The UCLA Sex Squad is Here to Help

A group of young performers is changing the way teenagers think about sex, self-esteem, and HIV.

BY Neal Broverman

May 03 2012 6:32 PM ET

Getting high school students to pay attention to anything can be a challenge. But at a recent show put on by the UCLA Sex Squad, a performance troupe of college students from the University of California, Los Angeles, the audience of ninth-graders was interacting, reacting, and laughing—and amazingly, no one was busy texting.

Masturbation, orgasms, and loving your body aren’t typical topics of a high school assembly, but the Sex Squad tackles all these issues and more in their hilarious and innovative performances, which will soon reach high school students around the nation. A project of UCLA’s Art and Global Health Center, the Sex Squad was conceived in 2008 by David Gere, a UCLA arts and culture professor and the founder and director of the AGHC, and brother of actor Richard Gere.

“The first time we realized the possible power of using a performance by college students for high school students was when the Art and Global Health Center developed a project called Make Art Stop AIDS at [UCLA’s] Fowler Museum,” Gere told HIV Plus before a recent Sex Squad presentation. “As soon as we began working on that exhibition, we thought of ways to involve high school students.”

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