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Community Newsletter - September 2021


We know we all mourn the loss of summer break but we are excited to start a great school year!

There are some exciting things that we've finalized over the summer and can't wait to work with all of our parents, communities and school partners this year. You'll be receiving more detailed information in the future but here are a couple of important items:

  • Our Life Begins program has been completely updated to follow our blended learning approach including pre & post tests, eLearning, and the data you need to see growth...but also, the name has changed to HUMAN REPRODUCTION & EMBRYOLOGY!
  • We've added a second program to compliment our Teen Sexual Health I program. The new program, Teen Sexual Health II, covers topics like sexting, setting boundaries, and much more. 



Sex Education Legislation Changes
Barb Thayer-Executive Director
Katie Gallagher-Director of Education

Many of our School Partners, Community Members and Parents are asking about the recent sex education legislation signed by Governor Pritzker on August 20, Senate Bill 818.  We are reaching out to assure you that Candor Health Education has the programming available to meet the requirements of the bill as well as offer some suggestions for answering parent questions regarding this new legislation.



Families Sound Alarm on 'Fenta-pill' Epidemic


As of August 2021, at least 70,000 deaths were caused by synthetic opioid overdoses in just over a year, including thousands of teens and young adults. TODAY’s Natalie Morales talks with families impacted by these overdoses, and shows just how easy it is for people to find pills that may be unknowingly laced with fentanyl.  Watch the video:



Virtual Sex Education Program Created 'For Teens by Teens'

Aspen Daily News

When high schoolers feel they’re only scratching the surface of a subject, it’s not every day that they’ll fill the void themselves and take their education into their own hands. Three recent graduates from the valley decided to advocate for their peers and create a more comprehensive sex education and healthy relationships curriculum.

This semester, Roaring Fork School District high school students will have the option to take an online course known as Causewell for a health credit. Causewell was created “for teens by teens,” according to the organization’s recent press release.



We get that ALOT.

To help parents feel a little more comfortable about what their students will be learning, we've put together some "Frequently Asked Question" videos and print outs.

Take a look at the Parent Resources to learn more.



Resources you can use to help your kids understand the "grey" areas of sexuality. Take a look at the short video about what you can find in our "Sex & Technology Portal"



Laura Benn

Social Media Coordinator

Laura joined Candor Health Education as the Social Media Coordinator in May of 2021. She received her bachelor’s degree in Communication & Media Studies from Aurora University and did Multimedia Freelance work for the University following her graduation. After leaving her alma mater, she worked for Chicago Coding System in Saint Charles as a Digital Marketing Specialist where she developed the company's brand identity and B2B marketing strategy. Laura believes that learning about how our bodies work from a young age is pivotal in our overall development, adding, the more we know about our bodies, the better we can take care of them.

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