Thursday March 10, 2016 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM PST
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California Endowment Conference Center 
1111 Broadway, 7th Floor
Oakland, CA 94607

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Helynna Brooke 
Red Web Foundation and San Francisco Mental Health Education Funds, Inc. 
 If you work with girls, don't let this topic be 

The Red Elephant in the Room

An elephant in the room is something we are all aware of but don’t talk about. If you work with girls and young women, is the topic of menstruation the red elephant in your room?

Did you know that menstruation can affect a girl’s physical performance, attention span, and emotional well-being? No matter what subject you are teaching, you can create a safe space for girls to talk about menstruation and assure them that it is a normal, healthy process of the female body.

As educators, mentors, program directors, and counselors, you have a valuable opportunity to break the cycle of secrecy and shame that surrounds the topic of menstruation by talking openly and honestly about it with the girls you serve.  Whether you teach coding, music, or life skills, menstruation is an important part of every girl’s life.

At this daylong conference you will learn:

  • How to identify the barriers, both personal and social, that stand in the way of your ability to talk comfortably about menstruation.
  • The importance of discussing menstruation with girls as a foundation for their lifelong reproductive health and personal empowerment.
  • How to make your workplace a period positive environment.
  • Experiential teaching tools, such as videos, art, and comedy that encourage dialogue with the girls in your program.
  • The latest in menstrual health news and activism.
  • Resources to support your understanding of the menstrual cycle and ability to answer common questions the girls might ask.

This event is sponsored by The Red Web Foundation and San Francisco Mental Health Education Funds.    

Since its founding in 2003, The Red Web Foundation has been dedicated to promoting a period positive approach to the menstrual cycle by offering comprehensive and reliable education about this natural, normal, and healthy aspect of the female experience.

Facilitator: Elizabeth Gould, Executive Director of the Red Web Foundation, BA Stanford, MS Edu. She has taught menstrual education to parents, teachers and program directors for over a decade.

Keynote Presenter: Megan Hamilton, Program Manager with Oasis for Girls. Founded in 1999, the mission of Oasis for Girls is to partner with girls and young women of color from under-resourced communities in San Francisco to help them cultivate the skills, knowledge, and confidence to discover their dreams and build strong futures. Before joining Oasis, Megan spent six years in Washington, D.C., working in a variety of organizations serving teenage youth.

Cost: Conference fee: $40.00

Payment can be made using your credit/debit card, Paypal or by sending a check made payable to: SFMHEF, Inc., 1380 Howard St. Suite 226, San Francisco, CA 94103.