Students come together to express sexuality

Kelsey Hogan, Web Journalist

SHIFT, otherwise known as the Sexual Health Initiative for Transformations, is a new focus group at Northwest. The purpose of this group is to improve the sexual health of our youth.

“The group will improve the access to sexual health services for teens,” said parenting teacher and adviser of SHIFT Mrs. Rush.

It will be a safe and secure environment for teenagers of all sexual minorities. The program would like a broad variety of students.  Including students in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) community.

“The group helps to educate about LGBTQ  and sexual health as well, rather than just couples,” said senior Landon Clark.  “I feel as if I could be more open with the other kids in the group.”

The group has not only discussed sexuality differences, but the percentage of teenagers who have done drugs, had sex.

“It was cool to see different percentage of things in Northwest and discuss what we were surprised about ,” said Clark.

SHIFT is meant to improve sexual health education and allow students to be open about their opinions and ideas.  Not only does the group do that, it allows students to feel free with their sexuality.