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Youth Programs

Youth Education


Youth Programs

Youth Education

ICAH's FYI Company

ICAH's FYI Company

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. Youth educators (ages 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 FYI performance-based workshops, or through residencies that combine the two. Contact sarah@icah.org to develop a custom education plan.

Program Menu

*indicates performance-based workshop
†indicates peer education workshop

+ What is FYI?

FYI (For Youth Inquiry) offers participatory plays that open the door to safe and engaging conversations about sexual health and sexual violence with youth audiences. All FYI programs promote pleasurable enjoyment in sexuality education, cultivate inquiry, and provide students with opportunities to practice applying sexual health education content to their own lives. Plays last 45 minutes and are performed for an audience of no more than 40 students. FYI provides resources to the adult contact to continue conversations and answer questions generated by the plays.

+ What is peer education?

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.

+ What is performance-based education?

Rooted in the characters and stories of our plays, all FYI 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.

+ What is a residency?

From day one, FYI 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.

+ What's in ICAH's secret sauce?

All our youth education programs feature:

  1. Active inquiry about sustainable change and dialogue that investigates sexual health through a reproductive justice framework.
  2. Diversity in our storytelling that honors a range of experiences across race, class, gender, ability, sexuality, and other identity lines.
  3. Youth voice, youth leadership, and creative engagement between youth and their communities so that young people feel comfortable asking questions.
  4. Challenges to assumptions, common language, and shame.

+ What makes FYI special?

The four P's serve as the foundational values of our youth programming.

  • Pleasure: Plays are artistically rigorous, performed by professional actors. They use movement, music, humor, and other theatrical devises to bring enjoyment to our audiences.
  • Pretend: Theatre, as a form, offers low-risk ways for audiences to share their own experiences and ideas through the safety of a character’s perspective.
  • Practice: Our participatory model helps audiences put their education and knowledge to work, preparing for future situations and conversations
  • Power: Our plays contain structured opportunities for performers to share power with audiences, facilitating a meaningful, intentional and equal exchange of ideas.