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Amanda Nerem

Major: Kinesiology and Health


Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Community and Public Health

Company/Organization: YSS
Company/Organization website: https://www.yss.org/
Destination: Boone, IA
Timeframe: Spring 2018

Advisor/Coordinator Email: dpower@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention: Instructed sexuality education for adolescents at a variety of different schools/organizations. Organized projects and events related to topics such as sexuality, bullying, and human development. Developed and presented lesson plans for classes at DMACC in Ames, IA. Researched and implemented information on sexuality and related topics. Collected data from surveys and created presentations for results.

I accomplished...
Throughout this experience, I was able to educate adolescents in middle schools and high schools throughout Boone County and Story County. Because of this, I know that I was able to make a great impact on these individuals in a way that may provide them with more positive futures.

I learned...
One of the lessons that I learned is that sexual education is just as important to adolescents as any other subject. By providing these individuals with information about topics such as sexual development, birth control, STDs, and so on, they will be able to move forward and create healthy futures for themselves and the people around them.

Advice for others...
Do not be afraid to expand outside of your personal bubble. The whole point of experiences such as this are to expand your horizons and try new things that you could potentially enjoy and continue doing in the future. Even if it does not seem like something you will enjoy, try it out! You'll never know if you don't try.

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