Service Scholar organizes Sexual Health Education Week
Jasmine Lake, a senior at Mercer University, hosted a sexual health education week for her Service Scholars project from October 19-22.
Mercer Service Scholars is a program that invites service-minded students to work as part of important service inside and outside the local Macon community. Service fellows are normally required to complete an individual or team service project during their junior or senior year.
“Sexual Health Education Week aims to promote sex education on campus, primarily among Mercer’s undergraduates, and to make more people feel comfortable talking about sex and goodness. be sexual, ”Lake said.
She organized a total of four events during the week. The first was “Sexy Bingo,” which was a modified bingo game where she replaced words with sexual and reproductive health vocabulary and provided a fact for each word. When someone got a bingo, he had to tell him three of the facts he had learned to win the game.
The second was a Zoom in on STDs and STIs information session with a representative from Planned Parenthood. The third event was a guided discussion, “The Connection Between Mental Health and Sex,” to discuss exploring sexuality, maintaining healthy relationships and how it affects mental health in college. . The last event concerned HIV testing administered by the Ministry of Public Health.
Lake said she would create infographics for events that weren’t as busy, like the Planned Parenthood Party, to provide information covered by the events.
“My most important goal is just for people to have this information – whether they get it then or later – as long as they are exposed to new information,” Lake said.
Lake decided to organize a sexual health education week as part of her Scholar service project, as she plans to become a gynecologist after graduating in December. Lake, whose mother is a nurse, said she has always been comfortable talking about sex.
“I noticed on campus that my friends just weren’t as comfortable talking about sex or reproductive conversations as I was, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to expand their horizons, ”Lake said.
For her first event, she gathered around 25 people, while only one attended the second event and five attended the third event. She had ten people tested at the HIV testing event, but also asked people to contact and ask about another testing event in the future.
“These events are important because it is inevitable that students will be sexually active in an academic environment, so they should be educated about the best practices to adopt and how to be so while engaging in sexual activity,” Janai Baxter, who attended Sexy Bingo and the Connection Between Mental Health and Sex, said.
“It’s not often talked about on college campuses, so raising awareness about sexual health is extremely important,” said Tay Jones, who attended the first three events.
Even though she is close to graduating, Lake wants the week to become an annual event. While she plans to host the event again if she attends Mercer Medical School, she also plans to speak to different student organizations to see if any of them would be interested in hosting her at the. future in the interest of making it sustainable.
“One of the great things on campus when it comes to health initiatives (is that at least one person is good because it means you are helping someone,” Lake said. .
She is still working to keep the event going, but was happy with the enthusiastic response her events received.
“Sexual health and well-being is not something to worry about,” Lake said. “It’s really a lot of fun when you think about it, and it can be a great way to build relationships and it’s really important to think about when you are developing relationships so that everyone can set boundaries, honesty and open communication. “