Research demonstrates that teens who talk with their parents and other trusted adults about sex and sexuality are less likely to engage in high-risk behavior. However, many adults are uncomfortable talking openly with the young people in their lives about these issues. Adults are often well-intentioned and want to discuss sex and sexuality with their children, but they are not sure how to begin. Teenagers report wanting to have these honest discussions with adults, but they often feel that same discomfort.
Talk to Me: A Family Night Event gives parents, guardians, and teens the opportunity to talk about issues like privacy, trust, and independence in a non-threatening, fun, and dynamic workshop. Our goal is to increase our comfort with difficult conversations. By encouraging adult-teen communication, we hope to create a forum for those important conversations that help young people grow into strong and healthy adults. Also, we want to showcase our Teen Council. Our teens have been working hard this year, and we want you to come out and see them in action!
Adults who have attended previous Family Night events have indicated that they feel more comfortable talking with teens and sexuality, and that they are more likely to initiate a conversation about sexuality with the teens in their lives.