LeAnna Benn is co-founder of Teen-Aid, Inc. and National Director since 1981. Teen-Aid is considered one of the best, most comprehensive abstinence programs in the nation. LeAnna has many years experience as a consultant to parents and educators in implementing abstinence education. She has trained hundreds of public school teachers and counselors on how to use the Teen-Aid program.
The mother of six children, she was mother of the year in her home town of Spokane, WA. She has a BA in Social Sciences and Education from Whitworth College, and for two years she taught abstinence education to sex offenders who were incarcerated in the local juvenile jail. LeAnna has worked with pastors in churches and counseled with prostitutes on the street.
Mrs. Benn was a founder of National Association of Abstinence Educators, and was consultant on character education projects and several sex education books and programs including a sexuality program written for Concerned Women of America.
LeAnna directed two different 5 year research projects under a federal Department of Health and Human Services grant studying the effectiveness of Teen-Aid programs in reducing sexual activity. She was a grant reader during the Bush administrations and a consultant for Title XX during the Reagan administrations. In 2001, and 2004 she was awarded a grant from the 1996 Welfare Reform Act; Special Projects with Regional and National Significant, S.P.R.A.N.S then renamed Community Based Abstinence Education CBAE. Recipient in 2018 of a two year Title V Competitive Sexual Risk Avoidance Grant for Washington State.
Three time editor of the junior high family life program, Me, My World, My Future, LeAnna also directed the changes for Sexuality, Commitment and Family, a Teen-Aid high school program. She co edited the Parent Workshop with social worker, Nancy Piehl. HIV: You Can Live Without It, a 5th -12th grade AIDS education a curriculum which balances character and compassion with scientific information was written jointly with Alfred J. Derby, MD. In 1999 an upper elementary curriculum was co-authored with Dr. Derby Maturing in Body and Character. The latest curricula are: Say What You Mean; Mean What You Say, Economics of Family Formation, Life’s Questions, Getting Ready to Get Ready to Work and Free For Good, and The Alternative Life’s Questions.
A speaker at many national and state level conventions, Mrs. Benn is always well received. She was a speaker at the 1995 United Nations Conference on the Family. LeAnna has appeared on The 700 Club and makes frequent comments on Family News in Focus and many local talk shows nationally. She has debated Planned Parenthood and National Abortion Rights Action League representatives numerous times. You will find her engaging and well informed.
Whitworth College, B.A. – Social Sciences – 1976
Church – Successful Business Seminar- 1978
Planned Parenthood – Sexuality Counselor Training – 1981
Chamber of Commerce – John Lee – Time Management – 1981
Teen-Aid – Wilson Learning – Social Styles – 1986
Southern California Lutheran University – Study Skills – 1989
Investment Dynamics – Counselor Selling – 1989
Sacred Heart Hospital – Medical Institute for Sexual Health STD Seminar- 1995
Leadership Academy 2004-2001
Married & Loving It Trainer of Trainer 2007
Brain Development 2009 – Amen Clinic Cont. Education
Divorce Buster Training – 2008
Manipulation Identification – 2010 Audit CEU
Ascend Sexual Risk Avoidance Specialist Certification 2018