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Addressing issues of the heart, not just risks and health, encourages and empowers youth to cultivate a “North Star” for their sexual lives.

They gain a better understanding of intimacy, decide what they want sex to mean, where they want to set their boundaries, and how they want to pace their physical involvement in a relationship. Deciding from the research of Scott Stanley and Galena Rhoades is used within Love Notes to encourage participants to make decisions rather than merely slide into situations that increase risk and diminish options in life.

I love a man with a great sense of humor and who is intelligent - a man who has a great smile. I like a man who is very ambitious and driven and who has a good heart and makes me feel safe.

I like a man who is very strong and independent and confident - that is very sexy - but at the same time, he's very kind to people.

Examining how an unplanned pregnancy can disadvantage or hurt a child may tap a more powerful source of motivation to more consciously plan to prevent a first or second pregnancy.

It helps bring home to young people why it really, really matters to avoid pregnancy, or to wait on having a second child until other things are in place like an education and a healthy, committed relationship, like marriage.

While focusing heavily on healthy relationship concepts and skill building, Love Notes v2.0 (2012) incorporates significant content on sexual decision-making, medically accurate STI and pregnancy prevention, pacing of relationships, and planning for choices.

We communicate by sharing our thoughts, ideas, and feelings.Youth are short on models of healthy relationships—if you’ve never “seen good”, it narrows your sense of what’s possible.In-depth relationship education provides a positive and proactive way to address IPV by equipping young people with knowledge, skills, and a vision to move what they want – not just away from what’s harmful.These activities are meant to serve as conversation starters, while conveying the core concepts and offering talking points to the mentor adult.It is a powerful protective factor when young people can dialogue with a caring, wise adult on these very important issues.

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