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TORCH offers dynamic, interactive, and engaging 60 minute workshops that get young people talking about sex, sexuality, communication, and autonomy. Workshops are presented by our teen Peer Leaders because we believe, and know, that the best people to teach young people are other young people.

TORCH is currently accepting workshop requests — please scroll down to fill out a workshop request form. 

**Workshop request during school hours and on weekends maybe considered, but will likely be facilitated by an adult staff person**.

Choose a Workshop

We offer dynamic, interactive and engaging workshops that get teens talking about sex and sexuality.

TORCH® Workshop Guidelines:

  • A minimum of 8 participants between the ages of 13-21 is a MANDATORY requirement for TORCH workshops.
  • Each workshop is approximately 1 HOUR.
  • TORCH® Peer Leaders are available Monday- Friday* during after school hours**

*TORCH® Peer Leaders ARE NOT available to do workshops on Tuesdays.

**Workshop request during school hours and on weekends maybe considered.

  • Dates will be set up in the order we receive the request.
  • TORCH requires a staff member from the host organization to be present at ALL workshops and to fill out a workshop evaluation form at the conclusion of the presentation.
  • We strongly recommend that workshops be presented as a series, but each is also available as a stand-alone workshop.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Stephanie Zapata, Youth Education Associate at 212-343-0114, ext. 3524 or email at szapata@nirhealth.org.

Because the best people to teach teens about sensitive topics and making health choices are other trained teens!

Unpacking Sexuality

In this workshop, TORCH Peer Leaders facilitate a discussion about sexuality, including the different components, the concept of sexuality as fluid/changing. Through interactive activities, participants explore messages we get from media & society about sex and sexuality.

Defining Identity and Orientation

In this workshop, TORCH Peer Leaders challenge the misconceptions around sexual and romantic orientation and [a]gender identity. This workshop, aptly titled “Defining,” is a basic 101 on terminology. We engage the audience in a discussion about the importance of LGBTQIAGNC+ allies and accomplices.

Note: This workshop is only available to be facilitated by an adult staff person, with the possibility of one/two youth peer leaders assisting.

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Self-Esteem and Self Image

In this workshop, Peer Leaders explore self- esteem and self-image and its effects on the everyday lives of young people. We introduce self-image as opposed to body-image, in order to encourage participants to think of themselves as more than just a body. This workshop also allows for participants to self-reflect and practice positive affirmations for themselves.

Healthy Adolescent Relationships

In this workshop, Peer Leaders discuss the various signs of unhealthy relationships through frequently romanticized celebrity couples. Peer Leaders will also discuss what makes a relationship healthy, emphasizing communication and the identification and application of personal value and boundaries. The workshop allows for time to discuss the distinction and importance of consent versus coercion and how these can play out in relationship scenarios.

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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

In this workshop, Peer Leaders provide an overview of sexually transmitted infections, including what they are, how they are transmitted, treated, and how to practice safer sex. The workshop concludes with a resource guide of free and low-cost STI testing centers in NYC.

Contraception

In this workshop, Peer Leaders provide a thorough overview of all effective contraceptive methods, and how to use them, while emphasizing the importance of autonomy and making these decisions on what is best for them given their situation. This workshop will also feature hands on examples of contraception models like the IUD, diaphragm, birth control patch, etc so that participants can familiarize themselves with their appearance and application.

Use this form to request a workshop.