• #YouthCulture: Adolescent Brain Development and Addiction

    Schedule this program for: Adults

    This program examines consequences and health effects of substance use including the impact of adolescent brain development and the increased risk for addiction. This session includes the latest research, examines the risk factors for use, and the protective factors that help prevent youth substance use. A discussion on strategies to increase those protective factors and to support empowering youth to make healthy decisions will be covered. Participants will be equipped with tools and resources to support ongoing conversations.

    Program Length Online: 75 minutes
    Program Length In-Person: 90 minutes

  • #YouthCulture: Adolescent Brain Development and the Role of Social Media

    Schedule this program for: Adults

    This program examines the impact of social media on emotional, social and physical health. Participants will explore how adolescent brains process information and make decisions and how that impacts their online experience. This session includes the latest research, examines the risk factors and identifies the protective factors to reduce negative aspects online. A discussion on strategies to increase those protective factors and to support empowering youth to make healthy decisions will be covered. Participants will be equipped with tools and resources to support ongoing conversations.

    Program Length Online: 75 minutes
    Program Length In-Person: 90 minutes

  • Body Machine

    Schedule this program for: 6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade

    Delve into the skeletal, circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems. Investigate key health concerns and identify current research on keeping the body healthy. Please note: Content and presentation are adjusted to suit the learning needs of 6th grade through 8th grade and 9th grade through 12th grade.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Body Talk

    Schedule this program for: 

    It’s time to be explorers! Meet Mr. Big Mouth while exploring your way to a “Super Smile” by learning how to properly brush and floss away Sugar Bugs. Daisies explore MyPlate, and learn the importance of choosing healthy snacks, engaging in regular physical activity and getting enough sleep. Daisies also have an opportunity to visit the PlayWELL Park and climb a nutrition wall, weave through a healthy choices maze, zip down a tongue slide, balance on a giant skeleton, navigate a nerve net and much, much more! Grade Level: Girl Scouts Daisy Program Length: 3 hours (minimum of 25 participants)

  • Bones, Muscles and Joints

    Schedule this program for: 2nd Grade3rd Grade

    Don’t be afraid of this skeletal session. Participants learn the function of bones and the importance of keeping them healthy. 3-D models illustrate how the bones support the body. Volunteers demonstrate how to keep the spine in-line.

    Program Length: 45 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Bug Safari

    Schedule this program for: Kindergarten1st Grade2nd Grade3rd Grade4th Grade5th Grade

    Suggested booking Spring to late Summer Students will be introduced to the wide variety of both helpful and harmful bugs that exist within the GrowWELL Garden. Using seasonal safari guides, the students will work in pairs or small groups to build communication and discovery skills. Through this lesson students will begin to understand stewardship. It is our responsibility to care for the plants – and that includes bugs! At the same time it is important to be able to identify bugs that are helping the garden by spreading pollen, or hurting the garden by eating the leaves, and how to deal with them.

    Program Length: 30 – 45 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Bully Free Friends: Everyone’s A Star

    Schedule this program for: PreschoolKindergarten1st Grade

    “Angie Apple”, “Curtis Carrot” and “Star Fruit” introduce preschoolers and their caregivers to the importance of healthy and effective interpersonal communication and relationships. Specially designed puppets will explain how to recognize bullying, teasing, and aggressive behaviors and address appropriate ways to respond.

    Program Length: 30 minutes
    Meets the following North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development Emotional and Social Development (ESD) Goals:

  • Bullying Uncovered: Increasing Protective Factors for Our Youth

    Schedule this program for: Adults

    Bullying Uncovered is a 90 minute interactive program for adults who interact with youth. The program explores bullying definitions, statistics, and trends that include cyberbullying. Through small group activities, participants will learn how positive adult modeling and school climate impacts bullying prevention as well as tools to use to help children and youth experiencing bullying. Customized programs designed specifically for school staff, school transportation services, and faith communities are also available.

    Program Length: 90 minutes

  • Changing Lanes

    Schedule this program for: 6th Grade

    Join us on an interactive journey that explores the development associated with puberty, the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems, the menstrual cycle and conception. Subjects such as distinguishing between healthy and unhealthy relationships, effective refusal skills, and the difference between communicable and chronic diseases are all discussed. Additionally, the benefits of abstinence and communication with parents are emphasized throughout the program.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Choices & Consequences

    Schedule this program for: 5th Grade

    Participants will learn the facts about inhalants, tobacco/e-cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana through an interactive classroom game modeled after a popular game show. Participants will learn valuable information about the effects of substance use on their growing brains and bodies with interactive activities, videos and group discussion. Participants will conclude the session with skill building activities focused on communication and refusal skills.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Choices & Consequences: Family Edition (Online Only)

    Schedule this program for: 5th GradeAdults

    Parents/caregivers and children will learn the facts about alcohol, tobacco/e-cigarettes, marijuana and other drugs through an interactive game modeled after a popular game show. Families will work together to learn valuable information about the effects of these substances on the growing brain and body, as well as effective refusals skills to keep youth safe. The families will be engaged with interactive activities, videos and team discussions. All families will be provided with resources to encourage ongoing prevention skill building and communication.

