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Making a Difference Class

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Making a Difference is an abstinence approach to HIV/STD and teen pregnancy prevention that explores facts, feelings, attitudes, and values related to sexuality.

Making a Difference is a free program designed for adolescents ages 12 to 14.  In a relaxed environment, youth will explore facts and feelings related to sexuality.  Material is presented through presentations, activities, videos, and games.

Topics include:

  • Abstinence
  • Puberty and adolescent development
  • Sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS
  • Psychological changes and decision making
  • Building healthy relationships
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Sexual responsibility
  • Skills to improve communication when pressured

Read what past participants are saying about Making a Difference

Click here for Sexuality Education Resources or Recursos de la Educación Sexual.

Making a Difference Teachers

Facilitators of the program are health educators, nurses, and counselors. The goal is to help families feel comfortable communicating about the difficult subject of sexuality.

Meeting Times

This 8-hour youth program is typically divided into two or three shorter sessions that will be held at the same location throughout the week. Healthy snacks are provided during each session. Participants must be present for all classes in the series to complete the program. Those who complete the entire program will receive a $10 Target gift card.  A consent form must be signed by a parent/adult caregiver on or before the first class. The consent form is included on the online registration form.

Online Registration

Should Johnson County Schools be canceled due to snow, ice or other inclement weather, the Making a Difference class will be canceled and rescheduled at a later date.

Contact Information

If you have questions or are interested in hosting a Making a Difference program, please contact:

Darianne Hicks
Johnson County Department of Health and Environment
11875 S. Sunset Drive, Suite 300
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: (913) 477-8124
Fax: (913) 477-8053


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