A popular speaker, Jen Elledge (Barber) has taught thousands of parents and young people the importance of being sexually healthy. She has had multiple careers teaching at universities, running teen programming for community clinics, and working with diverse populations ranging from homeless and under-privileged youth, autistic and special needs populations, abused and neglected children, elementary through college students, to sexual assault victims.
With her diverse experience working in the fields of youth development and sex education, she has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and expertise to share with families and has developed curricula that helps parents and children master THE Talk!
Through light humor, fun activities, and story, she creates an open and honest conversation about one of the toughest subjects parents must broach. Courses are uniquely designed to create a bond between parents and their children so that children see their parents as approachable, key to what makes The Talk Institute’s programs so rewarding for families.
For over 15 years, Jen has had an interest in sexual health, always researching solutions and best practices to help support youth and families. In an effort to assist parents with the growing need to communicate with their children about difficult-to-discuss topics, like sexuality, she founded The Talk Institute.
Jennifer is a renowned sex educator! Her formal education background includes a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in public health. She studied sex education internationally in the Netherlands, Germany, and France, where the teen pregnancy, birth, and STD rates are up to nine times lower than in the U.S., in search of best practices to implement here in the States.
Her courses are not just informational, but a learning experience, one of bonding and connecting with your children while sharing your values and beliefs along the way. Families benefit from her courses for years to come and rave about them years later.
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