    Program Length: 90 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Clean and Chompin’!

    Schedule this program for: 2nd Grade3rd Grade

    You be the dentist! Practice tooth brushing and flossing on Mr. Big Mouth’s extra-large teeth. Pick healthy habits and nutritious snacks to prevent tooth decay. To help reinforce the importance of regular dental check-ups, volunteers will create a decay equation explaining how sugar and plaque lead to cavities.

    Program Length: 45 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Decisions… Decisions…

    Schedule this program for: 4th Grade5th Grade

    How do I deal with my stress?  What do I say to my friends who are pressuring me to cheat?  How do I get my turn on the computer when my sibling is always hogging it?  Decisions… Decisions… is designed to help kids with these every-day situations by teaching a decision making frame work for dealing with stress, conflict and peer pressure.  Participants will travel into their future and recognize how decisions today will help them achieve their dreams.  Making difficult decisions ahead of time will help participants plan for plenty of rest, negotiating win-win solutions and take an assertive stand against peer pressure among other empowering strategies.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Decisions… Decisions… Teen Talk (Online Only)

    Schedule this program for: 5th Grade6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade

    Co-facilitated by a Poe health educator and trained high-school volunteers from Poe’s Teen Health Advisory Council, this version of Decisions... Decisions... is specially designed to deal with the stress of COVID-19 from a teen perspective.

    Program Length: 60 minutes

  • Dimensions of Wellness

    Schedule this program for: Adults

    As adults, we spend a lot of time caring for our children or others, and sometimes we forget our own self-care. This program will empower participants to explore the positives and negatives of stress and the effects ongoing stress can have on their mental, physical, and emotional health. Participants will have an opportunity to explore self-care strategies and develop a plan to develop a wellness routine. During the discussion, we will also cover how stress affects youth, including tips on increasing mental wellness, promoting coping strategies, and building resilience.

    Program Length: 90 minutes

  • Don’t Stand By: Be a H.E.R.O.

    Schedule this program for: 4th Grade5th Grade

    Research suggests that the majority of children involved in bullying are the bystanders. “Don’t Stand By” uses an intervention strategy that focuses time and skill building to help bystanders stand up and speak up when it comes to bullying in their schools, neighborhoods and communities. This interactive program allows participants many opportunities for discussion and problem-solving.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Don’t Stand By: Be a H.E.R.O. – Family Edition (Online Only)

    Schedule this program for: 4th Grade5th GradeAdults

    Research suggests that the majority of children involved in bullying are the bystanders. Don’t Stand By: Be a H.E.R.O. - Family Edition uses an intervention strategy that focuses time and skill-building to help bystanders stand up and speak up when it comes to bullying in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities. This interactive program allows youth and their family member(s) opportunities for discussion and problem-solving.

    Program Length: 90 minutes

  • Drugs Uncovered: What Parents Need to Know

    Schedule this program for: Adults

    Drugs Uncovered: What Parents Need to Know is an interactive program that targets parents of upper elementary, middle school and high school students. Drugs Uncovered introduces parents to the current trends regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; health risks associated with adolescent use/abuse; the North Carolina alcohol laws and parental responsibility; and techniques for open communication and dialog with adolescents.

    Program Length: 2 hour workshop and exhibit
       

  • #YouthCulture: E-cigarettes 101

    Schedule this program for: Adults

    This program addresses the growing concern of e-cigarette use among youth. Participants will explore consequences and health effects of e-cigarette use including its impact on adolescent brain development. This session includes the latest research, examines the risk factors for use, and the protective factors that help prevent use. A discussion on strategies to increase those protective factors and to support empowering youth to make healthy decisions will be covered. Participants will be equipped with tools and resources to support ongoing conversations.

    Program Length Online: 75 minutes
    Program Length In-Person: 90 minutes

  • Eat the Rainbow

    Schedule this program for: 3rd Grade4th Grade5th Grade6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade

    Suggested booking October – December / late April – July Students will learn how fruits and vegetables provide varied nutrients for our bodies. Additionally, they will discover how each color relates to a different nutritional benefit using the scientific concept of phytonutrients (pigments responsible for the color of fruits and vegetables) and how this concept connects to their broader lives. This is an interactive experience, as students will engage with plants in the garden and work in pairs through a series of group learning activities.

    Program Length: 45 – 60 Minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Exploring the Garden Seasons

    Schedule this program for: Kindergarten1st Grade2nd Grade3rd Grade4th Grade5th Grade

    Suggested booking October – December / late April – July The seasons of the year offer different opportunities to grow produce in different parts of the country. Fruits and vegetables often taste better when they are in season. As a gardener or farmer, it’s important to know what grows in our region and what can or cannot be grown at different times of the year. Students will be introduced to regional, North Carolina seasonal produce using hands-on learning techniques. Students will explore the seasons and organization of the garden mural, and engage with the GrowWELL seasonal garden.

