Mission: Delivering pelvic health information & insights to girls, queer and questioning kids & their grown-ups.
Objective: To prevent painful, costly & distressing pelvic health disorders by getting youths to the right care faster.
Even with all the resources available online and in school, our latest research suggests that tweens and teens feel the need to talk to their moms about the things that go on below the belt; that moms still want to connect with their kids about it; and that sometimes neither person knows what to say. We hope that by encouraging families to open-up with each other, and providing them with the tools to do so, we can minimize the costs of pelvic health disorders over time, many of which are preventable with education.
To Know is To Know will also be the driver of other exciting programs offered by Below your Belt, such as a sports-oriented curriculum based on Below Your Belt: How to be Queen of Your Pelvic Region. In the 2011 study generated by To Know is To Know, formerly known as Women’s Health Foundation, girls, especially those involved in sports, were already experiencing bladder leaks. Surprisingly, periods were also keeping these girls from participation, essentially sidelining them for a few days each month. The Below Your Belt curriculum will introduce anatomy, function, and ways to keep their pelvic region strong and functioning in a state of wellness.
Below Your Belt Conversations was co-developed by To Know is To Know and HEART Women and Girls with a generous grant from Chicago Foundation for Women and developed in 2015. A website for women and girls from culturally sensitive backgrounds, BYB Conversations addresses the Muslim community and also offers life-preserving sexual assault and safety education.
To Know is To Know will be busy in 2017 with presentations to the Robert Crown Center of Chicagoland, an organization offering sex education to 100,000 girls and boys each year. We are thrilled to be able to introduce pelvic health education to their trainers in conjunction with the Howard Brown Health Centers, an organization offering healthcare to underserved groups of individuals including LGBTQ youths.
Stay tuned for more exciting programming news from TKTK!