Asian Youth Celebrate Sexuality Education

A ground breaking program encouraging high school aged youth in Oakland California to discuss homophobia, racism, gender and sexuality concludes its summer with a free community celebration.

Oakland, CA, August 18, 2011 --( High-school age young Asian men and women have participated in a summer-long program with Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice. The focus of this summer’s session was on sex, gender, sexuality and race. In a celebration of their accomplishments, the young people will share their insights through games, performance, and more. The event is free.

In previous years, the ACRJ youth program served only young women. This is a landmark year as ACRJ welcomed a pilot program for engaging young men.

According to Program Manager Amanda Wake, “Bringing young men into the program has given our conversations new depth, and challenged all of us to move beyond our traditional curriculum. It’s easy in sexuality education to create an “us” and “them,” or a right way and a wrong way. Engaging the young men has moved us deeper into thinking about frameworks for teen sexuality that are powerful and positive for all the youth we work with.”

Jack de Jesus, who lead the Young Men’s pilot project said, “It’s easy for young men to be left out of the real conversations about sexuality. Not just the mechanics of condoms, but about the dynamics and expectations about sex that really influence what happens and how people feel about it. I would say that all of the young men in the program would agree: they have never had a positive, empowering, and respectful place to talk about gender and sexuality before this program.”

What: Bringing Sexy Back: Young Asian people celebrating sexuality education.

When: Thursday August 18, 2011, 6:30- 9:00 pm

Where: Oakland Asian Cultural Center
388 9th Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Who: Over 40 youth will be sharing their learnings through performance, games and more.

This event is free and wheel chair accessible. There will be light dinner and a raffle.

For more information about ACRJ:

Contact: Shanelle Matthews

510/663-8300 ext 321

Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice
Shanelle Matthews