    Program Length: 30 Minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Fantastic Foods

    Schedule this program for: 2nd Grade3rd Grade

    Meet the Food Super Heroes! The Nutrient Super Six help familiarize students with what nutrients do for our body. Participants will also enjoy the interactive Poe “vending machine”, figuring out food labels, and understanding what the best choices are for “MyPlate".

    Program Length: 45 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Fitness Is Fun

    Schedule this program for: Kindergarten1st Grade2nd Grade

    The emphasis is on fun as participants learn about the activity pyramid and why being active is so important. An interactive game teaches kids how to pack a tasty yet nutritious lunch.

    Program Length: 45 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • FITT for Life

    Schedule this program for: 4th Grade5th Grade

    You’ll feel great after experiencing this interactive program as we introduce the importance of regular physical activity. Participants will experience the benefits of exercise while exploring the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. This program introduces the different levels of exercise as well as the components of a good athlete. We encourage participants to make a lifelong commitment to their health.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Food for Thought

    Schedule this program for: 4th Grade5th Grade

    Have your students ever asked… Why do we need food? What is “MyPlate”? What are the different food groups, and do I need to eat foods from all of them? How does media influence food choices? Are all body types the same? Is dieting healthy? If you said yes to any of these questions, don’t give it a second thought; sign up for this program today. The session will answer each of these questions and more.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Food Friends

    Schedule this program for: Preschool

    We need food from every food group every day. Preschoolers will learn when to eat and what to eat through age-appropriate songs, rhymes, and pretend play. With Healthy Harry’s help, children identify colorful fruits and veggies and use “Poe pretend-food” to plan and safely prepare a balanced meal. Poe encourages preschoolers to try at least “just one bite” of new foods.

    Program Length: 30 minutes
    Meets the following North Carolina Foundations for Early Learning and Development Health and Physical Development (HPD) Goals:

  • For the Health of It!

    Schedule this program for: 6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade

    Participants will discover how using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs can damage their growing brains and bodies. This class is centered around interactive activities that focus on “showing and not telling” kids how their brains are affected by substance use. Real life scenarios help students analyze how a brain impacted by substances affects their actions and decision making skills. Students will conclude the session with role-play activities focused on communication and refusal skills.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Foundations of Wellness

    Schedule this program for: 9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade

    During this 60 minute program, participants will explore the positives and negatives of stress and the impact ongoing stress can have on their bodies. Attendees will be able to identify signs of stress and symptoms of anxiety and depression. Throughout the program, participants will learn tips and techniques that support self-care. These tools will help empower youth to develop a plan to decrease ongoing stress, promote a wellness routine, and to talk to trusted adults and support their peers.

    Program Length: 60 minutes

    Meets Essential Standards:

     

  • Friend Power

    Schedule this program for: 2nd Grade3rd Grade

    A fun and interactive session explores what qualities make a good friend. Participants will use their “emotion detectors” to practice interpreting facial expressions and will work together to create their own story about preventing bullying behavior. By the conclusion of the session, participants will understand how they can exercise their Friend Power to create healthy friendships.

    Program Length: 45 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • GermBusters

    Schedule this program for: 2nd Grade3rd Grade

    They’re everywhere, they’re everywhere! What are we talking about? GERMS! Whether it’s cold and flu season or just close quarters, germs can spread easily. Through this interactive experience, empower your students with the knowledge to reduce the transmission of these microscopic organisms.

    Program Length: 45 minutes

  • Girl Talk 2

    Schedule this program for: 

    Girl Talk 2 is a unique workshop designed for middle school-aged girls and their moms. This interactive, two-hour workshop discusses the growth and development girls experience during puberty, the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems, the menstrual cycle, fertilization and conception. Internet safety, peer pressure, abstinence, and sexually transmitted diseases are also introduced. The program has been designed with activities that facilitate and encourage open parent-child communication. Grade Level: Girl Scouts Cadette Program Length: 2 hours (maximum of 25 participants)

  • Girl Talk for Mom & Me

    Schedule this program for: 4th Grade5th Grade6th Grade7th Grade

    Girl Talk for Mom and & Me addresses the timely topic of adolescent growth and development and the physical, social and emotional changes that girls experience during puberty. 3-D exhibits, hands-on activities, and candid discussions help moms and daughters explore a range of topics from the workings of the reproductive system to the menstrual cycle to feminine hygiene protection and more. *If you are interested in scheduling or would like more information please email Robin or call 919-231-4006 ext. 322.

    Program Length: 2 hours

  • Girl Talk for Mom & Me

    Schedule this program for: 

    Girl Talk for Mom and & Me addresses the timely topic of adolescent growth and development and the physical, social and emotional changes that girls experience during puberty. 3-D exhibits, hands-on activities, and candid discussions help moms and daughters explore a range of topics from the workings of the reproductive system to the menstrual cycle to feminine hygiene protection and more. Grade Level: Girl Scouts Junior Program Length: 3 hours (minimum of 25 participants)

  • Grow It, Try It, Like It

    Schedule this program for: PreschoolKindergarten

    Grow It, Try It, Like It is a garden-themed nutrition education series for preschoolers. The 7-session series introduces children to three fruits (peaches, strawberries, and cantaloupe), and three vegetables (spinach, sweet potatoes, and crookneck squash). The 30-minute sessions include tasting fruits and vegetables while incorporating physical activity, literacy, songs and nutrition education activities that introduce MyPlate. Promote learning at home with fun parent/child activities and family-sized recipes that give tips for cooking with children.

