Our Message

Asitia (ah-suh-tee’-uh) is a Greek word with an all–American message.
It means choosing not to have sex before marriage.

Think you can't wait? Sure you can! Think of it this way: it is the only way you can fully protect yourself against emotional and physical problems that result from premarital sexual activity - including prenancy and STDs.

Asitia is a multi-day curriculum that promotes sexual risk avoidance as the way to prevent teen pregnancy, STDs and HIV; and encourages optimal health.  The program encourages a balance of physical, emotional, social, and intellectual health.  We understand that the subject matter is sensitive and every effort is made to present the subject on grade-appropriate levels.  Volunteers from Portico, who have been trained as Asitia educators, go into middle and high schools presenting lessons that ultimately empower youth to identify healthy and unhealthy relationships, understand consequences of sexual activity (including pregnancy and STDs), set goals, make wise decisions, and build character.

We want to encourage a new generation of young people to make wise choices, to have healthy relationships, and to avoid STDs and unplanned pregnancies

— Portico —


The Curriculum

Trained and knowledgeable volunteers present a fact-based,
SRA program to students

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of rumors and misinformation
surrounding sex and abstinence
but we always want you to know the truth

Casual sexual encounters, such as “hook-ups,” can have unexpected consequences beyond the usual ones of exposure to sexually transmitted infections and possible pregnancy. Normal bonding responses in the brain can be damaged with continued casual sexual encounters, as the brain “molds” to the behavior of repeated “hook-ups” and “break-ups”.
– Medical Institute for Sexual Health
86% of young adults say it’s important for young teens to know that “it’s okay to be a virgin when you graduate from high school.”
– Medical Institute for Sexual Health
The most reliable way to avoid (STD) infection is to not have sex (i.e., anal, vaginal or oral sex).
– Centers for Disease Control
You may think EVERYONE is doing it, but they’re not! Over 50% of youth have not had sex. That does mean, though, that as a whole, over 50% of 15 to 19 year olds have been involved in sexual intercourse (i.e., anal, vaginal or oral sex).
– Centers for Disease Control
92% of the girls we’ve worked with who had a positive pregnancy test WERE using some form of contraception.
– Portico
Frequently asked questions about sex and abstinence

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Parental Guidance





We, at Asitia, believe that parents play the most important role in giving information to their child about sex because they are the ones who care the most about their child.  When adolescents have a good relationship with their parents, they are more likely to remain abstinent or delay the onset of a sexual relationship.  You are encouraged to have “the talk” as ongoing conversations over a period of many years.  This subject is too important to be restricted to a single conversation.  BELIEVE that your teenagers can wait…and ENCOURAGE them to!

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

— George Orwell —

Our Story

We are a part of Portico

Asitia is an education program of Portico. Those at Portico believe that everyone has value and purpose and that the best way to live it out is to get to know individuals through sharing life stories on the front porch…and a portico is a porch.  Our stories shape who we are and who we are becoming. Asitia connects with young people empowering them to make life decisions that help their story.

Visit porticostory.org for more information on Portico’s story

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