UCLA Sex Squad Spring 2017 Movie
The Sex Squad began when a group of UCLA students and staff were inspired by South African artist and AIDS activist Pieter-Dirk Uys to harness humor and personal storytelling in order to transform sexual health education for a new generation.
(Above left: Make Art/Stop AIDS, Art & Global Health Center-Africa)
(Above right: UCLA Sex Squad performing at a LAUSD High School)
Led by Sex Squad Founder Bobby Gordon, a group of committed artist-activists created funny, educational skits concerning STI and HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment, consent, teen pregnancy, self-love and more. They partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) HIV/AIDS Prevention unit and toured LAUSD high schools to share their spoken word, dance, and theater pieces with relatable, entertaining educational messages, and…
…it worked. And thus, the Sex Squad movement was born...
UCLA Sex Squad Today
Over the last seven years the UCLA Sex Squad has grown to an annual 3-course series and community engagement program serving tens of thousands of teens in Los Angeles. Inspired by the success of the UCLA program, over the last several years Sex Squads launched in new locations: allowing new voices to take humorous and honest approaches to otherwise taboo topics.
(Above right and left: Fall 2016 UCLA Sex Squad)
Now, thousands of students in Los Angeles, North Carolina, and South Africa are receiving the benefits of the transformational Sex Squad educational process. With the help of the UCLA Art & Global Health Center, high school students at 5 partner sites have created their own Sex Squads to address issues of health and social justice on their campuses. But there are so many more to reach!
We want to reach each and every student in Los Angeles with our live programs! We know from our research that after watching our show, sexually active students were four times more likely to get tested for HIV, but we just can’t make it to every school.
So we’re making a new movie and digital platform featuring the UCLA and High School Sex Squads!
If we provided a free-of-cost film and digital toolkit for health teachers, community health educators and students, more than 60,000 9th graders in Los Angeles could engage with the Sex Squad’s innovative content. Last year Governor Jerry Brown signed the CA Healthy Youth Act into existence: making comprehensive sexual health education mandatory for students grade 7 through 12. Our digital toolkit could help provide these teachers with innovative arts-based content to create educational, relatable, and brave spaces in their classrooms.
(Above left: A still of The Most Protected Man from "Bringing Safe Sexy Back")
(Above right: Taft Sex Squad performing at the 2016 High School Sex Squad Festival)
Using the artistic and educational expertise from the UCLA Art & Global Health Center, we intend to create a NEW Sex Squad film! Building off of the success of the 2013 UCLA Sex Squad film, "Bringing Safe Sexy Back," and the 2015 “Come As You Are,” we will conduct a Spring 2017 course at UCLA where students, educators, professional filmmakers and artists will come together to create a resource that has the potential of exponential reach! Plus, we are making this movie the most inclusive yet: featuring the work of High School Sex Squads and Sex-Ed Squads at Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, and (coming soon) North Carolina Central University!
We Need YOU
Fund the UCLA Sex Squad film today!
We have 30 days to raise $10,000 to support the UCLA Sex Squad’s arts-activist work in our Los Angeles community and beyond. Your help can provide this vital resource to the greater Los Angeles community and beyond. Plus, your gift will go twice as far!
Our amazing supporters, The David and Linda Shaheen Foundation, have made a challenge gift commitment to match each and every dollar contributed to this campaign up to $10,000! If we raise $10,000 through this SPARK campaign, we will receive $20,000!
With $20,000 we will reach our full movie budget and be able to create a new digital platform. We will hire curriculum writers and a web designer to make this digital content the most accessible, usable, and sexy sexual health resource on the web!
Please Give and Share
Please consider a tax-deductible gift to our UCLA Spark campaign. Every gift of any size matters (because Sex Squad is very inclusive)!
In order to meet our goal, we need to spread the word far and wide. Please share our project with friends and family on Twitter and Facebook. It’s the UCLA Art & Global Health Center’s 10 year anniversary this year so we’re celebrating it with an ask for $10,000 dollars for arts-activism: and we'll be trending with the hashtags #10for10 in honor of this landmark year as well as #SparkSexSquad and #SquadGoals (because don’t we all need a little more Sex Squad in our lives?).
Thank you so much for your gift and your support of the UCLA and High School Sex Squads!