City program trains students to discuss sex with peers

A program that's part of the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene is focusing on educating students about sex by getting young people to talk about it.



The program, New York City Teens Connection, is training a group of high school students on issues relating to sexual health, including gender, sexuality, birth control, sexually transmitted diseases and healthy relationships.



The program is targeting areas of the city that have teen birth rates persistently higher than the 2013 national average of 26.6 births for every 1,000 females age 15 to 19.



The specific areas of focus include Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, East New York, Brownsville, Williamsburg and Bushwick. Students say they see the difference the program has made in the lives of their peers.



Aside from learning about healthy relationships, STDs and safe sex in general, the students say they have been focusing on a consent campaign that they plan to share with their peers.


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