This morning Olga and I taught a workshop on sexuality at a local public school. We had about 60 kids ages 11 and 12. I was very nervous for some reason, but it turned out much better than my fears warranted.
Olga talked about the Crisis Pregnancy Center that she is starting, Latidos de Esperanza (Heartbeats of Hope) and gave a comprehensive explanation of pregnancy, abortion, and its consequences-- physical, emotional, and spiritual. I talked about teenage sexuality, the risks of pregnancy and STDs, and the option of sexual abstinence until marriage.
The kids seemed very receptive, and the director of the school invited us back to teach two other workshops in the next two months. Now that I feel more comfortable with the idea, I hope I can put a little more heart into this presentation and perhaps some of my own story. I'm glad to have a chance to tell these kids that there is another option to the one the culture is suggesting and to encourage them in that direction.