AWARE is the relationship education division of Life Options Pregnancy Medical Centers in the Lower Yakima Valley of WA state. We’re passionate about educating, equipping, and encouraging teens to think and plan for a healthy future.
We offer informative, interactive presentations for public & private schools as well as other youth organizations. We also facilitate after-school clubs at the middle school and high school level called Club 180.
Club 180 after-school clubs are positive peer support clubs designed to encourage and empower youth to avoid and abstain from risky behaviors. Our goal is to help middle school and high school students think and plan for a successful future by helping them recognize that the choices they are making now will determine what kind of person they will become and what kind of future they will have.
The club is structured to include an introductory activity or game, a character-building lesson/life skill, how to use the life skills discussed, and a snack. Ideally, clubs meet once a week for an hour after school. There are co-ed groups (both guys and girls) that can discuss most topics, or a group just for girls or guys that meets separately. We also have an incentive program using “Bonus Bucks” they receive when they attend to “purchase” fun items at parties we provide at the school or student center. We require all participants to have parent permission to be in the club (we provide parent permission slips for each student). Club leaders are Life Options volunteers and are screened through WATCH, the Washington State Patrol, and references are checked.
If you are interested in our presentations, grade level topics can be viewed at:
Generally, topics include:
- Goal setting
- Refusal skills and effective communication
- Sexual assault and informed consent
- Positive friendships
- The difference between love and infatuation
- Possible results of sexual activity (STDs, teen pregnancy)
- The impact of sex & porn on the brain (high school only)
- Effectiveness of contraception and abstinence as the healthiest choice
- How to build healthy relationships