Empowering Parents for 25 Years

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On Friday, June 3rd, the The Children's Aid Society Parent Family Life & Sexuality Education program (PFLSE) held its 25th graduation ceremony at Hunter College. This year's class was comprised of 125 parents who, after taking the course, are better able to talk to their children about pregnancy prevention and overall sexual health. Realizing the importance of sexual education in their children’s development and their own roles as primary sexual educators, PFLSE parents attend a five month long workshop to improve their sexual literacy and their communication skills with family members.

“I think that now what we should do is talk to our communities, our families and our relatives and tell them to take this class” said Susana Ramos, a parent from The Dyckman Valley School, a Children’s Aid Community School, who also admits that she will sneak into the next class even though she has graduated from the program. Elizabeth Mariano whose daughter attends The Bronx Preparatory Charter School said that she had considered herself a hip parent “of the now,” but learned much more about herself and her community after attending the workshop. The program also provides parents with the opportunity to examine their own experiences with sexual education and empowers them with the tools necessary to prevent their children from becoming parents earlier in life.

Congratulations to all the staff and graduating parents who are committed to appropriately educating and informing today’s youth about the often awkward subject that is sexuality!