All Upper School parents are invited to Speak About It, A Performance-Based Presentation About Consent, Boundaries, and Healthy Relationships on Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00–8:30 p.m. in Franklin Theater.
Students in Grades 11 and 12 saw the Speak About It performance last Thursday on Grade Advising Day, a day devoted each year to supporting our students’ development of a healthy sense of self. After watching the performance, students discussed the impact of the performance in small groups with trained Speak About It facilitators.
Although the student performance was for our older students, parents of students in any grade are encouraged to attend the event on Tuesday evening. Parents have a critical and unique role in teaching their children about consent and healthy relationship habits, but many feel unsure about what to say or how to effectively approach the issue. Speak About It’s parent program is designed to bring parents up to speed on important information about teen relationships, dating violence, college sexual assault, consent, and healthy sexuality. Parents will leave the presentation with knowledge, language, and skills for initiating important conversations about these topics in a way that aligns with their family values, both throughout high school and in the years to come.
These issues are also addressed with younger students in an age appropriate way through the Seminar program. Here is a link to a special invitation to Tuesday’s event for parents of ninth grade students.
We are hoping Tuesday’s parent event will jumpstart critical conversations at home. Because of the importance of the topic and the vital role that parents play in keeping students healthy, supported, and safe, we strongly encourage participation by at least one parent.
The event is co-sponsored by the Upper School and the Parents Association.