Let's Talk Month
Every October, the SC Campaign participates in Let’s Talk Month, a public awareness campaign led by Advocates for Youth that encourages open communication between young people and their parents or other trusted adults. Believe it or not, teens want to hear from their parents regarding love, sex, and relationships. Starting age-appropriate conversations early and into early adulthood will help young people make smarter decisions regarding their sexual health.
Attend a Community Event
Get involved by joining a Let's Talk Month conversation in your area! Attend a community talk featuring Kwain Bryant or participate in a local event in your county.
Kwain Bryant Events and Roots and Wings
Tuesday, October 17
- Dillon Lunch and Learn (featuring Kwain Bryant)
- Roots and Wings Parent Workshop (Allendale)
- Florence Community Talk (featuring Kwain Bryant)
Thursday, October 19
Tuesday, October 24
- Roots and Wings Parent Workshop (Sumter)
Thursday, October 26
- Roots and Wings Parent Workshop(Bennettsville)
Saturday, October 7
- Mask Off (Florence, SC)
Hosted by Dramatic Coffee Beans
This event will provide 7-12th grade students and their parents to participate in sessions about healthy versus unhealthy relationships, STD prevention and building self-value.
Tuesday, October 10
Saturday, October 14 and 28
- Parent-Youth Panel (Columbia, SC)
Hosted by The Pressley House
Parents and youth will discuss the importance of maintaining open communication. Participants will have the opportunity to share thoughts, beliefs and myths about sexual health and discuss them from both parent and youth perspectives.
Wednesday, October 18, 25 and November 1
- Talking the Talk, Walking the Walk (Florence, SC)
Hosted by Central United Methodist Church and Francis Marion University
One-hour sessions held during Wednesday fellowship (6:30 pm -7:30 pm). Discussion topics include: 1) what to expect from adolescence and puberty, 2) risky behaviors and how to talk to teens about relationships, love and sex, and how to identify sexual coercion, 3) relationships, love and sex discussed from a theological perspective.
Saturday, October 21, 10 am—1 pm
- Teen Life Maze (Aiken, SC)
Hosted by Aiken Youth Empowerment
Teens are invited to attend this fun, interactive event that will encourage them to think about the consequences of risky behaviors and provide tips for making healthy decisions. Parents are also welcome to attend. RSVP by October 10 at AikenYouthEmpowerment.org.
Saturday, October 28
Let’s Talk Conference (Bennettsville, SC)
Hosted by Divine Intelligent Virtuous Sisters (DIVAS)
This three-hour event will include separate sessions for both teens and parents/trusted adults. Workshop topics will include: conversation starters to talk about relationships, love and sex, social media and sexting, teen pregnancy, and STDs and contraceptives.
Safer Choices (Clinton, SC)
Hosted by The Zone
Learning session to educate parents, teens and health professionals on how to educate youth in making safer choices regarding sex and the consequences of making irresponsible decisions.
- But I’m Only Seventeen by J. Don Luna (Marion, SC)
Hosted by The Drama Lady Theatre Company
The play addresses teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, pressure to have sex, and pressure to do drugs. Talk-back to follow the performance.
Kitchen Conversations (Sumter, SC)
Hosted by Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands
Parent discussion to support parents and trusted adults in having ongoing, age-appropriate conversations with teens about healthy sexual development and relationships
Challenge yourself and other trusted adults to start important conversations about love, sex and relationships with the child in your life. Use the social media posts and graphics below as a guide. Share them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #LetsTalkSC.
Social Media Posts
- Get tips for talking with your teen about love, sex and relationships. http://bit.ly/2mUuJOD #LetsTalkSC
- Think your child is too young to for you to start “The Talk?” Read our age-appropriate guidelines for advice. http://bit.ly/2mYkmdp #LetsTalkSC
- Talking with your child about dating will help them make better choices in relationships. Find out how: http://bit.ly/2w6UpNL #LetsTalkSC
- Did you know talking with teens about birth control makes them more likely to delay sex? Learn more: http://bit.ly/2o8VWxS #LetsTalkSC
- Don’t forget about the boys! Talk to your son about your family values related to sex and relationships. http://bit.ly/2mwmay2 #LetsTalkSC
- Empower your daughter. Talk to her about her personal value and birth control options. http://bit.ly/2fteOZq #LetsTalkSC
- 1 in 5 teens say they’ve sent or posted a semi-nude photo. Talk to your teens about sexting and staying safe online. http://bit.ly/2o8B21K #LetsTalkSC
- Are you an aunt, uncle, teacher, coach, or youth pastors? We need you to talk to the young people in your life. http://bit.ly/2vmk9pb #LetsTalkSC
- South Carolina schools can’t teach your teens everything about sex. Talk to your teen today. http://bit.ly/2o8BywI #LetsTalkSC
Public Awareness Resources
Promote parent-child communication by hanging posters in your community. Download here.