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, […]

Life Changing Decisions

Life Changing Decisions Hello, my name is Sami.  This is my true teen pregnancy story about when I got pregnant. I was 15 at the time.  I had only been with the guy for about 2 months. I didn’t really know anything about sex.  I didn’t even bother and make sure to use a condom. […]

A Teen’s Perspective On Today’s Issues

A Teen’s Perspective on Today’s Social Issues Maria Esquivel is a current senior at Basalt High School who has chosen to interpret a teen’s perspective on social issues through art as her capstone project. She has created a series of political cartoons in various mediums inspired by a few of many problems in today’s society […]

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 the movie, I […]

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 […]