BJC School Outreach and Youth Development programs are designed to meet Missouri and Illinois academic health standards. Students learn through discussion and interactive teaching by trained health professionals. Pre- and post-tests are administered with a comprehensive report for each program.

Heart 2 Heart for grades 6-8

Middle school is a tough time for students with the body's physical, emotional and sexual changes. Heart 2 Heart is a sexuality curriculum developed for middle school youth. The program helps students understand the human body and make good decisions about their sexual health.

The program is four 45-minute sessions delivered by a trained BJC Health Educator and addresses media influences and messages; self-esteem and body image; healthy and unhealthy relationships; communication; and refusal skills.

Heart 2 Heart for grades 9-12

Adolescence is a period of uncertainty, confusion and conflict as well as excitement, challenge and tremendous growth. In this time of transition from childhood to adulthood, teenagers are forming their own identity inclusive of their sexual identity. Teens are faced with many influences that impact their decisions regarding sexual behavior. The Heart 2 Heart program can empower students by providing education and resources for making the best decisions concerning sexual health.

Six 45-minute sessions address myths and facts about sexuality; the influence of media messages; body image and self-esteem; STIs, including HIV/AIDS; teen pregnancy; and healthy relationship skills.