Inclusive • Stigma-busting • Medically-accurate
Sexual Health Education
Our standard late elementary, middle school, and high school curriculum contains 5 or more lessons. All of them are mapped to the 2020 National Sex Education Standards. Choose your 5 to 10 lessons, mix & match, or let us build a personalized curriculum that meets the needs of your students. We also encourage schools to offer our virtual parent & caregiver meeting preceding the start of programming, so that these important adults have an opportunity to meet their student’s educators, learn about the program, and receive tips and resources for supporting their young people at home.
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- Navigating Friendships
- Understanding Our Bodies
- Making Sense of Puberty
- Hygiene During Puberty
- Anatomy & Reproductive Biology I
- Menstruation & Sperm Production
- Fertilization, Pregnancy, & Childbirth
- Your Body, Your Rights
- Online Safety
- Human Diversity
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- Puberty Changes
- Anatomy & Reproductive Biology II
- Gender, Identity, Expression, & Orientation
- Staying Safe Online I
- Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships I
- Consent, Boundaries, & Communication I
- Making Healthy & Responsible Choices
- Abstinence & Other Protection Methods I
- Introduction to Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Media Impacts on Body Image
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- Healthy vs. Unhealthy Relationships II
- Consent, Boundaries, & Communication II
- Gender Diversity
- Staying Safe Online II
- Abstinence & Other Protection Methods II
- Advanced Anatomy and Reproductive Biology
- High Risk/Low Risk Behaviors for STIs
- Understanding Sexual Harassment, Assault, & Abuse
- Media Literacy and The Truth About Pornography
- Sexual & Reproductive Justice
Partners in Growing Up
In addition to our in-school programming and inspired by our guiding principle that parents are the primary sexuality educators of their children, we also offer an interactive 90-minute virtual webinar designed for tweens ages 9-12 and their caregivers. The webinar covers basic body & mind changes related to puberty for all bodies and gender identities. Medically accurate anatomical terms and functions of the internal and external reproductive system, and best practices for taking care of bodies & minds during puberty. Our goal is to offer a safe & inclusive space as a springboard to promote healthy conversations at home. EducaHealth
Comprehensive • Multidisciplinary • Factual
Substance Abuse Prevention
Grounded in the most current research, we offer our customizable curriculum for grades 8-12 (ages 13-18). It adheres to research-based prevention and drug education principles, equipping young people with skills to make safe choices with their lives. Each lesson is designed to engage students through interactive activities such as discussions, case scenarios, and fact and fiction games. The curriculum is aligned with the National Health Education Standards.
It includes the following topics:
Drug & Brain Basics I
Students are introduced to the basic functions of the brain and how neurons communicate through neurotransmitters. Students learn how psychoactive drugs affect the brain, in particular the still-developing teenage brain, and understand the concepts of dependence, tolerance, and withdrawal.
Drug & Brain Basics II
Students examine their own beliefs about alcohol and other drugs. Students then learn about abstinence and harm reduction strategies. They discuss genetic, social, and environmental factors that contribute to substance use and abuse.
Alcohol & Other Depressants
Students are introduced to the classification of drugs according to their effects on the brain. Depressant drugs are presented first with a main focus on alcohol. Students learn harm reduction strategies such as how to perform the recovery position on an intoxicated person.
Cocaine, Amphetamines, & Other Stimulants
Students learn about the effects of stimulant drugs including caffeine. They discuss the impact of cocaine, methamphetamines, and prescription stimulants on the brain and body.
Nicotine, Vaping, & E-Cigarettes
Students explore the health effects of nicotine in the brain and body. Students analyze how advertising agencies have contributed to the rise in popularity of vaping and e-cigarettes among teens.
Students learn the potential risks and benefits of cannabis products (marijuana, hashish, etc.) including edibles. Students discuss the impacts of legalization for medical use vs. for recreational purposes.
Psychedelics, MDMA & Other Club Drugs
Students learn the effects and types of psychedelics, Ecstasy and other “club drugs”. They reflect on drug references in the media and music, and how they may influence teens. Finally, they discuss the risks of illicit drug adulteration.
