RHEP Foster Youth

A Specialized Sex Ed Curriculum for Youth In Care

Free Classes Are Available Now

September 2022 (see the Full Course Schedule Below)

Although every public and charter middle and high school in California offers comprehensive sexual health education; too many youth in care miss out because of placement changes and other systemic issues. Youth express a desire for this information and at the same time, youth in foster care also express a desire for a sexual health education program that recognizes their unique needs.

The Reproductive Health Equity Project set out to ensure that every youth in California foster care ages 12-18 can receive age-appropriate, medically accurate and trauma-informed sexual health education that is just for them. In efforts to achieve this goal, we developed a virtual sexual health education curriculum and program just for youth in foster care! 

Teen Talk for Youth in Alternative Settings (Teen Talk YAS) is RHEP Partner, Health Connected’s newest curriculum designed for and informed by youth who are in foster care. This curriculum meets requirements of the California Healthy Youth Act, as well as the California Foster Youth Sexual Health Education Act. Through collaboration with RHEP partner, Planned Parenthood of Pasadena San Gabriel Valley, it has been adapted for virtual delivery and is now available for youth in foster care across California as part of our pilot. Youth have the potential to receive a total of $265 in Amazon gift cards for participation. Youth will earn $15 per session they attend, and a $100 bonus for attending all 11 sessions. Incentives will be distributed at the end of the series.

If you are interested in registering for this course on behalf of a youth in care, you can sign up using the registration links listed under each course date below. If you want to stay updated on courses, fill out the general interest form

  • Be in foster care in California (have a social worker or suitably placed through probation)
  • Between the ages of 12-17 or 18 years and still enrolled in high school
  • Have access to Zoom, headphones (recommended for added privacy)
  • Have a non-school related email to receive series information and reminders
  • Live, interactive workshop sessions with Q&A
  • Access to a unique Google Site with resources vetted for youth in foster care and additional interactive activities
  • Certificate of completion (can be used by CSW for SB 89 requirement)
  • Opportunity to receive a $15 gift card for each session with an $100 bonus for attending all 11

Teen Talk YAS: Course Dates

  • When: Monday – Thursday for 3 weeks
  • Time: 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
  • Dates: 11/28, 11/29, 11/30, 12/1, 12/5, 12/6, 12/7, 12/8, 12/12, 12/13, 12/14
  • Register here by 11/18/22: tinyurl.com/Year3pilot2
  • When: Monday – Thursday for 3 weeks
  • Time: 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
  • Dates: 9/12, 9/13, 9/14, 9/15, 9/19, 9/20, 9/21, 9/22, 9/26, 9/27, 9/28
  • Registration closed

Teen Talk YAS Webinar & FAQs:

The Powerpoint for the webinar is here

Teen Talk Youth in Alternative Settings (YAS) is a free virtual comprehensive SexEd curriculum created by RHEP partner, Health Connected, based on Health Connected’s acclaimed Teen Talk series used in many California schools. It complies with state curriculum laws, SB 89 requirements, and has been vetted for medical and legal accuracy. It has also been reviewed and tested by former foster youth for appropriateness and fit for youth in care. 

Health Connected is a health education nonprofit with a 25-year track record of developing and implementing sexual health education that is responsive to local community needs, best practices in sexual health education, and legal requirements. Their instructional, training, and caregiver support programs are estimated to have impacted over 400,000 youth across California (CA). Health Connected has developed five nationally distributed sexual health curricula–Puberty Talk for 5-6th graders, Teen Talk Middle School for 7-8th graders, Teen Talk High School for 9-12th graders, Teen Talk High School Refresher for 11-12th graders, and Teen Talk Adapted for All Abilities for students with special needs. Most recently, Health Connected developed its newest curriculum–Teen Talk YAS–based on its acclaimed Teen Talk Middle School and Teen Talk High School curricula.

With the passage of the California Healthy Youth Act in 2016, every public and charter middle and high school in California must provide medically accurate and age-appropriate sexual health education to students. (California Education Code §§ 51930-51939). The curriculum offered must provide pupils with the knowledge and skills to prevent HIV, STIs, and unintended pregnancy; to develop healthy attitudes concerning adolescent development, body image, gender, and sexual orientation; and to promote healthy, positive, and safe relationships and behaviors. Instruction must address healthy decision-making, negotiation and refusal skills, information about sexual safety (assault, abuse, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking), and facilitate opportunities for students to communicate with parents and trusted adults.

Recognizing that too many youth in foster care were not getting the sexual health education they need, the Legislature passed the California Foster Youth Sexual Health Education Act in 2017, making child welfare social workers and county agencies responsible for connecting youth to a CHYA-compliant sexual health education provider. If youth have not received a compliant education program in school by the time they are graduating middle school and again at high school graduation (WIC § 16501.1(g)(20)) receipt of sexual health education at these points must be documented in the state online case management system.

Health Connected is offering a train the educator program for Teen Talk YAS. This training is designed to provide program providers working with youth in foster care with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to deliver legally-compliant, trauma-informed and healing-centered sexual health education. See Health Connected’s website for more information.

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