Forum for talking to kids about sex is Thursday in Edwards |

Forum for talking to kids about sex is Thursday in Edwards

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Vail, CO Colorado

EDWARDS, Colorado – If parents don’t talk to their children about sex, someone else will, says Denise Kipp, director of the local Red Ribbon Project.

Kipp is hosting “Talk is Power,” a bilingual forum for parents, Thursday at Miller Ranch.

Parents will be able to ask questions of experts, and discuss sexual health issues in a safe and non-judgmental environment, Kipp said.

“We will explore how to respond to difficult questions about sex and sexual health and how to plan an effective conversation with a young person,” Kipp said.

The presentation is designed for parents, guardians, family members and youth-serving professionals who want to sharpen their skills around talking with youth about sexuality and sexual health, Kipp said.

The forum will prepare parents to be better communicators around topics that youth face every day, Kipp said.

Guest speaker is Rebecca Engel, the education program manager at Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. She oversees Speaker’s Bureau, Project Prevention and In Case You’re Curious, Planned Parenthood’s new text messaging program.

Dinner will be provided, but you have to R.S.V.P.

“Family involvement is critical to keep our young people safe and healthy. Research indicates that adolescents who have strong relationships with adults are less likely to engage in risky behavior, including drug and alcohol use, violence, school drop-out, and risky sexual behavior,” Kipp said.

The forum is a collaboration between Red Ribbon Project, Planned Parenthood of the Rockies, Eagle County Public Health, and the Eagle River Youth Coalition.

The event is Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Miller Ranch Community Center. Call Denise Kipp at 970-827-5900, or email Translator headsets and translators will be available.

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