Entries by Diana Andrews

Labeling Students by Maria Isela Ventura

In this generation, it’s not just easy to judge anymore. Yet, labeling students has become routine. We believe that because someone has a history or comes from a different culture that we will view certain things differently. In very few cases, it’s true. But not always. Being a teenager in a high school, I can […]

Teens CAN Make Healthy Decisions. Ask Them How!

Every summer the Garfield County PREP interns tie dye a t-shirt to wear when engaging in their community and representing the PREP program. The shirt is designed to encourage adult-child communication by stating that teens CAN make healthy decisions. Then, we tempt you to ‘ask them how‘. Because PREP is a sexuality health education program, […]

Screenagers Movie Review

Screenagers Movie Review Recently PREP had the pleasure of seeing the movie “Screenagers” with 3 teens and 3 adults and asking for their movie review. Two of the adults work in education and have young children of their own. The third adult was a parent to one of the teens who attended. Prior to seeing […]

Padres Latinos Hablando de Sexo? by Maria Isela Ventura

Padres latinos hablando de sexo? Suena inusual Por qué tendrían nuestros padres la necesidad de hacerlo? Al crecer en un hogar hispano, escuché la palabra ‘sexo’ con bastante frecuencia. Me enseñaron las reglas sobre relaciones sexuales a una edad muy temprana. Crecer de tal manera, esa conversación se volvió normal para mí. Cuando el tema […]

Latino Parents Talk About Sex? by Maria Isela Ventura

Written by Maria Isela Ventura, Middle School Student  Latino parents talking about sex?   Sounds unusual. Why would our guardians ever have the need to do it? Growing up in a Hispanic household, I heard the word ‘sex’ quite often. I was taught the rules of sexual relationships at a very young age. Growing up in such […]

What PREP Has Meant To Me; A Teen’s Perspective on Community Engagement

Community Engagement Pregnancy prevention can take a variety of directions when trying to reach teens. During the summertime in Garfield County Colorado teen interns are paid for their community engagement while volunteering at local events, festivals like Strawberry Days and with other non-profit agencies; some of which have very different missions than preventing teen pregnancy. […]

Trauma Reducing Exercises for Stress and Anxiety Relief

Feeling Overwhelmed & Stressed In the Roaring Fork Valley, mental health services are limited; especially for Spanish speaking persons. And even if someone was capable of accessing these services, chances are they are cost prohibitive. Many teens report having stress and anxiety and statistics show that many will or have experienced some form of trauma […]

The Wonder of the Compliment

Knowing that teaching sexuality education comes with its own inherent ‘issues’ (unlike most all other subjects) teachers, in general, have a deep concern for how well they’re doing. They often wonder if they’re teaching it correctly saying the right things saying the wrong things getting through to students giving all the right answers creating a […]

Give Them an Inch: Condom Use Instruction

You know the saying, ‘give them an inch, and they’ll take a mile’? Well, give these two PREP interns freedom to create with medically accurate, age appropriate sexual health knowledge, and you get an instructional video on proper condom use! While the singing isn’t pitch perfect, the steps to proper condom use are indeed correct. […]

Poetry From the Heart; No Rhyme but Reason

Youth Voice thru the Spoken Word This summer Garfield County PREP teens were given the opportunity to create original drug PSA’s with the intention of presenting at a youth open mic night in a local community. Some of the teens chose to create videos to deliver their drug prevention message. Josefina Venegas of Rifle, CO […]