Opioids & Prescription Pain Medications
Students learn the effects of heroin, fentanyl, and other opioids. They discuss the impact that the widespread prescription of pain medications has had on the current opioid epidemic that our nation is facing. They analyze the role that big pharmaceutical companies have played in contributing to this crisis.
Mental Health & Coping with Stress
Students discuss how drug use can be used as a mechanism to cope with mental health issues.They learn healthier alternatives to deal with trauma, anxiety, depression, or stress and how to access resources. The importance of nutrition, physical activity, relaxation techniques, and sleep will be discussed.
BONUS Lesson: In-Recovery Speaker
Listen to an in-recovery speaker share their story about addiction and recovery.
(Depending upon availability)
Comprehensive health education
Meet our team
EducaHealth’s Director & Founder
Estefanía (Nia) Torres, M.Ed, SHCP, is an Ecuadorian-American health educator who holds a BA in Psychology from the Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador and a Master’s in Education from Boston University. She was certified as a Sexual Health Educator at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work. Since 2010, she has taught health education curricula at multiple independent, charter, and public middle/high schools in the Greater Boston Area. Her teaching style focuses on providing youth with unprejudiced, scientific-based, and culturally relevant information through dynamic and engaging activities. She believes that healthy students make for stronger learners. She founded EducaHealth in 2020.
Sukriti K Dabral, M.Ed, is an Indian-American educator and facilitator offering youth sexual wellness programming in the greater Boston area. She completed her Masters in Education at Widener University’s Center for Human Sexuality Studies, and facilitates age-appropriate, queer-inclusive, medically accurate learning on sexual health, systemic oppression, justice, interpersonal wellness, consent, communication, and more. She excels in creating inviting, effective classrooms, where students can be curious and active participants in their own learning. Sukriti also offers support education to parents & caregivers as they navigate these topics at home.
-Sukriti K Dabral
What Clients are Saying
“Nia’s impeccable teaching skills established a solid foundation for the Sexual Health Education Program at Codman Academy. She is admired by our staff and students alike for her approachable personality, candid interaction and the depth of knowledge. Nia’s creative ability to connect and engage, as she taught this crucial life skill, encouraged honest engagement in a safe space for students in grades 3rd through 12th. Her teaching went beyond classroom instruction as she introduced resources for sexual and reproductive health access, health advocates and experts during her lessons and created a safe environment to discuss the health needs of all students including the needs of LGBTQ community within the school. We are excited and grateful that Nia continues to be part of our Codman Academy community”.
Chetna Naimi, Partnership Director, Codman Academy and Codman Square Health Center
Nia and Sukriti have been working with our students for several years. Each year, they work with all of our students grades 6 through 12 broken down by grade for a week. They have developed curricula that work for each age level, that build upon each year as the students mature, and that combine into learning that is both broad and deep. They have become welcome annual members of our community, and the students eagerly look forward to their return. I have been so impressed with their connection to and respect for the students, their ideas, and their questions. They establish a trusting relationship within each group that enables frank discussions and an appreciation for everyone for who they are. Parents also welcome the preliminary meetings that help them think about their contributions to their children’s growth and how that complements their learning at school. I cannot recommend Sukriti and Nia more highly!
Joshua Abrams, Head of School, Meridian Academy
Your style with them was very measured, professional and welcoming. I also thought you used zoom creatively and were able to recreate the more typical classroom experience in this way. Well done!
Anonymous faculty member. The Pike School
I appreciated Nia’s capacity to communicate the information candidly, openly and sensibly at the same time. She took the time to honor our students’ questions and responded to them with all the necessary detail and up to date facts.
Maria Brown, Science Department Chair, The Pike School
My son who is now in high school also attended your sessions at Pike when he was in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. He always thought they were very informative and it fueled lots of great conversations at home.
Johanna Faulkner (7th grade teacher and parent, The Pike School)
Thank you very much for teaching us. The 2 years I had you as a teacher I learned so much, and gained different perspectives. Without your teaching, I would not be as confident in asking questions and as prepared for the future.
8th grader, Pike