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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
As always, there will be great talent and delicious food. See you there!
Please join us for a screening of How To Survive A Plague, followed by a panel discussion. Hope to see you there!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
- Networking is about making a genuine connection with another person. It isn’t always about using someone or a connection for your own benefit.
- Giving off a good first impression is important. To give a good impression, make sure you introduce yourself first, have a firm hand shake, and have good eye contact.
- Nonverbal communication is just as important as verbal communication! Your body language can say a lot about you!
- Before going to an event or meeting, know your goals for meeting other people.
Friday, November 8, 2013
It seems to be something that is lacking in our society now-a-days.
No one likes to check in with people anymore for fear of "breaking the mood."
But I think miscommunication later can kill a mood even more.
When sexual consent is not clear or taken into consideration, even more traumatizing things can happen!
To get you started on logically thinking about consent in your life, here is an awesome video clip about sexual consent:
In an educational skit from NiteStar, this quote always stuck in my mind, "NO may not always mean NO, but NO ALWAYS MEANS STOP!"
No may not always come in the form of NO.
Here are a few ways someone might try to get the point across without actually saying no, but they are all synonymous!
-Back Off! (or some more aggressive language)
-I'm tired tonight.
-Can we just watch a movie?
-I'm not interested.
-You're not my type.
-I'd prefer to do... (some other activity)
Anything else along those lines. I think we've heard a few in our lifetimes. (You can leave some of your favorite examples in the comments if you'd like!)
I've mentioned a "Yes, No, Maybe" list in previous blogs (Yes, No, Maybe So )
This is a wonderful tool to get to know YOURSELF.
You should never consent to anything unless you feel comfortable. That is the whole point. Know yourself and then other people can get to know you and experience things with you.
The only time a "yes" is disregarded is if someone is intoxicated or pressured to changed their mind. This means that the consent was not fully their choice, they couldn't make a complete judgement of their actions, and so forth.
It is a process but will pave the way to a better and clearer future for many!
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
I'm sure you have missed SMART Youth's wonderful blogs and updates.
We have missed providing them for you!
We took a little vacation, but we are back with a full schedule and wonderful upcoming events!
So keep checking back for all our awesome information and blogs!
Hint: HALLOWEEN IS SOON! ;)
Monday, May 13, 2013
Friday, April 5, 2013
There is a notion on the rise, that as soon as we create a SAFE & SUPPORTIVE environment for disclosure, is when we can truly conquer these laws and the stigma associated with them.
Here is a break down of:
How you can be comfortable disclosing
How you can be the best listener for someone who is disclosing to you!
Saturday, March 16, 2013
We had yummy food, covered a variety of great topics, and had great discussions!
A few gentlemen even wanted to join!
Our youth leaders and youth facilitator led workshops! It was full SMART Youth run!
|Jeannie doing a female condom demonstration.|
*Body Image & Self Love
*Female Masturbation (This was a new one for SMART Youth, and really got the mind racing!)
*Consent & Condom Negotiation
*Female Condom Pro's, Con's, & How To's
|SMART Youth Ladies!|
Friday, March 8, 2013
Monday, February 25, 2013
SMART Youth's Post-Valentine's Day event was a success!
Despite the rain and trains... we still managed to have a great event and hopefully provide people with new and valuable information!
If you weren't able to make it, or are curious about what we discussed, here is a little summary of each section.
1. Figure out what you are looking for (physical attraction, smarts, style, etc.)
2. Be confident. (Always a valuable attribute)
3. Don't push yourself onto them. (OR make them uncomfortable)
4. Make sure you are in a safe space. (And a place you would want to pick someone up at!)
5. Prepare yourself for rejection. (It happens! Don't let it get you down, move on with your head up)
When you're ready to continue some form of a relationship with someone, you should prepare yourself.
You should know what YOU WANT and what you will possibly want from a partner.
Check out this Yes, No, Maybe list to figure out some guidelines for yourself and partner(s):
Yes, No, Maybe
Remember, Hook-up's are open for interpretation! Communication is key in order to figure out what type of relationship you are experiencing with someone in order to reduce the "gray area" which we all dread.
Hook-Up's can be one night, kissing, sex or no sex, consistent, a few months, years, once in awhile... or a full relationship!
