We take the challenge of encouraging youth to avoid sexual risks seriously. We believe every student should have the opportunities and tools they need to continue their education and fulfill their goals free from the consequences of engaging in sexually risky behavior at a young age.
Using a holistic approach, Willing to WaitTM topics cover the physical, emotional, relational, economic, and legal implications of a sexual relationship. This curriculum teaches that being willing to wait to have sex until marriage is a positive and realistic lifestyle option. All lessons are fact based, thoroughly researched, and medically accurate.
All Willing to Wait lessons comply with the State of Michigan’s legal requirements for human sexuality curriculum and are aligned to the Michigan Department of Education’s Grade Level Content Expectations for grades 9 through 12.
LESSON 1: Sex | Everyone’s Talking About It
Standards: 6.4, 7.4, 7.6, 7.8 (Per GLCEs); A, H (Per Michigan Law, Revised School Code)
- Recall basic information from previous health classes regarding teen sexual activity and its consequences.
- Explain the influence and effects that media has on a teen’s decision to become sexually active.
- Compare the reasons for choosing to have sex and choosing to wait.
LESSON 2: Teenage Pregnancy
Standards: 7.2, 7.3, 7.7; A, B, C, D, H, J
- Describe basic reproductive facts and terminology (including anatomy) related to fertilization and the early stages of pregnancy.
- Support claim that teenage pregnancy adversely affects educational goals, finances, employment, social life, and relationships.
- Describe teen parents’ roles, responsibilities, and challenges as well as how teen parentage impacts a child’s health and well-being.
- Summarize adoption services as an option for unplanned pregnancy and the laws pertaining to “Safe Delivery of Newborns.”
LESSON 3: Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases including HIV and AIDS
Standards: 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.8, 7.3; A, C, H
- Compare common STIs (bacterial and viral), list symptoms, and list modes of transmission.
- Explain why abstinence is the only guaranteed way to prevent the transmission of STIs.
- Describe dangers of untreated STIs including pain, sterility, and damage to organs.
- Discuss who is at risk for HIV/AIDS, and explain how to prevent its transmission, characteristics of the disease, and where to access HIV information, testing, and treatment.
LESSON 4: Emotional and Relational Consequences
Standards: 7.2, 7.7; A, B, H
- Evaluate how personal values guide sexual behavior.
- Describe emotional and relational consequences (positive or negative) that can result from sexual activity.
- Discuss the long-term benefits of practicing delayed gratification.
LESSON 5: Dating
Standards: 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 7.5, 7.9, 7.10; A, F, G, H, I
- Identify the purpose(s) of dating.
- Compare and contrast love, infatuation, and sexual desire.
- Discuss how to define dating expectations, set personal boundaries, and respect the boundaries of others.
- Apply the benefits of abstinence to all dating relationships, including for those who have previously been sexually active.
LESSON 6: Avoiding Unhealthy Relationships, Legal Consequences
Standards: 7.1, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7, 7.9; A, B, E, F, G, H, I, K
- Identify characteristics of unhealthy and (physically, emotionally, or sexually) abusive relationships and know how to seek help.
- Define sexual assault and identify strategies to protect our communities from it.
- Summarize MI laws related to sexual activity (sexual assault, sexting, consent) and how they apply to teens’ relationships. (Pornography and trafficking are taught in approved schools.)
- Identify and apply strategies for avoiding and leaving risky situations and relationships.
LESSON 7: Healthy Relationships and Marriage
Standards: 7.8, 7.9, 7.10; A, H, I
- Identify desired qualities in dating and/or marriage partner.
- Identify and demonstrate characteristics of healthy relationships.
- Explain the stages of a healthy relationship.
- Summarize the individual and societal benefits of marriage.
LESSON 8: Reducing the Risk of Pregnancy—Contraception and Birth Control (Only taught in schools where this lesson has been specifically approved.)
Standards: 7.2, 7.8, 7.9; A, C, E, H
- Identify birth control methods and explain how they work.
- Contrast the advantages and disadvantages of methods of birth control.
- Create a plan to avoid the risk of pregnancy.
LESSON 9: Willing to Wait Student Leadership Team (Optional)
- Observe a performance by the Willing to Wait Leadership Team that demonstrates the ability to be a positive peer role model for healthy choices
- Engage in a general question-and-answer session with students on the Willing to Wait Leadership Team