Edit: Since publishing this post, it looks like the resources we’ve referred to are no longer available on the Romance Academy website, so we’ve removed the links. Sorry that this means that the session idea isn’t as helpful as it once was.
Normally on a Thursday we provide a session plan idea for your youth work.
However, sometimes someone else is doing something so amazingly well, why not share the good work they’re already doing. We’ve mentioned Romance Academy before in a previous session plan idea about talking to teenagers about sex.
The Romance Academy is based in the UK. It’s a 12-week program based on biblical principles, but isn’t Christian in its delivery or content. Here is
what makes it distinct from other youth sexual health programs like The Silver Ring Thing.
The Romance Academy has a
downloadable session plan resource which introduces you to the Romance Academy program, but also provides a great resource for looking at sex and relationships with young people. If you’re in the UK, check out their academies. If you’re around the world, get in touch with The Romance Academy and try to create some demand for their fantastic services worldwide!
You can also check out their blog for information about teenage sexual health issues and conversation starters with your youth. They recently did a
five-post series that was really interesting and informative, even without knowing which TV show it is.
Questions: Have you run a Romance Academy at your program? How did it go? Would you recommend it to others? If you’ve never done a Romance Academy, what other ways do you recommend for creating a session plan about sex and relationships?
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