    Program Length: 7 sessions, 30 minutes each

  • Growing Healthy Kids

    Schedule this program for: 1st Grade2nd Grade

    Growing Healthy Kids is a research-based curriculum from Oregon State University. Students learn about gardening, health, and plant biology while creating a paper, garden mural to be displayed at your school. Growing Healthy Kids lessons are fun and include music, physical activity, and a snack each lesson. This program is easily adjustable to fit into your schedule and can be offered for special education classes or as an afterschool program. Program Goals Include:

    • Increase the students’ exposure to vegetables and fruits.
    • Increase the students’ consumption of vegetables and fruits and model healthy food and lifestyle choices.
    Program Length: 8-12 sessions, 60 minutes each

  • Guy Talk

    Schedule this program for: 5th Grade6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade

    Guy Talk will equip boys with accurate age-appropriate information developed to help with healthy growth and development. Workshop topics include the changes which happen during puberty, the reproductive system, proper nutrition, and hygiene. Poe Center educators will lead parents and sons through engaging and interactive activities. *If you are interested in scheduling or would like more information please email Robin or call 919-231-4006.

    Program Length: 90 minutes

  • Happy Teeth!

    Schedule this program for: Preschool

    Join us for Jiggle Wiggle time with Mr. Big Mouth as students learn how to brush and take care of their teeth. Play our healthy snack foods game while learning about those who help us to take care of our teeth… making them Happy Teeth!

    Program Length: 30 minutes

  • Healthy Habits

    Schedule this program for: Kindergarten1st Grade

    Are you ready for an adventure? Discover the importance of healthy habits, check out what foods belong on “MyPlate” and visit the Poe Cafeteria. Learn about the importance of physical activity and heart health during your expedition, too!

    Program Length: 45 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Healthy POEtential

    Schedule this program for: Adults

    Is fast food a cheaper alternative to healthful eating? No!! Explore the evolution of serving sizes in America and learn how to feed your family healthfully and inexpensively. Healthy POEtential is an adult education program emphasizing the importance of good nutrition and physical activity. This one-hour interactive program covers nutrition and physical activity basics, the “MyPlate” food guide, decoding the Nutrition Facts label, how to get the most out of your food budget, and other related topics based on the group’s needs.

    Program Length: Single 60 minute session

  • Healthy POEtential Series

    Schedule this program for: Adults

    Healthy POEtential is four-session family education series which promotes healthy habits to adults and their families. This informative and interactive program covers:

    • Nutrition and physical activity basics.
    • In depth discussion around food groups, reading food labels and portion sizes.
    • How to get the most out of your food budget.
    • A virtual "Grocery Store Tour".
    Each 60 minute session involves taste testing a healthy snack, a short interactive lesson and a quick energizer!
    Program Length: Four 60 minute sessions

  • Healthy Relationships 101

    Schedule this program for: 8th Grade9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade

    Healthy Relationships 101 explores the facets of what makes a healthy relationship.  Setting and communicating personal boundaries, identifying warning signs of unhealthy relationships, and identifying societal influences that impact relationships are discussed through engaging activities, multi-media, and thoughtful reflection.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • #YouthCulture: Healthy Teen Relationships

    Schedule this program for: Adults

    This program dives into healthy teen relationships including dating relationships. The program examines adolescent brain development and decision-making along with exploring types of peer pressure and the influence on youth behaviors. This session includes the latest research on teen relationships including warning signs for dating violence, impacts of social media, and risk factors of adolescent substance use. Participants will gain tools and resources to support ongoing conversations with youth.

    Program Length Online: 75 minutes
    Program Length In-Person: 90 minutes

  • In the Know

    Schedule this program for: 9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade

    Participants will receive the latest research about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, as well as explore how substance use could impact their lives now and in the future. This program will cover important resources and decision-making skills to empower healthy choices that impact not only their developing brains and bodies but also their families, friends, and futures. In the Know is an interactive session engaging participants with group discussion, videos and activities.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • It’s Up 2 U!

    Schedule this program for: 3rd Grade4th Grade

    This program gives young students an important foundation about medicine safety and commonly misused substances such as tobacco. Participants will learn about how drugs affect our body, the difference between medicine use and substance misuse, who it's safe to get medications from, and other needed skills to help keep them healthy. Participants will identify how to refuse pressure from peers in risky situations as well as how to develop and access healthy support systems.

    Program Length: 45 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Menus, Muscles and More

    Schedule this program for: 3rd Grade4th Grade5th Grade

    Participants review “MyPlate” and participate in a practical restaurant activity that addresses hidden sources of fat. They also ride the exer-cycle as a practical application of how calories provide our bodies with energy.

