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Chelsea Varnum, M.Ed., is the Youth Wellness Manager in Sexual Health Promotion at Columbus Public Health. She coordinates the Teen Outreach Program, the Central Ohio Coalition for Sexual Health, and community based sexual health education for youth. Through this position she supports community leaders in effectively engaging youth and supporting sexual health in youth and young adults. She received her Masters of Education in Human Sexuality from Widener University in 2012.
Presentation: Youth-Centered Sex Education: Building Inclusive Spaces that Support Critical Thinking
Time: Breakout Session 4
Sexual health education is one of the few subjects that allow students to explore who they are and how they relate to the world. In this session we will discuss the importance of having a broad definition of sexuality, supporting divergent thinking, and building self-efficacy in youth. These tools will help to create thoughtful discussions among teens, build inclusive spaces, and prepare young people to be sexually healthy adults.
1. By the end of the session participants will be able to identify the circles of sexuality as a tool for defining sexuality.
2. By the end of the session participants will identify divergent thinking as an important part of critical thinking.
3. By the end of the session participants will be able to explain why divergent thinking is part of creating inclusive spaces.