Tiffany Larson has served as the Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP) Coordinator for the Bee Inspired CAPP Program through Building Families since 2008. The Bee Inspired Program is one of the CAPP Grantees in the state of Iowa, overseen by Prevent Child Abuse Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services in 2005. Her current position allows her to work with local youth aged 12-19, parents and caregivers, school districts, businesses, providers, faith organizations, and other community groups in Franklin, Hamilton, and Wright Counties. Over the years programming was also offered in Humboldt and parts of Hancock and Cerro Gordo counties.
Ms. Larson has been active in providing a variety of age-appropriate, medically accurate, evidence-based/informed, and comprehensive services and supports to help reduce the rates of sexually transmitted diseases/infections (STDs/STIs), adolescent pregnancy, and additional pregnancies to teen parents.
In 2015, she completed the Certified Sexual Health Educator (C-SHE) program through the Sex Ed Academy at EyesOpenIowa, a state-wide adolescent sexual health agency. She successfully re-certified in 2020. By taking part, the Coordinator has enriched her skills and knowledge to implement comprehensive sexual health to adolescents, provide programs and strategies to a wide-range of audiences, and continue to empower ALL youth to make healthy informed decisions through education and community awareness. The C-SHE program is an intense training program offered to professionals in Iowa. The Program aligns with the National Preparation Standards for Sexual Health created by Future of Sex Education Initiative (FoSE). By becoming certified, C-SHE’s will:
- Demonstrate professionalism, knowledge, and comfort when teaching sexual health education.
- Promote respect for individuals, families and cultures when teaching sexual health education.
- Provide education in a manner that is age-appropriate, medically accurate, and factual.
- Establish a basic set of ethical practices.
- Promote delivery of material that is age-and developmentally appropriate that aligns with the Iowa Human Growth and Development Mandate.
- Implement a variety of teaching strategies when teaching sexual health education.
- Acquire skills to self-assess and self-evaluate students’ knowledge to better improve sexual health education.
During the last few years, Ms. Larson has been elected as a Webster City Area Chamber Board member and Rotary After Hours Charter Member and Chairperson. She was presented the 2014 Service Key Award by the Iowa State University Alumni Association Club of Hamilton County, received the 2014 Community Champion for Youth Award by the Webster City Rotary Club, and was nominated for an Iowa Character Counts Award in 2020. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, volunteering in the community and for various causes, cheering on the ISU Cyclones, and spoiling her nephew rotten!