Everything changes for kids as they approach their teenage years. These formative milestones can be overwhelming for both parents and their children. The REAL Essentials Starting Point curriculum equips educators and parents with lessons to jump-start conversation and develop foundational relationship skills in this new life stage. All lessons are inclusive, evidence based and medically accurate.
Activity based lessons prepare students to better understand and address:
What makes students special as individuals and understand unique qualities in others
Skills for establishing healthy friendships and strengthening personal character qualities
How external influences like social media and advertising affect relationships
Effective communication techniques, including how to understand and communicate and make healthy decisions
Setting personal goals for the short-term and long-term future
Physical and emotional changes that occur with body growth and development, including approachable ways to discuss grooming and hygiene
Real Essentials helps young people realign marriage and parenthood and put them back in the proper order by promoting the "success sequence:" 1) get your education, 2) get a job, 3) get married, 4) then have children. Census data show that if all Americans followed the success sequence at the same rate as Americans had in 1970, the poverty rate would be cut by around 70% — without additional government spending. No welfare program, however amply funded, could ever hope for anything approaching such success
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It is the intent of Live the Life and consultants participating in the REAL Essentials program to ensure a safe, comfortable, inclusive environment for all students regardless of disability, socio-economic status, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, family structure, or cultural background.
"I wish I had learned this when I was younger, I would have made better choices"
-12th grade girl
"I think it was a lot of fun, but we also talked about serious topics and made me understand a lot more about relationships"
-12th grade boy
"It's worth the support, as having a good person to come and teach and warn us about these things can greatly improve the chances of the students having a better life in the future than they might have if they did not take this class."
-11th grade girl
"This class taught me how to make good decisions and how to make goals so I have the future I want."
-10th grade boy
"I learned so much about relationships, stuff I never knew, but I am glad I know now."
-8th grade girl