Let's Talk Month

Let's Talk Month

Every October, Fact Forward participates in Let’s Talk Month, a public awareness campaign founded by Advocates for Youth that encourages open communication between young people and their parents or other trusted adults.

Believe it or not, teens want to hear from their parents regarding love, sex, and relationships. Starting age-appropriate conversations early and continuing into early adulthood will help young people make smarter decisions regarding their sexual health.

     

    Sponsorships

    Fact Forward is offering sponsorships to organizations around the state to support awareness and outreach activities during Let's Talk Month - October 2019.  Community sponsorships support innovative events that engage your community by empowering parents and other trusted adults to help young people make healthy decisions. This is accomplished by providing resources to parents, and/or educating community leaders about the importance of quality evidence-based approaches to teen pregnancy and STI prevention. 

    Sponsor an Event 

    For any questions, reach out to sponsorships@factforward.org. Applications are due by Friday, August 16, 2019 at 5 p.m. 

    Ready to talk?

    Host a Let's Talk Party

    Host a Let’s Talk Party by gathering of 8-10 friends who are “trusted adults” in the life of a young person—parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, cousins, coaches, teachers, and youth leaders. Host a meal at your home, have dinner out, have a coffee hour at a local coffee-shop, etc., and make taking with young people about love, sex and relationships the focus.  

    Download your Party Guide [PDF]

    Join the Let's Talk Conversation

    Use TV or music as a way to start talking with your child about teen pregnancy and relationships. Spread the Let's Talk message via social media. Follow Fact Forward on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for likable, sharable graphics like these. Don't forget to use the hashtag #LetsTalkSC in your posts!

    Social Media Posts

    Feel free to use any of these posts to start a conversation!

    1. Get tips for talking with your teen about love, sex and relationships. https://www.factforward.org/resources/parents #LetsTalkSC
    2. Think your child is too young to for you to start “The Talk?” Read our age-appropriate guidelines and get tips for the talk here: https://www.factforward.org/resources/parents #LetsTalkSC
    3. Talking with your child about dating will help them make better choices in relationships. Find out how: https://www.factforward.org/resources/parents/talk-about-dating-and-relationships #LetsTalkSC
    4. Did you know talking with teens about birth control makes them more likely to delay sex? Learn more: https://www.factforward.org/resources/parents/talk-about-protection #LetsTalkSC
    5. Don’t forget about the boys! Talk to your son about your family values related to sex and relationships. https://www.factforward.org/resources/parents/talk-your-son #LetsTalkSC
    6. Empower your daughter. Talk to her about her personal value and birth control options. https://www.factforward.org/resources/parents/talk-your-daughter #LetsTalkSC
    7. 1 in 5 teens have sent or posted a semi-nude photo. Talk to your teen about sexting/staying safe online. https://www.factforward.org/resources/parents/texting-sexting-and-internet #LetsTalkSC
    8. South Carolina schools can’t teach your teens everything about sex. Talk to your teen today. https://www.factforward.org/resources/parents/sex-ed-sc #LetsTalkSC

    Take the Let's Talk Challenge

    Challenge yourself and other trusted adults to start talking with the young people in your life about love, sex, and relationships for one month. 

    Parents should be the #1 resource for their children regarding love, sex and relationships. We understand it's not easy to begin these sensitive conversations, so we've provided a challenge with prompts to help you get started.

    Choose any month during the year and challenge yourself and other trusted adults to start having conversations about love, sex, and relationships with the child in your life. Here's how:

    1. Pair up with a friend or group of friends to hold yourself accountable.
    2. Use the prompts to talk to your child about anything related to love, sex and relationships. The conversation doesn't have to be long! Simply talking with your child about these tough topics fosters an environment for open communication in the future.
    3. Meet up with your challenge group at the end of the month to share your experiences and what you've learned.

    Challenge #1

    Use a song as a way to start talking about healthy relationships.

    Challenge #2

    Use a TV show as a way to start talking to your child about teen pregnancy.

    Challenge #3

    Use a news story to start talking to your child about appropriate online behavior.

    Challenge #4

    Listen as much as you talk. Listening lets your child know they are valued and respected.