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Comprehensive Sexual Education and Positive Healthy Relationships For Social-Emotional Health

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Better relationships, better world

The foundation of a healthy life is a healthy relationship with self. From our relationship with self, we then develop strong, fulfilling relationships with others, which add meaning and depth to our human experience.

The earlier we start to develop healthy relational concepts and patterns, the better all the types of intimate relationships we may seek will develop.

A survey by the Harvard Graduate School of Education found that 65% young adults wished they had opportunities to talk about relationships at school as part of a health or sex education class (Weissbourd, Anderson, Cashin, & McIntyre, n.d.)

Sexual Health Education Today

Needs to be modernized

These concepts have not historically been embedded into sexual health education.

Current sexual health education curricula do not adequately address critical components of sexual health such as development of a healthy self-identity, positive relationships with others, an understanding of mindfulness, trauma, and self care.

We created Causewell to give teens an accessible, fact-based way to learn about these topics.

Meet the Team

Zoe Vozick

Hello, my name is Zoe Vozick (she/hers). I am a sophomore at George Mason University, majoring in Integrative Studies with Social Justice and Human Rights. 

I enjoy playing softball and participating in outdoor activities including camping, hiking, paddle boarding, rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing, and jeeping. I used the power of a learning management system the importance of being vulnerable and authentic. I also did not receive comprehensive sexual education in high school so I wanted to provide proper education in consent, birth control methods, STDs, and HIVs, as well as social and emotional well-being. My role with Causewell was to outline, create lessons, and do research on curriculum for education about positive healthy relationships. 

I hope that the younger generation feels empowered to follow their passions and use their voices.

Sydney Clark

My name is Sydney Clark (she/hers). I am a senior at Marymount Manhattan College and double majoring in Dance and Psychology. 

I became involved with PREP because I believe all students should be provided with proper education in social and emotional well-being that is currently greatly lacking in most public education curricula. 

My role with Causewell was to conduct research, outline, and create lessons based on the latest and most interesting curriculum/resources that encompass education about one’s wellbeing. 

I hope all students who go through these courses in Causewell will be able to obtain a deeper understanding of themselves in order to develop skills to voice your boundaries, preferences, and needs as well as empower yourself, others, and enrich your future relationships.

Pilar Meléndez

Hey there! My name is Pilar Meléndez (she/hers). I am a freshman at the University of Colorado Boulder and majoring in International Affairs with a double minor in Spanish and Political Science. 

I believe all students should undergo proper education in emotional, social, and holistic wellbeing— a gap that our curriculum is hoping to fill. 

My role with Causewell was to outline, create lessons, and research curriculum/resources that encompass education about one’s wellbeing.
I also translated all of the English curriculum to a Spanish format for all of our Spanish speakers! 

I hope all students who go through these courses in Causewell learn healthy social emotional habits that enrich their relationships with self and their peers. Happy learning!

Liv Ainsworth

Liv Ainsworth (she/hers) is the Youth Programs Manager at Colorado Health Network where she leads a comprehensive sexual health peer education program called Sexperts. 

She worked with Causewell in summer 2021 to help develop curriculum and lesson content. 

When she’s not talking people’s ears off about sexual health, you can find her enjoying a good book, exploring the world, or attempting to crotchet.

Sarah Davidon

Since 1998 Dr. Sarah Davidon (she/hers) has lived and worked in Colorado, while also consulting nationally, providing technical assistance, delivering keynote addresses and presentations, and authoring publications, all designed to help organizations identify and commit to effective children’s mental health policy and program investment. 

She is the founder and principal consultant with Davidon Consulting, where she serves as a nationally recognized expert in in both early childhood and school-age mental health system design and strategy. She served as a Governor’s appointee to the Children’s Mental Health Subcommittee, is on the Board of Directors of Healthy Child Care Colorado, and is past-president of the Colorado Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health.
Dr. Davidon is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Harvard University Graduate School of Education and received her doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Education and Human Development in educational equity, and holds assistant professor appointments at both the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Georgetown University.

Arn Menconi

Arn Menconi (he/his) is the Program Manager for Garfield County PREP (www.garfieldcountyprep.org) managing the comprehensive sex education courses in 16 middle and high schools. 

He has nearly 25 years experience as a non-profit executive who specializes in youth and social services. For twenty years, he was the Founder and Executive Director of SOS Outreach, one of the country’s largest outdoor experiential youth programs for low income children and children of color, having served over 100,000 youth (www.sosoutreach.org). 

Prior to Garfield County PREP, Arn was a two term Eagle County Commissioner who’s specialties include non-profit capacity building, leveraging private and public resources for collaboration, Colorado state legislative issues, social justice activism, and early childhood and youth developmental programming. 

He has his M.B.A. from the University of Denver and undergraduate degree from DePaul University. He taught snowboarding for 20 years and was an avid long distance mountain bike racer. When not advocating for youth programs, he’s trying to keep up with his two teens.

Lindsay Hentschel

Lindsay Hentschel (she/hers) spent ten years as a classroom English Language Arts teacher at the middle and high school levels before taking on an instructional facilitator role working with secondary curriculum, professional development and developing new teachers for five years. 

She then spent three years as the K-12 Professional Development and Curriculum Coordinator for Roaring Fork Schools, leading the district’s culture and climate work centered on implementing restorative, trauma-informed and culturally sustaining practices. 

Lindsay holds a B.A. in English Education an M.A. in Educational Leadership, a graduate certificate in Restorative Practices and a principal license. 

She recently accepted a position as a high school counselor, living, working and playing alongside a husband, two sons and a very silly dog.

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