Know your rules and respect yourself so others can show you the same respect you deserve!
So it's coming to an end... Either it's for the best, going to hurt, or going to be the best day of your life.
It also all depends on whether or not you are being dumped or the one doing the dumping.
*These are very general tips since it all depends on how you feel about the person and the reason for leaving a person.
For the Dumper:
-Be clear. Make it known that this is the end of whatever you have created with this other person.
-Try not to be a jerk.
-Don't lie. "It's not you, it's me.", come on... seriously?
-Establish rules for after the relationship is over.
For the Dumped:
-Listen & Absorb.
-Don't jump to conclusions.
-Take a moment, if you need one.
-Accept it for the moment. If you so desire to pursue (which might not be a good idea if they are very clear), sleep on it for a bit. Let the air clear.
There are ways that people prefer to breakup/be broken up with, like face to face contact.
Texting and emails are at the bottom of that list, but it happens. It depends on where you are in the relationship or the type of relationship.
Good Luck and Stay Safe!
What a crazy thing relationships are...
Friday, February 15, 2013
"Pick Ups, Hook Ups, and Break ups"
Saturday, February 23rd
Vineapple Cafe (71 Pineapple street, Brooklyn, NY 11201)
2/3 trains to Clark St. OR A/C to High St.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
(2/3 to Clark st., A/C to High st.)
Friday, January 25, 2013
Whether it's blood work, or a regular check up, here are a few things to help you clear up all the confusing "doctor talk."
Basic Blood Work:
CBC: Complete Blood Count, this provides information on the kinds and number of cells in the blood, especially red blood cells.
Iron: (Fe), blood cells carrying oxygen.
Blood cells that are lacking in oxygen can mean someone is anemic (low iron). This can lead to lack of energy and lethargy (very tired most of the time).
Cholesterol: (HDL, LDL, and combined) The amount of cholesterol in your blood can come from your diet, weight, or even genetics (hereditary trait).
- HDL: High Density Lipoprotein, this is also known as the GOOD cholesterol since it can provide protection AGAINST Heart Disease.
Above 60 milligrams/deciliter (mg/dL) is Above Average
40-60 mg/dL is Average
Below 40 mg/dL is Low
- LDL: Low Density Lipoprotein, this is also know as the BAD cholesterol since is can CAUSE Heart Disease.
Below 100 mg/dL is Above Average
130 mg/dL is Average
130-159 mg/dL is Border-line High
160 or more is High
- HDL + LDL are both levels combined.
What else happens at the Doctor's Office?
BMI: Body Mass Index, your doctors checks your weight range against the precautions of either being underweight or overweight in comparison to your body type.
FOR THE VAGINAS
Pap Smears: Your Gynecologist (GYN) does a swab of your cervix for abnormal cells. These can consist of pre-cancer or cancer cells.
HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) can cause abnormal cells in the cervix and is the leading cause of Cervical Cancer, which has NO SYMPTOMS!
Pap smears should be done every 3-5 years (once sexually active).
If you have ever had an abnormal pap smear, it is recommended to get a pap smear annually.
FOR THE PENISES
*Testicular Cancer is most common in men UNDER 40!
So don't forget to do this quick self exam! If there are any changes go to your doctor!
Hope this helped clear up some alphabet soup with your labs and appointments!
Stay Safe, Stay SMART!
Friday, January 18, 2013
Sexting, AKA sexual text messaging, is the act of sending or receiving sexually explicit or implicit text messages or images electronically via wireless device. Think of it as the modern day version of ‘phone sex’ -- except, unlike phone sex, sexting leaves very little to the imagination.
- Talk about both the small (false sense of intimacy, loss of control, possible future issues in jobs/relationships) and large consequences (jail, social isolation, depression, bullying, school suspensions, etc)
- Sexting includes more than just texts today -- Facetime, Skype, Facebook, etc are all places where "sexting" occurs
- Digital technology ensures that all images and words are available forever and are almost impossible to "delete" or destroy -- (ex. Anthony Weiner's twitter pictures of his private parts will always be available.)
- Not just an issue for teens, but it is the time when we are most curious and susceptible to other people's requests.
Be Smart and Be Safe!
Understand the consequences of your actions.
The choice is yours.