When you think about doing a condom demonstration to build the skills of young people, do any of the following words come to mind? Nervous, awkward, uncertain, job security, or just downright scary?
Maybe it’s because you’ve never been taught how to use a condom correctly, or because you are afraid parents might object, or that your lesson will be put on blast.
We know it’s difficult—and can be uncomfortable. But we assure you—it will get easier, especially when you have support and the right tools. Let’s pick up the demonstration model and a real condom and get to work!
After this session, participants will be able to:
- Receive tips and tricks to build comfort with discussing condoms
- Gain skills to conduct condom demonstrations
- Build confidence when discussing ways that students can protect themselves
Vanessa Geffrard is a life-affirming sex educator residing in West Baltimore. Vanessa serves as Vice President of Education and Training at Planned Parenthood of Maryland. In her role, she leads the strategic direction of sex education programs across the state. Vanessa manages and implements middle school programming, adult trainings, and community workshops. She also trains and educates folks across the lifespan around sexual health topics such as consent and boundaries, sexually transmitted infection prevention, contraceptive methods, teen pregnancy and abortion stigma, healthy relationships, and LGBTQ inclusion.
Vanessa is the founder of VagEsteem™, a workshop series and podcast that encourages good and healthy sex through courageous conversation about love and sexuality.
This project is/was supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Population Affairs (OPA), Teen Pregnancy Prevention Tier 1 grant, 1 TP1AH000234-01-00, as administered by the Maryland Department of Health. The information or content presented are those of the author and shall not be construed as the official position or policy, nor any endorsement, by HHS, the Federal Government, or the Maryland Department of Health.
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