For Parents

We are so excited to be invited into your teenager’s class to provide workshops that encourage smart, brave, and healthy decision-making. Our program equips students with tools to navigate life’s choices and avoid risks, develop healthy relationship skills, and ultimately reach their goals.

As parents ourselves, we know how imperative it is for you to know what your child is being taught!

Our Curriculum

We use, and are certified by, a national curriculum called REAL Essentials – Relationship Education And Leadership.

This peer-reviewed program is evidenced-based, medically accurate, age-appropriate, and inclusive, as it recognizes every student has value. It is utilized nationwide and meets many Pennsylvania State Standards in health education.

Our dynamic and fun workshops include a wide variety of topics that foster relationship health:

  • Self-Discovery
  • Understanding differences in others
  • Effective communication and conflict resolution
  • Decision making skills
  • Navigating and setting healthy boundaries
  • Strategies for overcoming peer pressure
  • Relationship red flags
  • Making decisions about sexual health
Empowered Youth is an affiliate program of Penn’s Youth Initiative. 
How does it work?

Attend one of our Parent Workshops to find out! At our workshop, we’ll highlight an actual student lesson and allow time for you to ask questions and get the answers you need.

Our parent workshops are offered regularly and coincide with student classroom workshops. We value engaged parents and would welcome any questions you may have!

Upcoming Parent Workshops:

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 7pm
Hope House at A Woman’s Concern
1102 Millersville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17603


How are Empowered Youth programs funded?

Empowered Youth is funded through private donations, a grant from Community Aid, and has also partnered with Penn’s Youth Initiative. Penn’s Youth Initiative is a grant collaborative currently funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration: Children & Families Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) specific for Sexual Risk Avoidance Education.

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Administration for Children & Families
Family & Youth Services Bureau (FYSB)

Does Empowered Youth’s programming meet Pennsylvania’s Health Standards?

Absolutely. Real Essentials is in alignment with the CDC Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT).

Is there any data showing the success of Empowered Youth’s programming?

View results on the Penn’s Youth Initiative website

How does the Grant track results?

Empowered Youth uses confidential, matched pr-e and post-surveys through Health and Human Services to confirm changes in attitude, knowledge, and intended behavior to measure program effectiveness.

Other Resources

Parent Workshop Registration

    Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 7pm

    Hope House at A Woman’s Concern
    1102 Millersville Pike, Lancaster, PA 17603