The ISRC has recently received a grant to develop a community-based participatory action research program, Core (previously known as the Chester Sexual Health Education Collaborative, or CSHEC). The program works to provide comprehensive and interculturally competent sexuality education to youth, young adults, parents, and other adults in Chester and the greater Delaware County area. The primary goals of the program are to reduce the risk of teenage pregnancy and STIs, train graduate students to be able to provide comprehensive and culturally competent sexuality education, and foster a partnership between Widener University students and teens living in the nearby community.
Core creates, conducts, supports, and evaluates comprehensive sexuality education and programming to make sexual well-being a reality for all people. We partner with leaders and train professionals to be culturally responsive, equitable, and accessible practitioners.
Core envisions our communities as places where members have access to accurate, relevant, and judgment-free sexuality education, physical/mental health care, and other resources for their sexual well-being.
- Sexual and reproductive rights are human rights (and they are based on the inherent freedom, dignity, and equality of all human beings).
- People of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and cultures deserve respect.
- To achieve social justice, it is essential to prioritize and amplify the voices of marginalized individuals and communities by employing a community-focused and systems-oriented approach.
- Sexuality is a lifelong part of being human; sex is natural and healthy, and it should be enjoyable for those who choose to engage in it.
- Sexual activity should always be consensual.
- Knowledge about sex is helpful not harmful.
Please take a moment to take our brief survey, as we are looking to better understand the needs of the community with regards to the following:
- trainings for professionals about sexuality-related topics
- providing support for organizations that provide sexuality education programming and/or sexual health services
- support and technical assistance in the design, development, or research/evaluation of sexual health programming
- community-oriented programs that provide resources for parents, caregivers, therapists, counselors, educators, administrators, and other human service professionals