    Program Length: 45 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Middle School H.E.R.O.

    Schedule this program for: 6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade

    Research suggests that the majority of youth involved in bullying are the bystanders. “Middle School H.E.R.O.” uses an intervention strategy that focuses time and skill building to help bystanders stand up and speak up when it comes to bullying in their schools, neighborhoods and communities. This interactive program allows participants many opportunities for discussion and problem-solving.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Mission Nutrition

    Schedule this program for: 6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade

    Mission Nutrition is an interactive and conversational program that explores the challenge of balancing food and physical activity. Activities are designed to help participants discover the importance of food labels and the barriers to healthy eating and the risk associated with over- and under-eating. Participants are also helped to understand messages in the media targeting teens, and how they affect their food choices.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Mission POE-ssible

    Schedule this program for: 4th Grade5th Grade

    Take a journey to learn and explore the human body. Participants will identify several body systems as well as learn about what can affect these systems. Secret agents (participants) are tasked with a mission to defeat some of the saboteurs of our body systems. Agents have to make choices and answer questions along the way to complete the mission. The exhibits and activities provide the agents with opportunities to get into the concepts and see their systems “up close”. Participants explore myths and realities of sunscreen, learn the importance of protective equipment and learn about the spread of germs and food borne illnesses.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Mountain Climbing: Reducing Risk and Setting Boundaries

    Schedule this program for: 9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade

    Being a young person is tough, and there are many difficult and complex decisions young people have to make – in particular regarding their sexual health. Mountain Climbing helps young people better understand the risks and benefits regarding different decisions they may make concerning their sexual health, including risk management, understanding STIs, forms of FDA approved contraceptives, and communication. Participants will get to participate in age-appropriate interactive activities to reinforce the program content.

    Duration: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards: Meets National Sexual Health Education Standards:

  • Muffin Mystery

    Schedule this program for: 6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade

    Students will lead a tasty STEM experiment as they use the scientific method to prepare and experiment with making blueberry muffins. They will develop a hypothesis on how substitutions impact the food, prepare the food, and evaluate and analyze the results in this hands-on cooking class.

    Participants: Ages 11 – 18
    Program Length: 2 hours

  • My Body, My Buddy

    Schedule this program for: Preschool

    Young children identify eating healthy foods, being physically active and sleeping as ways to take care of their bodies. Organ Annie helps emphasize the importance of taking good care of the body while highlighting our key organs.

    Program Length: 30 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • My Senses & Me

    Schedule this program for: 

    Brownies will explore the five senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste) and the associated organs-both in the General Health Theater and outside at the PlayWELL Park! Brownies can zip from ear-to-ear, slip down the artery slides and learn about the important role of the brain in physical activity and coordination! Grade Level: Girl Scouts Brownie Program Length: 3 hours (minimum of 25 participants)

  • Myth Busters

    Schedule this program for: 8th Grade9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade

    There are so many myths and false information surrounding Sexually Transmitted Infections and Contraception methods. Myth Busters breaks those myths by discussing the facts about STI’s (including HIV/AIDS) and FDA approved contraception methods while stressing the importance of Abstinence as a positive choice for young people. Students will get to participate in age appropriate interactive activities to reinforce the program content.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards: Meets National Sexual Health Education Standards:

  • #YouthCulture: Navigating Conversations with Your Child

    Schedule this program for: Adults

    This program focuses on the importance of communication with young people on substance use, social media and healthy teen relationships. The adolescent brain often processes the world differently than the adult brain and that impacts communication and understanding. Participants will learn about resources and tools to assist in developing and tailoring these important conversations with youth. This session includes the latest research, examines the risk factors and the protective factors that help prevent risky behaviors. A discussion on strategies to increase those protective factors and to support empowering youth to make healthy decisions will be covered. Participants will be equipped with tools and resources to support ongoing conversations.

    Program Length Online: 75 minutes
    Program Length In-Person: 90 minutes

  • Girl Talk 2

    Schedule this program for: 6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade

    Presented by the Poe Center, Girl Talk 2 is a unique workshop designed for middle school-aged girls and their parents. This interactive, 1.5 hour workshop discusses the growth and development girls experience during puberty, the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems, the menstrual cycle, fertilization and conception. Internet safety and peer pressure are also discussed The program has been designed with activities that facilitate and encourage open parent-child communication. Girl Talk 1 is a recommended Prerequisite for Girl Talk 2. *If you are interested in scheduling or would like more information please email Robin or call 919-231-4006 ext. 322.

    Program Length: 1.5 hours

  • #YouthCulture: Opioids 101

    Schedule this program for: Adults

    This interactive session examines the prevalence and consequences of opioid use including prescription pain medicine and heroin in our communities. Session includes how to recognize the risk factors, youth perception of risk, scope of the opiate problem, signs and symptoms, and action steps to help protect your family and community. Participants will receive resources and tools to help guide conversations with youth and to support proper monitoring, securing, and disposing of medications.

