Let's Talk Month

Funding is CLOSED!

Community Sponsorships support innovative events to engage your community by empowering parents and other trusted adults to help young people to make healthy decisions. This is accomplished through providing resources to parents, and/or educating community leaders about the importance of quality evidence-based approaches to adolescent reproductive and mental health. Submissions were due September 2, 2022. 

Check back in July 2023 for information about 2023 funding. 

For any questions, reach out to sponsorships@factforward.org

Let's Talk Month

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

In observance of Let’s Talk Month, Fact Forward is awarding organizations around the state of South Carolina funding to host events that encourage young people, parents, and/or their caregivers to communicate with one another about sexuality, body image, reproduction, gender, sexual behavior, preventing unintended pregnancy and/or STDs. In addition, due to the high rate of teens across all genders, races, and family-income levels reporting that anxiety and depression are significant problems among their peers, we request applicants to incorporate mental health awareness in observance of World Mental Health Day which is on October 10th.

Believe it or not, teens want to hear from their parents regarding love, sex, and relationships. It's proven that starting age-appropriate conversations early and continuing into early adulthood helps young people make smarter decisions regarding their overall health.

#LetsTalk Social Media Toolkit

Let’s Talk Month is a public awareness campaign that encourages open communication between young people and their parents or other trusted adults. Use our toolkit to get your community talking.  Spread the Let's Talk message via social media. Follow Fact Forward on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for likable, sharable graphics like these.

Hashtags #LetsTalkMonth #LetsTalkTips #LetsTalkSC #FactForward 

Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram Graphics

Use the graphics below on your social media to spark discussion. Download the images and find optional captions for each post on our 2022 LTM Digital Toolkit! Email communications@factforward.org if you have any issues downloading images or the toolkit. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready to talk?

Host a Let's Talk Party

Host a Let’s Talk Party by gathering 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 talking with young people about love, sex and relationships the focus.  

Download your Party Guide [PDF - English]

DOWNLOAD YOUR PARTY GUIDE - [PDF - SPANISH]

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.