Think Banned Thoughts founder Bree Ervin has been teaching healthy sexuality since elementary school.
Yup, you read that right.
Bree got her start as a young 5th grader who was routinely invited to slumber parties because she “knew stuff.”
Armed with facts, and books like Changing Bodies, Changing Lives, Bree was the dispeller of common myths, rumors, misconceptions and fears about sex, sexuality, reproduction and “private parts.”
Throughout junior high and high school, Bree continued to help her classmates make healthy, safe and responsible choices as they navigated the dating world. She provided them with information and helped them access local resources when needed.
When Bree entered college, she realized that basic sex-ed was no longer the most urgent issue facing her peers. Sexual assault and rape were. Consent seemed to be a fuzzy concept to many of them. If they were drunk and flirty, was it still rape? What if they were passed out? How hard did someone have to say “no” to be heard? And what about the people who wanted to have sex – but on their terms, not someone else’s?
Drawing on her experiences throughout the years, Bree has developed curriculum that addresses the many questions and issues facing youth across all ages, from basic body awareness to communication and respect in relationships and how to make safe and responsible choices for themselves.
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Focus is on respect, communication, consent in a context of bullying and bodily autonomy, violence prevention, self-image and self-confidence.
Focus is on individual rights to bodily autonomy and integrity, consent, self-image, respect, readiness for the challenges of adulthood, risk reduction, violence prevention, communication and friendship.
Focus is on consent, sexuality, sexual health, responsibilities, risk reduction, violence prevention, communication, friendship, healthy relationships.
Focus is on communication, fostering dialogue with your children, maintaining trust and honesty in your relationship with your children, becoming a resource for your children, responsibilities, risk reduction, accepting your children as autonomous people.
Focus is on being a resource for students/youth, fostering trust and honesty in dialogue, healthy boundaries between students and educators, responsibilities of educators.