typically divided into two or three shorter sessions and held at the same location throughout the week. Healthy snacks and/or dinner are provided during each session. Kids 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 kid class for their child to attend. 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

 

Let's Get Growing Class

 

Let's Get Growing! is an interactive parent/child sexuality education program. This class is offered in a one-day format for parents and children ages 9 to 12. This is a 2.5-hour class will be divided into two parts. The first part will focus on male and female anatomy, puberty, hygiene, nutrition, self-esteem and social development. There will be a brief intermission before starting the second part of class, which will focus specifically on reproduction and conception. Discussion will be centered around how the male and female reproductive system work together to make a baby and sexual intercourse will be defined. Parents and children may choose to stay for one or both parts of class! This program helps encourage communication within the family about growing up in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. Boys and girls are taught seperately. This is a FREE class with a meal included!

For more information, please email us or call Darianne Hicks at 913-477-8124.

If you have a group of five or more and would like to attend the Let's Get Growing program contact Darianne Hicks to arrange a class!

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

Class Information
Parent Information

Note: You must submit a legitimate email address to receive a submittal notification to your email account.

Student Information
Second Student Information
Third Student Information

If there are more than 3 children attending, please submit this form a second time with that additional information.

Upcoming Events

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December 14, 2016 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Walk-in clinic hours

December 21, 2016 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Walk-in clinic hours

December 26, 2016 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

JCDHE Closed for Christmas (Dec. 26, 2016)

December 28, 2016 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

Walk-in clinic hours

January 2, 2017 | 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

JCDHE Closed for New Year's (Jan. 2, 2017)