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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 14 years old. In a relaxed environment, adolescents 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.

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


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