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. The health of each student is important and worthy of attention.
Using a holistic approach, Willing to Wait 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 7 and 8.
LESSON 1: Sex | Everyone’s Talking About It
Standards: 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 7.1 (Per GLCEs); A, H (Per MI State Law)
- Define abstinence.
- Identify why some teens are choosing to be sexually active and two to three reasons why most teens are choosing to wait to become sexually active.
- Distinguish between facts and myths regarding teen sexual activity.
LESSON 2: Teen Pregnancy
Standards: 6.3, 6.4, 7.1; A, B, C, D, H, J
- State the basic reproductive facts and terminology.
- Describe the adoption spectrum and summarize the “Safe Delivery of Newborns” laws.
- State how pregnancy affects educational goals, finances, employment, and social life.
- Identify teen parents’ responsibilities to their children, and why these are easier to fulfill as a married adult.
LESSON 3: Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases (STIs/STDs) / HIV and AIDS
Standards: 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 7.1, 7.4; A, C, H
- Name common STIs, list symptoms, and understand transmission of STIs/ HIV.
- Explain why abstinence is the only guaranteed way to prevent the transmission of STIs.
- State the dangers of untreated STIs including pain, infertility, and damage to organs.
- Identify who is at risk for HIV, and explain how to prevent its transmission, characteristics of AIDS, and how to access HIV information, testing, and treatment.
LESSON 4: Emotional and Relational Consequences
Standards: 6.2, 7.5; A, B, F, H
- Express how personal values guide sexual behavior.
- Give examples of emotional and relational consequences that can result from sexual activities outside of marriage.
- Identify the level of protection offered (pregnancy, STIs, emotional consequences) using sexual risk avoidance strategies.
LESSON 5: Unhealthy Relationships, Laws, and Resisting Pressure
Standards: 6.3, 6.6, 7.2, 7.4, 7.6, 7.8, 7.9; A, B, E, F, G, H, I, K
- Identify characteristics of unhealthy and (physically, emotionally, sexually) abusive relationships and know how to seek help.
- Explain laws of MI concerning sexual activity and exploitation (date rape, sexting, consent). (Pornography and trafficking issues are taught in approved schools.)
- Confidently use refusal skills in high-pressure scenarios.
- Recognize peer pressure and risky situations.
LESSON 6: Dating and Setting Boundaries
Standards: 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.7, 7.8; A, B, C, G, H, I
- Distinguish between affection and arousal and identify their proper role in various relationships.
- Establish personal boundaries for physical intimacy and dating.
- Communicate personal boundaries and respect the boundaries of others.
- Describe how a sexually active student can choose to practice abstinence until marriage.
LESSON 7: Healthy Relationships and Marriage
Standards; 7.1, 7.2; A, B, E, H, I, K
- Identify desired qualities in dating and/or marriage partner.
- Summarize characteristics of healthy relationships.
- Outline the benefits of marriage.
- Acknowledge that each individual has value and is worthy of a healthy relationship.
LESSON 8: Willing to Wait Student Leaders
- Observe a performance by the Willing to Wait Leadership Team that demonstrates the ability to be positive peer role models for healthy choices.
- Engage in a general question-and-answer session with students on the Willing to Wait Leadership Team.