Request a Workshop
TORCH offers dynamic, interactive, and engaging workshops that get teens talking about sex and sexuality to youth and student groups across New York City. Each workshop is approximately one hour and is facilitated by our trained Peer Leaders. We recommend that workshops be presented as a series, but each is also available as a stand-alone workshop.

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

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!

Human Sexuality 101

In this workshop, TORCH Peer Leaders facilitate a discussion about sexuality, including decision-making, beliefs and values. We will also discuss various myths

that adolescents may hold about sexuality.

Exploring Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation

In this workshop, TORCH Peer Leaders challenge the misconceptions around sexual orientation and gender identity. We will engage the audience in a discussion about forms of discrimination and the reasons to respect and celebrate the spectrum of gender identity and sexual orientation.

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 Body Image

In this workshop, Peer Leaders explore self- esteem and body image and its effects on the everyday lives of

adolescents. This workshop also explores why adolescents may feel embarrassed or ashamed about themselves. Finally, we will discuss ways to fight negative images that adolescents face every day.

Healthy Adolescent Relationships

In this workshop, Peer Leaders discuss the various signs of harmful relationships, from emotional and mental abuse to physical and sexual violence. Peer Leaders will also discuss what makes a relationship healthy, emphasizing communication and the identification and application of personal values.

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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, where to get tested and treated, and how to practice safer sex.

Contraception

In this workshop, Peer Leaders provide a thorough overview of all effective contraceptive methods, how to use them, and the pros and cons of each method. This workshop will also include information about emergency contraception and IUDs.

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