FIRST MONDAY MEMO - January 8, 2018

The staff of EyesOpenIowa would like to wish a happy new year to each and every one of you! 
Like every year before, 2017 had its share of highs and lows. This year, we look forward to a year of continued change, progress, and growth as we continue to provide Iowa teens with the tools necessary to make healthy and informed decisions. Here's to 2018!

The Impact of the WISE Initiative
WISE (Working to Institutionalize Sex Ed) is a national initiative that supports schools in implementing quality sexuality education in order to prepare our nation's youth for life-long health and well-being.  Knowing that 30 years of public health research clearly demonstrates that young people benefit from receiving age-appropriate comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), the Grove Foundation created the WISE Initiative in 2009 following a needs assessment that identified the barriers schools experience accessing and implementing CSE programming and determined the supports schools needed to address them.
Using the WISE Method - a flexible approach to implementing sexuality education developed based on years of best practice research - WISE partners work directly with school administrators and staff to help districts select and implement the best CSE curriculum that meets the needs of their community and the students they serve. The WISE Method has been proven to reduce barriers that schools face in accessing and implementing CSE programming by increasing training opportunities, available resources (i.e., funding, materials, staff), and assisting schools in overcoming the fear of controversy in providing sex education. To date, WISE has assisted 185 school districts in thirteen states across the country, benefiting over 975,000 students and more than 4,374 teachers.
Iowa has received WISE funding since its beginning in 2009. EyesOpenIowa is the state's grantee agency providing WISE services and was chosen due to its expertise, state-wide coverage, and extensive training department. Currently, WISE Iowa partners with 39% of the state's school districts, reaching 191, 529 students with comprehensive, evidence-informed sexual health education.

WISE, including Iowa's successful program,
 is featured in this Journal of Adolescent Health  

Eyes On...Tristin Johnson!
Meet Tristin Johnson

Tristin is currently a health educator with United Action for Youth, where she teaches comprehensive sex education in Iowa City and the surrounding communities. She went to school at the University of Northern Iowa, where she received a degree in women and gender studies.

Tristin originates from Burlington, Iowa, where her parents still live. She also has a brother, sister-in-law, and a nephew. In her free time, Tristin loves spending time with her family, friends and pets-a dog named Luca and a cat named Vincent. She also enjoys reading when she can.

Having a degree in women and gender studies, Tristin is passionate about helping to create necessary change. She believes the best way to enact these changes is to start with youth-to provide them with the necessary information to make the best choices for themselves and to help them choose their paths. She credits EyesOpenIowa for helping her to provide this information to create changes in the lives of her students. Moving forward, Tristin most looks forward to seeing the continued impact she has had on her students and seeing how the work she does can impact the communities she works within.

When asked about her most outstanding accomplishment, Tristin says she loves when her students see her out and about and stop to talk with her about how something she taught helped them or someone they know.

We have no doubt that Tristin is a true treasure for her community and will continue to have an impact on the lives of those she serves. Thank you, Tristin, for being a great resource for your community and for making all parts of sexual health education a priority. You're a rockstar!
Upcoming Trainings and Webinars!
Featured NOW!
This webinar will highlight the popular new apps "Sarahah" and "tbh" and will dive into what each app is, how teens are currently using them, and how we can address any concerns regarding the apps within our communities.
*Available until January 18th, 2018!

January 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm
This webinar will provide attendees with terms, concepts, and definitions to gain a better understanding about polyamory/ethical non-monogamy. We will explore the intersectionality of race, sexual orientation and gender identity within non-monogamy. The information provided will assist attendees in building a foundation for inclusive language and having open conversations with individuals exploring non-monogamous relationships or those who are already members of this community. Guest speakers Samantha Carwyn and Megan Smith-Sallans.

January 23-24, 2018
Join us for an interactive two-day training on the Be Proud! Be Responsible! Be Protective! curriculum. We will dive into the curriculum, model lessons, discuss sexual health best practices, and equip all participants to facilitate this curriculum in their schools and communities.
Thanks to a generous grant, this training will be  free of charge
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.

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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