Student Acknowledges Heritage Program in Skit
An educator for Heritage Community Services in the Low Country of SC enjoys the time she is given with her students to make a connection with them and experience their different personalities. Some of these schools have received the Heritage Keepers® program for as long as 10 years. Often times, these students receive the Heritage Keepers® program several times during their adolescent years.
The abstinence message that Heritage gives these young people stands out in a sex crazed culture that promotes premarital sex. Adolescents today are inundated with these messages. Many objects in the media that involve sex target teens. A study done by the RAND Corporation shows that teens are twice as likely to have sex or engage in sexual acts if they see similar sexual behavior in the media.
Through funding provided by Title V, DHEC, Heritage Community Services counteracts the negative effects of the media by teaching teens to avoid the consequences of sexual activity outside of marriage.
The Heritage program is a comprehensive approach:
- Define abstinence and recommitting to abstinence, identify their values and goals, compare and contrast the physical and emotional risks and consequences of sexual activity with their values and goals.
- Present male and female reproductive systems, explain how the marriage union is different from other relationships.
- Present STD slide show.
- Discuss differences between love, lust and infatuation
- Develop a personal S.A.F.E. plan (State boundaries, Avoid danger, Firmly “Say no”, and Exit) and role play resistance skills.
While teaching at a middle school that uses the Heritage program every year the educator taught her students how to resist peer pressure by allowing her students the opportunity to practice with their classmates in skits. One of the groups presented a skit that included a group of friends discussing who amongst themselves had become sexually active. Some of the students were acting out peer pressure by encouraging the “inexperienced” students to become sexually active. The student resisted the peer pressure by stating, “Didn’t you take the Heritage program?” I’ve learned the benefits of abstaining from sexual activity so I do not have to experience consequences like pregnancy and STD.” The educator smiled when she heard this response and was grateful that these students were very familiar with the “Heritage program.”
Heritage Community Services, 1757 Clements Ferry Road, Suite A, Charleston, SC 29492
(843) 654-7740 ext 119. Heritage@HeritageServices.org