I Got This/Lo Tengo Bajo Control

I Got This is COLOR's comprehensive sexuality education marketing campaign. We believe that when our young people have the correct information, they should be trusted to make the best decisions for their bodies.

“I Got This!” or Lo Tengo Bojo Control campaign began in response to the wave of abstinence-only education. Our youth decided that while religion plays a role in their decision-making it is not the only factor – influence of media, family, friends and the government are also major players. When it comes to health, and sexuality, youth prefer to make educated decisions. “I Got This!” sends the message that whether young people practice abstinence or decide that they are ready for sex, they are armed with the skills necessary to make informed decisions about their education, bodies, birth control, STD and STI and HIV prevention, healthy relationships, as well as where to access resources.

Ten Things To Do Before You Have Sex

This is actually an old post by Dr. Karen Rayne. And yes, parents, this is something to show youth, if you think they're thinking about starting to - or have already started - having sex. If YOU are thinking or already started to have sex, check out this list:

**Just to be clear, these are things to do before you have oral sex, sexual intercourse, or anything else that could get you pregnant or an STI/STD.

Have an orgasm.
Yes, before you start having sex, you should give yourself an orgasm. It's important to know what feels good to you before you can show another person what feels good to you.

Know the other person's sexual history.
And I don't mean just sex for this one, but really the breadth and depth of their sexual experiences!

Know the other person's STD status, as well as your own.
The only way to know this for sure is to be tested! And if you're both virgins, well, you're not going to be for long. You might as well get that scary first STD testing out of the way so you'll know what to expect next time around.

Talk about exactly what STD protection and birth control you will be using.
These two issues go hand-in-hand (for heterosexual couples), and it is the domain of both parties to be intimately involved.
If you are part of a heterosexual couple, talk about what happens if the woman gets pregnant.
Here are a few options to talk about, in alphabetical order: abortion, adoption, raising the kid alone, raising the kid together. With the understanding that reality is different than the theoretical, make sure you're both on the same theoretical page.

Have your best friend's blessing.
We can rarely see someone we're in love with clearly. It is often our best friends who can see our lovers and our potential lovers for who they really are. Listen to what your best friend has to say, and take it to heart. If it's not what you wanted to hear, give it some time. Wait a month. A good relationship will be able to withstand another month before having sex. Then ask a different friend, and see what they have to say.

Meet your partner's parents.
At the very least, make sure you know why you haven't met them. The best sex comes out of knowing someone well, and knowing someone's family is an important part of knowing them. (Even if they're really, really different from your family).

Be comfortable being naked in front of each other.
You don't actually have to strip down in broad daylight to make sure you've reached this milestone, but it sure helps!

Have condoms on hand.
Make sure they fit right, that they're within the expiration date, and that they haven't been exposed to extreme conditions (like the inside of a really hot car). Condoms should be part of any respectful sexual relationship. There need be no assumption of hook ups outside of the relationship, just an assumption of good sexual habits being made and kept.

Make sure that your partner has done all of these things too.
Part of a happy, healthy sexual encounter is taking care of everyone's emotional needs and physical health. Both people need to pay attention to themselves and to their partner. That way each person has two people looking out for them. It's just the best way to do things.

IGT provides our youth direct access to various social media outlets to talk about comprehensive sexuality education. We have worked with youth in schools and this program takes that work to the next level. It underscores our belief that when our youth are given all the information we should trust them to make the best decisions for themselves. We work with local youth to support their leadership of IGT; they manage the website and Facebook page, conduct community presentations about IGT, and recruit supporters. IGT builds, amplifies and mobilizes a united voice of youth in our community that interacts with youth nationwide with intentional inclusion of all intersecting topics within comprehensive sexuality education. Oh, did we mention that we have awesome I Got This merchandise??

From trucker hats to sweatshirts, call us for some swag or email us to see how you can get involved!

I Got This Summit

Stay tuned for call for presenters and registration as we plan I Got This Summit 2015.
 
Over the past seven years, the "I Got This Summit: Mind. Body. Spirit.," formerly know as the Latina Health Summit, has introduced and engaged hundreds of youth to reproductive justice. The Summit attracts advocates from around the country to Denver for a weekend of workshops, trainings and actions related to the mind, body and spirit. We organize the event for Latinas, their families and allies to talk about issues that affect our communities. The Summit has in the past, and will continue to embrace the tenets of education, organizing and advocacy around comprehensive sexuality education and the goal of achieving reproductive justice. Workshop topics include self care, health policy, immigration, education, and social, economic, and racial justice.

For prior attendees, you may notice the name change from the Latina Health Summit to the "I Got This" Summit, but our goals are the same. The I Got This Summit is a safe space where youth can learn more about engaging in healthy behaviors, practices and relationships. The Summit was created by Latinas for Latinas and their allies, to learn and foster dialogue around reproductive justice, and the issues and policies that affect the Latino community, through interactive and dynamic workshops led by community activists and other youth leaders. The Summit develops and nurtures leadership and advocacy skills of young Latinas and other marginalized youth. In the words of prior attendees:

"This is not your typical health event with lectures and free cholesterol testing – this is a life-changing experience."

Still want to learn more?

Read an Op-Ed written by Evy Valencia, former board member and committee member.

Interested in joining a committee? Volunteering? Sponsoring youth to be able to attend? Donating food or other materials for the event?

Email Amber: amber@colorlatina.org or call 303-393-0382.