As far as we’re concerned, the more resources you can offer your students or youth clients, the better. While we’re sure you’re executing your Wrap MC duties brilliantly, it’s next to impossible to answer everyone’s questions all of the time. Maybe they have more questions than you can handle in a short class period. Maybe they want to details about a topic that’s not your strong suit. Luckily, there are a lot of good sexual health resources out there – if you know where to look.
We like to think that’s where we come in. In an effort to help make your job as a Wrap MC easier, every so often, we’ll be featuring sexual health resources we like.
Let’s start with a classic: Scarleteen. Founded in 1998, the Scarleteen contains a truly encyclopedic amount of information about sex and sexuality, from changing bodies to STIs to sexual orientation. There are two things, though, that make it really special. The first is their content about the less straightforward aspects of sex and relationships – the stuff that concerns what’s between your ears more than what’s between your legs. Even among Wrap MCs, not everyone knows how to answer when someone asks, as a follow-up question, “How do I know if I’m ready to have sex?” or “What if I want to have sex, but my boyfriend doesn’t?” Communication, consent, relationships, and body image can all be difficult, intricate topics – hard to get into in class, but written about thoughtfully and expansively on the site.
The other thing that sets Scarleteen apart is that they don’t just put out information, they also answer questions (on their moderated message boards and through their SMS service) and provide a space for young people to learn about themselves – and advocate for what they need.
But don’t take our word for it – head over and check out Scarleteen for yourself. If you like what you see (and we think you will), make sure to recommend it to the young people you work with it (if they don’t know about it already!)