FIRST MONDAY MEMO - February 5, 2018
Eyes On...Jonny Stax!
Meet Jonny Stax!

Jonny Stax has served as an EyesOpenIowa board member since 2016. He is also a founder of Jonny Stax Presents, Inc, where he works with clients to help them adapt to the changing world around them and realize their vision. This can include board development coaching, strategic planning, and speaking on diversity and the inclusion process.
Jonny is from the west coast, and has lived in numerous locations, such as Seattle and Washington DC, before he ended up in Iowa. He graduated from the University of Washington.  In Jonny's spare time, he loves to read, play the piano, play with his nieces & nephews, wander his farm, and overall just make himself useful.
Jonny considers one of his most outstanding accomplishments to be producing a rock opera at a venue in Chicago, that drew a crowd of over 800 people with 100 collaborators.
When asked as to why he was interested in being involved with EyesOpenIowa, Jonny discussed how he believes that liberation is the most important value, and that our society hasn't fully achieved that. We generally repress sexual health and sexuality, so he was excited about getting involved with EyesOpenIowa because we take on the hard task of getting people to talk about things that may be uncomfortable. He is really excited about helping more people learn about EyesOpenIowa.
Thank you, Jonny, for your dedication to EyesOpenIowa, as well as all that you have done and will continue to do to help provide Iowa youth with the tools that they need to make informed decisions! We are so fortunate to have you as a part of our team!
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month!

Teen DV Month is a national campaign that focuses on bringing awareness to the abuse that so often occurs in teen and young adult relationships. Did you know that  1 in 3 teens will experience abuse of some kind from someone they are dating before they reach adulthood?

Abuse can look like a lot of things, including but not limited to:
  • Hitting, kicking, pushing, biting, or other physical violence
  • Isolation from friends/family
  • Name-calling, put-downs, insults
  • Gaslighting (making a person distrust/question their own perception)
  • Threats of any kind
  • Withholding resources or money (often as manipulation)
  • Sharing personal/sensitive information about partner without permission
  • Sexual force or coercion
  • Stalking or monitoring partner
  • Manipulation of partner's social media
Everyone has the right to a happy,healthy, safe relationship. For tips and tricks on how to help empower the teens in your life to build these relationships, check out this awesome toolkit from the NO MORE Campaign below!

Are you interested in advancing your skills in adolescent sexual health? Are you new to the field or looking for new ideas and resources? Enhance your credibility with school districts and prospective employers by becoming certified by Iowa's only sexual health certification program.

EyesOpenIowa's Certified Sexual Health Educator program provides professionals with quality training, resources and support. Certification aligns with the National Teacher Preparation Standards through the Futures of Sex Education Initiative ( FoSE) and prepares professionals to display excellence in providing sexuality education to adolescents. EOI accepts certifications on a rolling basis, with the required courses being offered at least twice a year!

Upcoming Trainings and Webinars!
February 12-13, 2018
A highly interactive two-day training that is full of engaging activities and discussion around a variety of sexual health topics. This training will help lay the foundation for new educators and is a great refresher for those already in the field. This training will build core skills. Participants will leave feeling confident and "awesome"!
February 21, 2018
This dynamic training that is a fun way to learn about puberty, reproductive anatomy, and contraception. Participants will learn how to teach/discuss these topics to youth by engaging in numerous, easy to recreate activities. Participants will leave this training with a better understanding of the topic areas, as well as resources to use with youth.
February 22, 2018
This training will help participants increase their knowledge of the basics of HIV, AIDS, and other STDs. Participants will learn about the history of these diseases, testing, treatment and prevention, as well as best practices for teaching on these subjects. Participants will leave with up to date information and teaching tools and strategies.

April 11-12, 2018
Join us to learn all about one of the most popular sexual health education curriculum! Participants will learn about theory and research behind FLASH as well as best practices when implementing and how and when to adapt lessons. They will also get the chance to see lessons modeled and to practice facilitating a lesson a safe, low-pressure setting.

April 18-19, 2018
Check out this high-energy training on one of the most popular sexual health education curriculum! Participants will learn all about the ins and outs behind Draw the Line/Respect the Line as well as best practices in creating an effective learning experience for students. They will also get the chance to see lessons modeled and to practice adapting and facilitating a lesson in a safe, low-pressure setting.

All in person trainings are held at EyesOpenIowa in West Des Moines, IA
Scholarships are available for most classes -  click here to inquire.
Please click the button below to contact Emily Miller with any training questions. 
Upcoming Conferences To Note
Ann Arbor, MI
April 23 - 24, 2018

San Francisco, CA
May 6-7, 2018

Altoona, IA
June 29-30, 2018
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Next Pop Culture List: March 19, 2018
Are you looking for ways to teach youth about healthy relationships using examples from pop culture? We have been working hard to create a list of songs, movies, TV shows, and media coverage that can be used as examples or openers to start a meaningful conversation. This list will be updated and improved every few months as new examples are released. Let us know if you would be interested in subscribing to receive this information by clicking on the button below and selecting "the talk help", as well as any other newsletters you are interested in receiving, on the option list!
EyesOpenIowa Merchandise
Assorted Sexual Health Educator T-Shirts, all available in all 4 colors
"Consent is...Mandatory" T-Shirts in 3 colors
Sex Ed Advocate Large Tote
Certified Sexual Health Educator Bag
( available to CSHE participants only)
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