Last year, the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health changed my life. I’d recently moved to Providence, and on a whim I applied to an internship at the CSPH. I didn’t plan on entering the field of sexuality, but it seemed like an interesting way to pass the time until I could find a steady job.
I didn’t realize how profoundly the internship would affect me. One year later, I am a sex educator and aspiring sex therapist. This is my life’s work, and the impact is real: my students overwhelmingly report being more likely to understand others’ sexual orientations and genders, being less judgmental of others’ sexual choices, and being more likely to communicate well with their partners after taking my class.
Recently, one of my students raised his hand and said, “The world would be so much better if everybody learned this.” And he’s right.
The world desperately needs more qualified sex educators and sex therapists.
But if you want to get into the field, it’s hard to know where to start.
In fact, there’s really only one program that is designed to help you every step of the way: the CSPH internship program.
Interns at the CSPH are greeted with mentorship, friendship, and an extensive network of professional connections. They learn about nonprofit management, sharpen their knowledge of human sexuality and diversity, and develop into the sorts of critical, compassionate leaders that we need in the sex ed field.
In order to keep the internship program running, we need to raise $2,000 by October 7. Will you join the Sex Ed Squad or make a one-time gift of $50 or more so that people like me can become the sex educators and therapists of tomorrow?
In August, I attended the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Summit for the first time. I got to meet so many intern alums and saw just how many careers the CSPH has launched in the past six years. Every educator and therapist who gets their start at the CSPH brings culturally inclusive, medically accurate, and pleasure informed sex ed to hundreds of people each year.
Friends, donate today to support a budding sexuality professional who will go on to bring sex education where it’s needed most. Join the Sex Ed Squad with a monthly donation OR make a one-time gift of $25, $50, or $100. Plus, last July’s limited edition bumper sticker (shown below) was so popular that we’ve decided to bring it back for anyone who signs up at $5 per month or more!
Without the CSPH, I wouldn’t be a sex educator today. This internship meant the world to me, and I can’t thank you enough for helping to make it happen year after year.
Thanks for being a sex ed warrior,
Intern Alum ‘15
CSPH Grant Writer/Counseling Intern
11th and 12th Grade Sex Ed Teacher