Sexuality Education Program

Lurie Children's Sexuality Education Program combines the expertise of multidisciplinary staff with a youth-centered and engaging curriculum. Our team supports thoughtful, culturally responsive, and LGBTQIA inclusive conversations as students learn about relationships, social emotional development, and their bodies. All programming is consistent with the National Sexuality Education Standards and Gender Spectrum's “Principles of Gender Inclusive Puberty and Health Education”. We are an approved community-based Sexual Health Education provider with public and private schools, including Chicago Public Schools.

For more information on programing and fees, please reach out to Dawn Ravine,, Sexuality Education Program Coordinator.

Types of Programming

Our staff provide tailored developmentally appropriate sessions to fit the needs of all students. As a pediatric institution, we share a unique expertise for grades K-8, but support these sessions across all levels of education.

LGBTQ Centered/GSA Workshops

We offer age-appropriate sexuality education tailored to the needs of LGBTQ youth for middle and high school GSAs, focusing on consent, communication, and safe sex. Some key topics may include sexual communication in a gender-affirming way, healthy LGBTQ relationships, anal sex, and HIV & PrEP. Our team members focus on answering questions and providing resources specific to LGBTQ youth. For more information, email Adam Davies (they/them) at

Parents and family members are their children’s first teachers. Our staff provides adults an opportunity to explore and learn about the range of topics covered in comprehensive sexuality education. We talk about ways to respond to challenging questions. We provide tools and resources to ensure that adults are equipped to provide ongoing affirming support to the children and young people in their lives. These sessions are conversational, prioritizing community and family needs. These sessions support the need for each young person to have a team of informed and supportive adults at home, at school and in their communities.

Our team knows the importance of supporting teachers and school staff in becoming comfortable and confident in facilitating sexuality education conversations. Through our school professional development offerings, we prepare staff to provide accurate and developmentally appropriate responses to challenging questions. Professional development (PD) sessions can focus on formal sexual health education facilitators or general school personnel who may be responding to sexuality education topics that arise outside of formal curriculum.

PD options include: 

  • Overview of Comprehensive Sexuality Education (tailored to age of students)
  • Make It Interactive: Hands-On Practice of Activities to Support Sexuality Education
  • Preparation Co-facilitation of Parent Nights
  • Q&A: Answering Challenging Questions
  • Opportunities to shadow or co-facilitate lessons
  • Review of curriculum and practices at the school district level

Our Gender and LGBTQ Inclusion trainings are an excellent complement to Sexuality Education training.

Sexuality Education Resources


Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for adolescents and young adults. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at or call 312.227.7500

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