Vallejo is the California launch pad for a new national program aimed at teaching parents how to communicate with their teens about sex.
An official kick-off is hoped for by October, program coordinator Kathi Hill said.
Sexually transmitted infections, unwanted pregnancies and other such things are as much a result of bad information as they are of sexual behavior, Hill said. The right information coming early enough from the right person can have a positive impact, she said. That’s the message of Planned Parenthood’s Real Life Real Talk program, Hill said.
Funded by the Ford Foundation, Real Life Real Talk was initiated by Planned Parenthood Federation of America with a coalition of diverse community organizations like public health, faith organizations and schools, according to realliferealtalk.org. These partners hope to “reframe sexuality as a component of healthy relationships, instead of as a commodity, the way it is often promoted in popular media,” organizers say.