The Center for Sex Education is so excited to announce that Mary Jo Podgurski is the winner of the 2023 National Sex Ed Conference Golden Brick Award!

Dr. Mary Jo Podgurski is a RN, educator, counselor, author, and speaker. Her best job is Nonnie (grandma). She began serving teen parents as a volunteer in the 1970s and founded The Washington Health System Teen Outreach and the Academy for Adolescent Health in 1988. She and her staff have presented sexuality education to over 300,000 young people and mentored over 15,000 young parents. The Common Ground Teen Center is a teen-run and teen-directed safe space Dr. Mary Jo opened in 2008. She is the author of 38 books, including The Nonnie Series, and she believes #EachPersonIsAPersonOfWorthTM.