ICAH’s Sexuality Education reflects an approach to sexuality education that is medically accurate, age appropriate, culturally sensitive, trauma-informed, and inclusive of youth of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
ICAH workshops are facilitated by youth educators (see CHAT), adult educators, and/or theater artists (see FYI). Youth educators aged 16-22 receive rigorous sexuality education and facilitation training through ICAH. Theater artists are professional actors who use plays and theater activities to help youth activate their learning and practice for real life. Adult educators are advanced practitioners in the public health field who receive extensive training from ICAH.
We can work together to envision how ICAH programming can best support your young people’s needs. Each subject listed in the menu below can be explored through content education via peer workshops, emotional education via performance-based workshops, or through residencies that combine the two. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to develop a custom education plan.
Peer education workshops are led by CHAT youth who complete ICAH’s sexuality education professional development program. ICAH staff and youth leaders work collaboratively, offering interactive modules that are medically accurate, age-appropriate, and youth-friendly. Peer educators are supported by an adult educator during all workshops.
Rooted in the characters and stories of our plays, all performance-based curriculum is facilitated by a health educator and professional actor. Workshops and residencies use participatory theatre tools to cultivate inquiry and provide students with opportunities to practice applying sexual health education content to their own lives.
From day one, ICAH teaching artists and performers train young people to think creatively and critically about their sexual health. Residencies begin with a performance of one of our participatory plays, and over the course of the next seven weeks, train students to use participatory theatre tools to cultivate inquiry and apply sexual health content learned to their lives.
All our youth education programs feature:
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A 16-year old lesbian raised Catholic, Cady finds conflict between the religious views she was brought up in and her personal views about sexuality.
Matt struggles to talk about sex with his girlfriend and turns to the audience for advice. A Chicago high school student, Matt is bombarded by outside messages about sex and must sift through the confusion to start his first successful conversation with Audre.
A survivor of shame and fear-based sexuality education in her high school, Audre can’t shake terrifying images of STIs from her brain when she thinks about sex. She works to start an honest and accessible conversation that won’t give her nightmares later on.
Elijah has more sex than many of his peers, but still can’t talk about it. Midway through his story, he recognizes the importance of open dialogue and explores how to have better conversations in his own relationship.
Maya’s story centers on her coming to terms with the idea that sexual violence has played a part in her life and relationship. By asking the audience for help confronting her boyfriend, Maya shifts from quiet discomfort in to being empowered to take action.
An aspiring young screenwriter, Danny struggles to write a non-clichéd love scene in his new romantic comedy. He works with the audience to understand the disconnect between movie romance and real life, especially as it relates to his own queerness.
As Keri tries to understand how to best support sexual violence survivors around her (like Maya), she begins to understand the role it plays in her personal life.
Shawn tries to be a good boyfriend, but has trouble seeing the ways in which his girlfriend’s possessive behavior is unhealthy — for both of them. Technology, especially cell phones, has a huge impact on his relationship.