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 Credit Guidelines for Health Education for grades 9 through 12.
LESSON 1: Everyone’s Talking About It
Standards: 6.4, 7.4, 7.6, 7.8 (Per CGHEs); A, H (Per Michigan Law, Revised School Code)
- Recall existing knowledge and personal experiences related to sexual health risks and identify available resources.
- Identify cultural and social influences on teens’ attitudes and behaviors related to sex.
- Compare the reasons for choosing to have sex versus choosing to wait.
LESSON 2: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Standards: 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.8, 7.3, 7.4; A, C, H
- Compare common STDs (bacterial and viral), list symptoms, and list modes of transmission.
- Explain why abstinence (sexual risk avoidance) is the only guaranteed way to prevent the transmission of STDs.
- Describe dangers of untreated STDs 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,
LESSON 3: Teen Pregnancy
Standards: 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 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 social life, relationships, finances, employment, educational goals.
- Describe 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 4: Reducing the Risk of Pregnancy—Contraception and Birth Control
Standards: 7.2, 7.4, 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 5: Avoiding Unhealthy Relationships, Legal Consequences
Standards: 7.1, 7.4, 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.
- Explain MI laws related to sexual activity (sexual assault, sexting, consent) and how they apply to teens’ relationships.
- Identify and apply strategies for avoiding and leaving risky situations and relationships.
LESSON 6: Emotional and Relational Consequences
Standards: 7.2, 7.7; A, B, H
- Explain how self-esteem and personal values systems are developed and how they guide sexual behavior.
- Describe emotional and relational outcomes (positive or negative) that can result from teen sexual activity or from avoiding sexual risk.
- Apply the concept of delayed gratification to the long-term benefits
of avoiding sexual risk.
LESSON 7: Dating and Boundaries
Standards: 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 7.5, 7.9, 7.10; A, F, G, H, I
- Identify the purpose(s) of dating.
- Summarize the individual and societal benefits of marriage.
- 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 8: Dating and Healthy Relationships
Standards: 7.8, 7.9, 7.10; A, H, I
- Compare and contrast love, infatuation, and sexual desire.
- Summarize characteristics of healthy relationships.
- Explain the stages of a healthy relationship.
- Identify desired qualities in dating and/or marriage partner.
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 positive peer role model for healthy choices.
- Engage in a general question and answer session with students on the Willing to Wait Leadership Team.