How to Love

Our healthy sexuality workshop series, known as "How to Love," is a classroom-based life skills and sexuality education curriculum that spans eight sessions, providing interactive and activity based workshops that are specifically geared towards young people ages 13 – 24. Workshops are aimed at promoting an understanding of sexuality, building communication skills, and enhancing health and well-being. Out trained staff work to address factors motivating behavior – including the role of sexual risk-taking as a part of social and emotional development. Our interactive approach incorporates students' beliefs and responses as part of the pedagogical strategy.

Each session spans a 45 minute period, but can be extended as needed to provide additional information and/or to meet the specific needs of your group. The curriculum is designed to be appropriate for middle and high school students all of races/ethnicities, gender expression and sexual orientation and identity.

How to Love can be implemented at middle and high schools, GSA/QSA groups, after school programs, summer camps, community based organizations, health centers, or recreational centers by request. 

Workshops - 

Session One: Healthy Relationships
  • Teaches participants about self-esteem, respect, communication, safety and how to build healthy relationships.
Session Two: Knowing Your Body & Anatomy
  • Participants learn basic reproductive and sexual anatomy. Activities focus on students’ awareness of the function of the reproductive organs and placement in the male and female body.    
Session Three: Reproduction & Birth Control
  • Reviews myths/facts about pregnancy. Activities focus on reducing the risks of teen pregnancy with a mini-presentation on forms of birth control options and how they work.
Session Four: HIV/AIDS 101
  • Covers HIV transmission, reducing the risk of transmission and HIV/AIDS-phobia.
Session Five: STI’s Safer Sex
  • A general overview of the signs and symptoms of STDs. Discussions include sexual decision-making, safer sex methods, debunking popular myths, understanding testing, etc.  
Session Six: Gender & Sexual Identity
  • Gives participants a unique opportunity to explore stereotypes and bias around sexual and gender identity.  This session helps groups deal with homophobia in order to make programs safer and more accessible for individuals of all orientations & expressions.
Session Seven: How to be More than a Bystander
  • Students learn about the different types of bullying and its impact on self-esteem through interactive and engaging discussions. Students will also be provided best practices to support each other to preventing and address bullying.
Session Eight: Self Esteem
  • Students will learn all about self-esteem; the importance of having a positive self-image, reasons why self-esteem can fluctuate between high and low, and healthy ways to empower themselves.
Session Nine: Consent
  • Students are informed about the consent laws for their state; through interactive and engaging activities, they are able to understand the importance of sexual consent and establishing physical boundaries for themselves and their peers.
Session Ten: Sex & Tech
  • Explores a number of social media platforms available online and how they can be misused. Covers repercussions of sexting & cyberbullying and recognizes what healthy online interaction looks like.

Meet our team

Mazzoni Center LGBT health Philadelphia youth services
Youth Education Specialist
Ally Safe Schools Coordinator
Ally Associate
Director of Prevention Services Eric Paulukonis
Director of Prevention Services
Youth Education Specialist