Let’s Talk is an inclusive, comprehensive sexuality education and outreach organization committed to providing Kansans of all ages access to information and evolving tools to support their developing self determination and optimal well-being.
Students deserve access to thought-provoking, meaningful, comprehensive sex education. “Let’s Talk” aims to build a strong foundation of comprehensive sexuality education in the Lawrence community and throughout the state of Kansas.
The goal of most sexuality education programs in the US is to decrease negative consequences of sexual activity— to stop the spread of sexually transmitted infections and decrease rates of teen pregnancy. These are worthy goals, but we don’t believe they go far enough.
Let’s Talk uses a model that is focused more broadly around promoting the well-being, health and dignity of individuals. Helping people contemplate their personal values and think critically about their decisions using a wider lens of health engages people around additional critical aspects of sexuality such as consent, relationships, identity, pleasure, and comfort with one’s body.
Vanessa Sanburn, MSW, started her work in sexual health as a Medical Assistant in a Planned Parenthood clinic before transitioning to their Education Department, where she found her calling: delivering comprehensive sexuality education that provides meaningful, affirming, and engaging information to youth, families, and communities. Vanessa served on the Lawrence School Board of Education from 2009-2018, working in part to improve access to meaningful, inclusive, and comprehensive sex education for all students in her district. In 2014, Vanessa was honored with a Spotlight award in Washington DC by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. for her work advancing sex ed policy and practices in Lawrence Public Schools. In 2016, she successfully lobbied for Lawrence Public Schools to provide open access condoms to students at both district high schools. When she’s not teaching, she’s advocating!
Cori Green, RN, BSN, is also an award winning nurse and the director of the SANE program at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Cori began her career in public health, working in a clinical setting to provide a wide variety of family planning services. In 2005, she began teaching a family based class to facilitate family communication about sexuality. In 2013 and again in 2017, she received the Daisy Award, a nationwide award program that recognized her excellence in nursing while working on an inpatient medical unit at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Cori has taught throughout her career, volunteering in classrooms throughout middle and high schools as a guest speaker on a variety of sexual health topics. She works tirelessly to create a culture of consent in her community.
Combined, Vanessa and Cori have over 20 years of experience teaching sexuality education and can bring both a social work and nursing skill set to this work. Having education and skills in these fields provides students access to medically accurate information, based upon real-world clinical knowledge and experiences.
Let’s Talk supports and delivers programming in middle schools and high schools across Northeast Kansas, helping to implement the robust National Sexuality Education Standards. What started many years ago as guest speaking in several health classes has turned into annual, comprehensive, multi-day programs aimed at helping students contemplate critical concepts such as sexual decision making, consent, healthy relationships, identity, and personal safety.
This 5-session class series is designed to support healthy communication between children and their caregivers about puberty, body image, and sexuality, so children are more comfortable and better prepared to contemplate critical concepts such as consent, healthy relationships, personal safety, and sexual decision making.
Who is this class designed for?
The content covered is developmentally geared towards 5th and 6th graders, but depending on readiness as determined by parents/guardians we have had younger or older children attend. Talk to us if you have questions/concerns about this, as we are happy to help.
The cost is $100/pair, with scholarships available for those who need them. We won't turn anyone away for inability to pay, and offer $25, $50, $75, or full discounts based upon need.
Session 1: Parent’s Night
Session 2: Introduction, Self Esteem & Body Image, Personal Values
Session 3: Reproductive Body Parts, Gender/Gender Roles, Puberty
Session 4: Pregnancy, Contraception, Sexually Transmitted Infections
Session 5: Consent, Communication, Decision Making, Relationships
For more information or to enroll in an upcoming class, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your contribution will help ensure access to comprehensive sex eduction for Kansas communities. Let’s Talk is committed to ensuring students receive relevant, inclusive information to support healthy decision making. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Please donate today to support and expand this critical work in Kansas.
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