Love Notes 3.0 – Sexual Risk Avoidance Adaptation


By: Marline E. Pearson, MA

Length: 13 lessons

Ages: 14-24 years

What Is Love Notes SRA Adaptation?

Unhealthy relationships, dating violence, and risky sexual behaviors are a serious threat to the well-being and futures of many young people. Love Notes Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Adaptation addresses these issues by building skills and knowledge for healthy relationships of all kinds: romantic, friendship, family, school, and work. In 13 lessons, youth learn more about themselves: how their past has shaped the present and how to make decisions on what they want for their own future. They learn what healthy relationships are and are not while building a set of skills for choosing friends and partners, and for developing and maintaining healthy relationships, including evidence-based communication and conflict management skills. Parents and trusted adult connection activities offer conversation starters on healthy relationships and on the benefits of leaving sex out of their youthful relationships.

Throughout the lessons, youth explore the benefits of sexual delay for achieving future goals. They learn to make clear decisions about relationships and about sex, and they practice skills to assert intentions, respond to pressure situations, and change course. They also learn meaningful ways to commit or recommit to leaving sex out of youthful relationships.

Through Love Notes SRA youth, whether or not they are currently sexually active, become empowered to identify their sexual values and intentions in a much deeper way while acquiring the critical thinking and communication skills to navigate their romantic lives. They hear from the voices of other youth and young adults concerning the many benefits of sexual delay, changing course, and following the Success Sequence (education, employment, marriage, and then children) for themselves and for any future children they may have.

What’s New with Love Notes SRA?

Loves Notes SRA Edition is an adaptation of the evidence-based Love Notes 3.0 curriculum. It includes all the core concepts, skills, and activities from the original Love Notes 3.0. However, it has been adapted to meet the guidelines set forth by the proposed SRA Education bill.

What Are Love Notes SRA’s Core Messages?

Love Notes SRA has a strong and consistent message on the benefits of sexual delay and risk avoidance, as well as the possibility and benefits of changing course and resetting one’s sexual boundaries. It communicates these messages through believable and culturally relevant examples (narratives, stories, media). It does not normalize teen sexual activity, nor does it preach or shame. The lessons are guided by the assumption that youth need encouragement to define a context for sex that is personally meaningful and protective of their aspirations and goals in life, and doing so will help them follow through on their intentions.

Does Love Notes SRA Include Information About Contraception?

It offers clear and up-to-date information on STDs and HIV. Lesson 10 contains a brief list of family planning methods for married couples who wish to plan when to start a family. It is presented in a way that does not normalize teen sexual activity.

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