Positive Youth Development in Talking About Sexuality Topics

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, November 16, 2017
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"I really appreciated the strategies for framing conversations with youth."

"The training was beneficial and important to my work."

"Extremely informative. "

Your Training Description

A recent national survey found that 50% of teens feel uncomfortable talking with parents about sex. As a youth worker, you’ll likely find yourself in situations where sexuality topics such as relationships, sexual orientation, and sexual behaviors come up. This interactive presentation lets you explore the intersectionality of positive youth development and how to comfortably talk about sexuality topics with youth. You’ll better understand how positive youth development practices and authentic partnerships with youth help them learn and grow into sexually healthy young adults.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Identify a range of sexuality topics beyond pregnancy prevention
  • Explain how a positive youth development (PYD) lens can inform discussions about sexuality topics with young people
  • Describe the importance of providing education and support around sexuality through a PYD lens
  • Identify strategies for discussion of sexuality topics that foster healthy development, health protective behaviors, and connections to caring adults and services
  • Understand how to integrate existing youth work skills into sexuality education

Your Trainers

Image of Hannah Mikhelson

Hannah Mikhelson is a Health Mentor & Sexuality Educator at the Annex Teen Clinic. Hannah has a B.S. in Community Health with an emphasis on Adolescent Sexual Health. She has worked with youth in a variety of capacities for over 10 years through non-profits, government, and clinical settings. In her role at the Annex, Hannah works with youth one–on-one to help empower them to take care of their sexual health and well-being. Additionally, she facilitates youth leadership groups, sexuality education classes, staff education, and provides support to school administration regarding these topics and access for LGBTQ+ young people. Her long-term goals are to continue learning and improving skills to help youth feel safe and supported, as well as supporting other professionals to help keep up the important work of providing accurate, sexual health information to young people.

Image of Ellen Saliares

Ellen Saliares is the Director of Sexuality Education at the Annex Teen Clinic. In her role at the Annex, Ellen manages and facilitates sexuality education and youth development programming, provides organizational leadership, supervises staff, and collaborates with community partners, school districts, and funders. She is a trainer for the evidence-based Project AIM (Adult Identity Mentoring) curriculum. Ellen has a B.A. in Sociology and a MPH in Community Health Promotion. Prior to working at the Annex, Ellen worked in the fields of sexual health, mental health, and child and adolescent health screening. She’s published peer-reviewed research on adolescent sexual health in the Journal of Sex Research.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: YOUTH DEVELOPMENT.

Strengthen your commitment to implement positive youth development strategies, understand development channels, and support youth through developmental changes.

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