Teen Advocates for Sexual Health

Teens across the St. Louis area are advocating for comprehensive, evidence-based sex education through a program sponsored by Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri.

The Teen Advocates for Sexual Health (TASH) program, which began in 2000, provides teens in grades 9-12 with up-to-date, inclusive and medically accurate educational information about sexual health. Teens in the TASH program become ambassadors of sexual health in their schools and neighborhoods.

“The knowledge and skills I gained could not have come at a more crucial time,” said Sasha Mothershead, who participated in TASH all four years of high school and will be attending Brown University this fall. “Not only did I learn about healthy sexuality and contraception but also important, unexpected things: community, confidence and the knowledge that, even as a teen, my voice is powerful. “

“My daughter found a place to develop her leadership and advocacy skills, and learned how to speak up about the importance of comprehensive sex education,” said Melissa Krause, whose daughter Zoe was in the TASH program from 2008-2012. “She took her concerns to the school board, to Jefferson City, and all the way to Washington, D.C.”

Krause’s son Noah was also in TASH from 2014-16.

“My son developed an understanding of how he, as a male, has an important role in advocating for healthy sexuality, healthy relationships, accurate sex education, and serving as a role model to his peers,” she said. “Both my kids taught me the importance of having open, honest conversations about sex and sexuality – something not available to me as a teen.”

Applications will be accepted through Thursday, Sept. 7. For more information about the program and to apply, visit https://tinyurl.com/y9gj2gb6. Email Judy Lipsitz, program director, at judy.lipsitz@ppslr.org 

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