FIRST MONDAY MEMO - October 2, 2017
EyesOn...Dr. Elizabeth Schroeder & Lisa Olcese!
Elizabeth Schroeder
Dr. Elizabeth Schroeder
Lisa Olcese
We are so pleased to introduce two more of our speakers for the Respond. Relate. Resonate. conference this November: Dr. Elizabeth Schroeder and Lisa Olcese! Dr. Schroeder will be providing a keynote about young people's use of pornography as a sex education tool . She will also be providing a workshop on best practices for gender-affirming sex ed. In her closing keynote, Lisa Olcese will be speaking about stressful times and how we react or respond.  Lisa will also be facilitating a workshop around building rapport. We are so excited to have both of them here with us!
Dr. Schroeder comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience working in the sexuality education field. She is an award-winning educator, trainer, and author with focuses in methods for teaching sexuality education, best practices in working with LGBTQ populations, and working with adolescent boys. Additionally, she has worked directly with schools, parent groups, and youth-serving organizations in providing direct education and consultation in countries around the world for nearly 25 years.
Dr. Schroeder is the former executive director of Answer. She has also served Planned Parenthood as the associate vice president of education and training in New York as well as manager of education and special projects at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Not only has she provided hands-on training and consultation, she has also authored and/or edited several publications, including American Journal of Sexuality Education, Sexuality Education: Theory and Practice, and a four-part book series entitled Sexuality Education: Past, Present, and Future. Most recently, Dr. Schroeder served as the lead author of the Advocates for Youth curriculum Rights, Respect, Responsibility. This is the first-ever K-12 sexuality education curriculum that is aligned with the National Sexuality Education Standards.*
Lisa Olcese joins us from Colorado, where she has resided for 27 years. She has spent over 25 years in nonprofit work as a leader, trainer, mentor, and network builder. As the leader for an agency similar to EOI in Colorado, she understands and values the importance of sex education work for the youth and adults served. After spending time working in executive leadership and experiencing much reward and some burnout, she moved into a role helping others to develop skills to be more effective and elegant in motivating themselves, their teams, communities, and families. She says that one of her favorite accomplishments is realigning her work so that she can support other leaders to live their lives with purpose and passion.*
Lisa is an alumna of Smith College. She later went on to receive her Master's in Organizational Leadership from Regis University as well as becoming a certified Executive Coach and Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming. In her free time, Lisa enjoys getting out into nature-she highly values self-care and credits this as well as meditation, running, and writing practice to keeping that a sustainable priority.
Thank you, Dr. Schroeder and Lisa, for being so committed to the sexual health field and working hard to continue moving our work forward! We cannot wait to hear from them at the conference this year! Don't miss out - for more information go here!
                  *You can learn more about Dr. Schroeder's work at, and you can learn more about Lisa's work at

It's Let's Talk Month!
October 1st begins Let's Talk Month! LTM is a national campaign focused on fostering communication between children/teens and adults about sexual health, relationships, and values.

Last year we introduced a new game called Let's Talk Trivia, and this year we've brought it back! If you are interested in receiving a game to use with your teens, contact Sydni.

We also have several other resources for starting the conversation available. This page provides several ideas for getting involved with Let's Talk Month, including tips and tools for beginning conversations with young people. Check it out!
We're Looking For Creative Minds!
Do you have what it takes? Can you create an original t-shirt design?

Submit your original design  to  by October 23rd.

Online voting will determine the winner starting Oct. 24 - noon on Nov. 2nd.

The winner will be announced on November 2 at our EyesOpenIowa Annual Conference, Respond. Relate. Resonate. 

Winner receives their design on a t-shirt that will be sold to benefit comprehensive sex education in Iowa. Plus a prize package worth $100 and bragging rights!

Less than ONE MONTH until the 
  Respond. Relate. Resonate. Annual Conference!

Registration for our Respond. Relate. Resonate. conference is open now and is  filling up fast!  We will have many exciting and engaging speakers that you won't want to miss! Register TODAY to reserve your spot!

Hotel room block closes on October 10th at 5pm!

Conference Registration closes on October 27th!
Check out our full list of workshops!

Are you interested in highlighting your agency for a wide-range audience at the conference? For more information or to register your agency, go here!

Upcoming Trainings and Webinars!
Coming Soon!

November 1st-2nd, 2017 
Join us for a one-of-a-kind conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Urbandale. With nationally recognized keynote speakers, engaging workshops, an extensive exhibitor hall full of resources, and countless networking opportunities, you are sure to have a fun and enlightening couple of days full of learning!

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 Worth Noting

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Annual Eyes Open Iowa Conference
Johnston, IA
November 1st - 2nd, 2017
Registration now open!

Articles Worth Reading
STD rates are again at a record high, and young people ages 15-24 made up for half of the new cases in 2016. According to David Harvey,  executive director of the National Coalition of STD directors, several factors may influence this rise including funding cutbacks for prevention education and healthcare programs. To see the break down, check out the CDC national overview.

" This is Sex with Lisa Ling  is an exclusive three-part video series exploring the taboos around sex in America and the ways in which sexuality has been stigmatized, policed and politicized - from the criminalization of HIV positive individuals, to the controversial sex education programs in our schools, to the ongoing pursuit of sexual liberation." --CNN

A game developed by Yale researchers has been shown to have a positive correlation with improvements in sexual health attitudes and knowledge among a group of teens ages 11-14. Using digital role-play, youth were able to interact by making decisions and asking questions.

Technology has changed the way we communicate; it is constant or immediate. It has also changed what sex education and relationships look like. Here are some points to consider when having discussions with the teens in your life about the influence of technology.
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 and movies that can be used as examples or openers to start a meaningful conversation. This list will be updated and improved every month as new songs and movies 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! 
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