    Program Length Online: 75 minutes
    Program Length In-Person: 90 minutes

  • Parents Matter!

    Schedule this program for: Adults

    A CDC evidence-based program that empowers and educates parents/guardians of pre-teens (children ages 9-14) on how to be their own child’s sexual health and responsibility educator. Designed ultimately as a communication workshop, Parents Matter! helps parents/guardians dialogue more effectively with their child(ren) so that their values are being heard above those in the media.  The Parents Matter! program will include:

    • Tips on how to improve communication
    • Strategies for communicating your values to your child
    • Practice answering hard questions
    • Learning the truth about kids’ sexual behavior
    • Talking with other parents dealing with the same issues
    • Information about puberty and other health topics
    Dinner and child care are included with each session.
    Program Length: Five 2.5-hour sessions

  • Plant Patrol

    Schedule this program for: Kindergarten1st Grade2nd Grade

    Suggested booking October – December / late April – July Students will be introduced to plant anatomy (parts) and what plants need for successful growth, as well as getting to explore the seasonal plants and their parts within the GrowWELL Garden. We will introduce scientific plant vocabulary, learn about the seed germination process, the importance of environmental stewardship, and – if time permits – sample different plant parts. This class is an interactive experience, as students will actively engage with the plants and have an opportunity to work in pairs or small groups to build communication and discovery skills.
    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards K-2:

  • Plant Parts Detectives

    Schedule this program for: Kindergarten1st Grade2nd Grade3rd Grade4th Grade5th Grade

    Students will be introduced to plant anatomy (parts) and what plants need for successful growth. The online field trip will begin with an interactive lesson introducing scientific plant vocabulary, followed by an at home, hands on experiment where students will engage with fruits and veggies, and conclude with a GrowWELL garden virtual experience where a garden educator will lead a plant part discovery session. This class is an interactive experience, as students will actively engage with some fruits and veggies.

    Program Length: 60 minutes

  • Play Hard, Stay Fit

    Schedule this program for: 2nd Grade3rd Grade

    Is “play” physical activity? You bet! This session will examine the questions of “What is exercise?” and “What does it mean to be healthy?” Participants experience the correlation between nutrition and physical activity. They will discover their personal fitness likes and dislikes and the risks associated with poor health behaviors while learning how physical activity benefits every aspect of their lives.

    Program Length: 45 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • PoeMANIA!

    Schedule this program for: Kindergarten1st Grade2nd Grade3rd Grade4th Grade5th Grade6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th GradeAdults

    Are you ready to “come on down” to participate in a fun-filled game show? Join our wacky hosts for a nutrition and physical activity themed, interactive and educational program. This program is designed for all ages. Groups of up to 200 can participate and FAMILIES can compete TOGETHER to reach the “Million Dollar” question. Please Note: This program is designed for large groups consisting of both youth and adults.

    Ages: 5 and Up
    Program Length: 1 hour

  • Poe’s Cooking with MyPlate Challenge

    Schedule this program for: 4th Grade5th Grade6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th GradeAdults

    Participants work together in the kitchen to compete in a food-preparation challenge. Healthy cooking strategies are introduced, as well as reviewing MyPlate, reading a nutrition facts label, and practicing basic kitchen safety. Recipe choices include stir fry, turkey tacos, pizza with whole grain crust, and frittatas.

    Participants: Ages 10 – Adult
    Program Length: 2 hours

  • Produce and Parts

    Schedule this program for: 3rd Grade4th Grade5th Grade6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade

    Suggested booking October – December / late April – July Students will learn more advanced plant anatomy (parts) and what plants need for successful growth, as well as getting to explore the seasonal plants and their parts within the GrowWELL Garden. Additionally, we will introduce scientific plant vocabulary, learn about the seed germination process, the importance of our natural environment, and – if time permits – sample different parts. It is an interactive experience, as students will actively engage with the plants and have an opportunity to work in pairs or small groups to build communication and discovery skills.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Puberty Detectives

    Schedule this program for: 4th Grade

    Start the conversation about puberty and entering adolescence. Students step into the role of a detective as they learn to respect the differences of others, find the clues to determine the qualities of healthy and unhealthy relationships and investigate the physical, emotional and social changes related to puberty. Several interactive activities enhance the experience of the participant’s “training” before becoming an official Poe Center Puberty Detective.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Puzzled by Puberty

    Schedule this program for: 5th Grade

    Engage in an honest conversation regarding the physical, emotional and social changes that occur during puberty. Discuss the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems, the menstrual cycle and fertilization. Interactive activities and an age appropriate movie reinforce important messages covered during the program.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Reproduction: Healthy Responsibility

    Schedule this program for: 9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade

    Reproduction: Healthy Responsibility focuses the benefits of delaying pregnancy.  The health, legal, financial, and social consequences of adolescent pregnancy and parenthood are discussed through engaging prompts, activities, and videos.  Participants recall the benefits of abstinence until marriage as well as review the FDA approved methods of contraception.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Safety Smart

    Schedule this program for: Kindergarten1st Grade

    You are someone special! Through a series of hands-on activities and games, this program illustrates the message of protecting yourself from the everyday dangers of daily activities. Learn how to stay safe and healthy while still having fun!

