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Sexuality and the Thinking Teen

August 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT

Sexuality and the Thinking Teen

Register here: https://thinkingteenssexuality.eventbrite.com

A 5-part, discussion-based course for ages 14-18. This is your chance to talk frankly with other teens about sexuality, gender, sexual wellness, justice, and equity. Your thoughts and ideas matter! This online course is equally useful to all genders and sexual orientations.

We recommend attending all sessions, but if this doesn’t fit with your schedule, email info@greyhavensgroup.org for individual session prices.

We will send out the Zoom link for all sessions one day before the first session. We’ll send weekly reminders after that. Registration closes when the course is sold out or July 30 at 9:00 p.m.

Companion Series for Parents here: https://thinkingteensparents.eventbrite.com

Course Objectives:

  • To provide teens with medically-accurate, trauma-informed, intersectional information about human sexuality.
  • To balance information and discussion using the Philosophy for Children (P4C) method so that teens leave the course feeling heard and respected and with the tools they need to make decisions about their sexual lives that are best for them now and in adulthood.
  • To teach teens the skills they need to articulate and examine their own attitudes and values about sexuality, gender, relationships, and the relationship of all these things to justice and equity.
  • To guide teens in hearing and sensitively challenging the ideas of those with whom they disagree, keeping in mind the distinction between stating one’s beliefs and harmful speech.
  • To teach kids how to think critically and compassionately about their own lives, not what to think.

Who Is This Class For?

  • Teens who want to learn and think together about human sexuality and their own lives.
  • Teens who are excited to engage in thoughtful discussion about sexuality while respecting the identities and validating the experiences of other teens in the class.

This course will not provide comprehensive sexuality education. We will give you resources for finding more information and the tools to evaluate that information. We will make sure that all of the information we do provide is medically accurate. If a facilitator does not know the answer to a question, they will check with our experts and follow-up with accurate information.

Day One 7/31:

  • How to Have a Civil and Equitable Discussion
  • Sexuality Education in the US

Day Two 8/7:

  • Human Development, Gender, and Sex
  • Complexity of Gender and Sexuality for Individuals and Societies

Day Three 8/8:

  • Sexual Wellness
  • Gender and Sex in Media

Day Four 8/14:

  • Gender and Sexual Justice and Equity
  • The Future: ideas about gender, sex, relationships, and families

Day Five 8/15:

  • Further Reflection and Discussion

Funded in part by the Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization (PLATO) and the Longmont Community Foundation.

About Grey Havens Philosophy: Grey Havens Philosophy is a Colorado nonprofit that teaches people of all generations to think in ways that are critical, creative, caring, and collaborative. We do this by hosting fun and accessible philosophy discussions throughout our community and beyond. Philosophy is for everyone!

Our Lead Instructor:

Kelly Cowling is the founding director of Grey Havens Philosophy. Through her work as a sexual health educator and in social services as well as at Grey Havens Philosophy, she has been talking with kids, teens, and families about challenging topics for 24 years. She trained in Philosophy for Children (P4C) at Texas Wesleyan University.


Renee Beechen, MSN is a Registered Nurse with over a decade of experience in pediatrics, radiology, transfusion and emergency medicines. Her volunteer passions include international clinic-work and LGBTQIA+ causes. She is honored to assist Grey Havens Philosophy in developing a curriculum that teaches young adults “how to think, not what to think”.


August 7
10:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT