Middle School Program

Growing Up Knowing partners with community and faith-based organizations to host four nights of education in safe, trusting environments with young teens and their parents or guardians. We work to arm the participants with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed decisions about responsible sexual behavior.

Growing Up Knowing trains staff at the partner organization, who already have relationships with the families, to facilitate the program.  The research-based curriculum focuses on:

  • Reproduction and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) facts
  • Consequences of risky sexual behavior
  • Pregnancy prevention (including abstinence and contraceptives)
  • Assertive, effective communication skills
  • Problem-solving, decision-making, and resisting peer pressure

“This was our third Growing Up Knowing session. Last week, I was a little surprised by some of the content but I’m glad these sessions are teaching me how to have the necessary conversations with my daughter. This program is outstanding! I really appreciate the way it’s organized. I’m glad the children and parents had their own sessions first and now we are meeting together. I love the way the material is written and presented, especially the terminology used in the sessions. I love the small group setting, learning from the other parents and seeing their interaction with their children. I love the little homework and being able to listen as well as emphasize personal values and expectations. The session last week was really good at helping us talk about relationships, self-esteem and personal views. I’m impressed by how much she’s learned about the body, STIs and diseases. The segue that the session tonight provided about risky behaviors is really important. We’ve had some uncomfortable, interesting, hilarious and deep conversations too as a result of the sessions.”

– Sebrina Higgins-Esters, mother of JohnAnna

Our Community and Faith Partners

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi
    • Canton Unit
    • Capitol Unit
    • Sykes Unit
    • Walker Unit
  • East Mississippi Boys & Girls Clubs in Meridian
  • Jackson Youth for Christ
  • New Horizon Church International
  • Operation Shoestring
  • Poindexter Park After School Club
  • Red Door Jackson
  • Springboard to Opportunities
    • Batesville
    • Jackson
  • Stewpot Community Services

“Learning alongside other families made me feel more comfortable talking to my own parents about difficult subjects.”

We are always looking for partners.

Would your organization like to partner with us?

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