    Program Length: 45 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Sheriff Tuffy Tooth

    Schedule this program for: PreschoolKindergarten1st Grade

    Sheriff Tuffy Tooth really speaks to kids about the importance of tooth brushing, eating healthy foods and visiting the dentist. Invite the Sheriff, an animated, talking tooth and his deputy, “Bucky the Horse,” to visit your school or group for a one-of-a-kind experience!

    Program Length: 30 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Smart on Social (Online Only)

    Schedule this program for: 6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade

    Teenagers live in a world of choices. Students will dig deeper into understanding online safety and why it is important to make good choices while using those platforms. This program empowers students by covering information about how to critically think when being influenced by the media, how social media affects your health and how to interpret real news and fake news. Participants will also receive internet safety tips to keep themselves and their families safe.

    Program Length: 60 minutes

  • Snack Smart for Parent and Child

    Schedule this program for: 3rd Grade4th Grade5th Grade6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th GradeAdults

    Families follow a recipe to create a healthy snack while learning about MyPlate, healthy snacking, and proper kitchen safety.

    Participants: Ages 8 years and up, paired with an adult caregiver
    Program Length: 2 hours

  • Street Safe

    Schedule this program for: Kindergarten1st Grade2nd Grade3rd Grade4th Grade5th Grade

    Poe Center's Street Safe program is a collaboration with NC Safe Routes to School and provides safety information for walking, biking and riding as a passenger in a car. Program can be customized/adjusted to ensure age/grade level appropriate content/activities for various groups.

    Program Length: Three 15-minute sessions or one 45-minute session
    Meets Essential Standards:
    • Kindergarten: K.NPA.1, 1.3; K.PCH.2, 2.2
    • Grade 1: 1.NPA.1; 1.NPA.3, 3.1, 3.2
    • Grade 2: 2.NPA.1; 2.NPA.3, 3.2
    • Grade 3: 3.NPA.1, 1.3
    • Grade 4: 4.NPA.1; 4.NPA.3
    • Grade 5: 5.NPA.1, 1.2; 5.NPA.3, 3.2

  • Stress Less

    Schedule this program for: 

    Cadets and Seniors will learn how to define stress and its various forms, as well as developing the tools necessary to cope with stress in a healthy way! Scouts have a list of stress-reducing activities to accomplish in order to qualify for this badge: exercise, keep a journal, find music that helps them relax, practice breathing techniques or create a personal stress kit filled with cartoons, photos, a picture of a peaceful scene, a squeeze ball or the scent of lavender. Grade Level: Girl Scouts Cadette & Senior Program Length: 3 hours (minimum of 25 participants)

  • Strong and Balanced (Online Only)

    Schedule this program for: 9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th GradeAdults

    This program is geared specifically for teens and young adults to provide tips for staying physically and emotionally balanced during stressful times...like quarantine.

    Program Length: 30 - 45 minutes

  • Summertime Safety

    Schedule this program for: Kindergarten1st Grade2nd Grade3rd Grade4th Grade5th Grade

    Safe outdoor fun is the focus of this program. Children learn about protection from the sun, signs of overheating and dehydration, safe warm weather exercise and nutrition, poisonous plants, bug bites and more. Be active, stay safe, and have safe fun in the hot sun.

    Program Length: 45 minutes

  • Sunbeatables

    Schedule this program for: PreschoolKindergarten1st Grade

    In this curriculum, children meet the Ray and the Sunbeatables® superheroes, who travel around the world using their superpowers of sun protection. Children are encouraged to participate in activities to help Ray and his friends stay sun safe every day and everywhere they go.

    Program Length: 30 minutes

  • Super Smiles!

    Schedule this program for: Kindergarten1st Grade

    An exciting visit from Mr. Big Mouth will teach students the importance of proper brushing and flossing. Students play “Move It and Lose It” to demonstrate the exchange of primary teeth for permanent teeth. Annie and Moby™ take them on a visit to the dentist and a special guest, Captain Clean-Teeth, helps them leave this fun program with… Super Smiles!

    Program Length: 45 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Teen Mental Health First Aid (tMHFA)

    Schedule this program for: 10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade

    tMHFA teaches high school students (ages 15-18) how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders among their friends and peers. The training gives youth the skills to have supportive conversations with their friends and get a responsible and trusted adult to take over as necessary. It is designed to be delivered in schools or community sites. Learn more about this evidenced and research based program from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.

