First introduced by the Brookings Institute, The Success Sequence(1) shows that if a young person does three things in sequence: graduates, works full time, and waits until married before having children, their likelihood of living in poverty as an adult is only 2%. Recent research on Millennials(2) and their ability to achieve middle class status also supports these findings.
The Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) education that Relate 360 provides in schools is intentionally holistic. We offer young people the information and skills to avoid the risks of teen sex that can, so often, derail their future goals. The Success Sequence, as part of an SRA program, can help their goals and dreams become reality. (credit: Ascend)
Does that mean we ignore students who will choose to be sexually active? Of course not. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that about 40% of high school students will become sexually active. Besides great information on healthy relationships, character development and the benefits of abstinence, Relate 360 also provides age-appropriate information on contraceptives, STDs and pregnancy so they understand the risks they are taking and are equipped to make responsible decisions if they choose to be sexually active.
We desire above all else that students will go on to achieve their hopes and dreams, especially in the area of healthy relationships. The holistic approach of SRA Education encourages them to think long-term, helping them understand that relationships are about so much more than just sex - they are about their future.
1 Haskins, R., Sawhill, I. (2009). Creating an Opportunity Society. Washington, DC: Brookings
2 Wang, W., Wilcox, B., (2017). The Millennial Success Sequence. Washington, DC: American Enterprise Institute.