    Program Length: six 45-minute sessions or three 90-minute sessions

  • The Alphabet of Bullying Prevention

    Schedule this program for: 6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade

    Session One D Stands for Diverse – Students are introduced to the real meaning of diversity and are encouraged to remember that “I am who I am because of who we are.” Session Two B Stands for Bullying – Students learn the facts about bullying: how to recognize bullying, the roles of the “Bullying Circle”, and what to do from each role’s perspective. Session Three R Stands for Relationships – Students learn how to recognize and nourish healthy relationships (and how to avoid negative relationships). Session Four C Stands for Change – Students wrestle with video clips and role plays to exercise the role of a HERO through empowerment to make a change in their school. Sessions Include: Each session involves exercises, activities, and deliberate reflection. Students are challenged to “dig deep” into themselves and overcome real and perceived pressures in order to do the right thing. Each session includes reflection time with journaling responses to thought-provoking prompts, and there is a pledge at the end of all of the sessions, describing what is expected of those who have been through the program.

    Program Length: Four 60-minute sessions
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • The Science of Addiction

    Schedule this program for: 10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade

    The Science of Addiction is designed for participants with an interest in health and science. The presentation addresses the body’s response when a psychoactive drug is introduced in the brain. At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to categorize drugs hallucinogens, stimulants, and depressants and explain the characteristics of each, identify the neurotransmitters impacted by the introduction of the psychoactive drugs and describe the symptoms of drug use based on the neurotransmitters involved. In addition, participants will understand the biological constructs of tolerance and withdrawal. The Science of Addiction is an interactive presentation involving discussion and interactive activities that reinforce healthy decision-making and refusal skills necessary for risky situations.

    Program Length: 60 – 75 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Understanding Opioids

    Schedule this program for: 10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade

    Participants will learn the types and effects of opioids (prescription pain medicine and heroin) on the brain and body, how opioids affect brain chemistry, safe use of prescription medication, and how to recognize an emergency and intervene on the behalf of their peers as well as stress management as a prevention technique. Participants will be able to identify risk factors for substance use and learn important protective factors for preventing use. Understanding Opioids is an interactive program with discussion and activities to engage youth.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Facts of Life

    Schedule this program for: 7th Grade

    Facts of Life addresses the facts of puberty and the male and female reproductive systems so participants can review the menstrual cycle, fertilization, and implantation. Students will discuss the effects of culture, media, and family values on decisions they make. Facts about Sexually transmitted infections (including HIV and HPV)) are introduced. Methods to prevent sexually transmitted infections are summarized. Facts about what sexual harassment is and learning strategies to being safe are also discussed. Interactive activities are utilized to reinforce program content.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Vaping 101

    Schedule this program for: 6th Grade7th Grade8th Grade9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade

    Vaping 101 educates participants on the latest research about the addictive nature of nicotine and how it impacts their growing brain and body. This program will cover important resources and skills to empower healthy decision making to navigate through substance use issues. Participants will be engaged in a group game format, videos and discussion.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Wellness Works

    Schedule this program for: 9th Grade10th Grade11th Grade12th Grade

    Wellness Works builds on participants’ knowledge of basic nutrition and physical activity. This program uses USDA guidelines to demonstrate how to plan healthy meal patterns. Participants will examine healthy eating habits that enhance good nutrition, analyze food labels, learn about normal growth during puberty, identify media and peer pressures that result in unhealthy weight control, and chronic diseases that can occur due to lack of physical activity or unhealthy eating habits.

    Program Length: 60 minutes
    Meets Essential Standards:

  • Wholesome Routines

    Schedule this program for: 3rd Grade4th Grade5th Grade

    Wholesome Routines is a comprehensive nutrition and physical activity education series. This program consists of 6 lessons with an overall goal of promoting healthy eating and physical activity. Through classroom lessons, games, skits and activities, participating students will learn to be healthy and fit...in a fun way! Lessons include developing healthy habits, reviewing MyPlate and nutrients, importance of physical activity and good hydration, learning to read food labels, and how to maintain a healthy body. This is a three-year series, which starts with third grade students and continues with them through fifth grade.

    Program Length: 6 sessions, 45 to 60 minutes each

  • Your Voice Matters

    Schedule this program for: Adults

    Your Voice Matters! empowers parents/guardians with the knowledge and skills to effectively communicate with their children about the changes that occur during adolescence. The presentation includes an overview of changes during puberty, as well as tips and tools for parents for creating and maintaining open lines of communication. Conversations about puberty can be challenging, but your voice is instrumental in making sure any confusing messages or misinformation from other sources isn't the only thing your kids hear.

    Program Length: 60 minutes

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

    Schedule this program for: Adults

    YMHFA is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help adolescents (ages 12-18) who are experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or are in crisis. YMHFA is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Learn more about this evidenced and research based program from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing.

    Program Length: 7-hour workshop

  • #YouthCulture

    Schedule this program for: Adults

    This program also offers a youth component to each session. Ask us about this! This program empowers parents and other youth serving adults by taking a look at the world surrounding our youth and how it impacts their perceptions and behavior. This session examines consequences and health effects of substance use including the impact on adolescent brain development and the increased risk for addiction. This session includes information on internet safety, sexting, healthy relationships, risk factors, and protective factors. A discussion on strategies to increase protective factors and to support youth to make healthy decisions. Participants will be equipped with tools and resources to support ongoing conversations with youth.

    Program Length Online: 75 minute workshop
    Program Length In-Person: 2 hour workshop