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We need information, not a lecture

Quality sex education includes information about sex, sexuality, relationships, contraception and condoms, and how to protect yourself and plan your future.  Sex education programs need to be informed by evidence as well as include all the information and skills young people need to make healthy decisions. Providing young people with the skills and tools to make healthy decisions about sex and relationships is far more effective than denying them information and simply telling them not to have sex.

Youth activists are working to ensure that all young people get honest sex education to help protect their health and future.


“I choose to fight for sex education so that people understand that sex ed isn’t a taboo, it’s a necessity. These are our bodies and we have the right to know about them so we can make informed decisions.”

– CLIFF, STUDENT ORGANIZER

Forty years of advocacy for sex education

Advocates for Youth works with young people, parents, educators, policy makers, health care providers, and youth serving professionals around the country and in the Global South to ensure young people get the sex education they need.


Rights, Respect, Responsibility: A K-12 Sexuality Education Curriculum

This K-12 comprehensive sex education curriculum is fully mapped to the National Sexuality Education Standards, covers all 16 topics deemed essential by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is LGBTQ-inclusive, trauma informed and culturally responsive. Training is not necessary to use the curriculum, but is available.

The Future of Sex Education

The Future of Sex Education Project (FoSE) began in July 2007 when staff from Advocates for Youth, Answer and SIECUS first met to discuss the future of sex education in the United States. In 2012 FoSE released the groundbreaking National Sexuality Education Standards.  FoSE continues to work create a national dialogue about the future of sex education and to promote the institutionalization of comprehensive sexuality education in public schools.

AMAZE

AMAZE is a partnership between Advocates, Answer and Youth Tech Health and harnesses the power of animation and social media to provide young people, ages 10-14, their parents and educators with an age-appropriate, sex education playlist. These short, engaging and often funny videos cover topics including puberty, relationships, consent, sexual orientation, gender identity, body image and much more. Adapted for use in south and east Africa and Latin America, South Korea and Hungary, these videos reach young people with inclusive, affirming and honest sex education regardless of where they live or what school they attend. For more information contact Ashley@advocateforyouth.org

Innovative Teacher Training

Advocates for Youth partners with East Carolina University to train professionals teaching sex education through use of an innovative, low cost virtual classroom and student avatars, called TeachLive. Educators are able to sign on from any internet-enabled device, select the skill they want to rehearse, watch a short video to review the skill essential to teaching sex education effectively and then practice that skill in the virtual classroom until they have mastered it. A coach is provided by Advocates for Youth to help educators understand in real time what they did well and how they can try to improve. Individual educators as well as whole school districts can avail themselves of the resource. Assistance creating a professional development plan is also available. For more information contact Nora@advocatesforyouth.org.

Working to Institutionalize Sex Education (WISE)

Through the course of the Working to Institutionalize Sex Education (WISE) Initiative, the "WISE Method," an iterative, dynamic approach to implementing sexual health education, emerged from the experience of the organizations participating in WISE (whom we call WISE Partners). Informal sharing of successes, resources and tools led to the creation of this toolkit, which documents the WISE Method and can be utilized by a larger community of practitioners. Advocates for Youth supports district specific work in Pennsylvania and Florida in an effort to scale the reach of the WISE Initiative outside of states served directly by WISE partners. Advocates for Youth also serves as the national technical assistance provider to the entirety of the WISE Initiative. In addition to technical assistance and training specific to all aspects of the WISE Method, Advocates for Youth facilitates the WISE learning community (online and in person) to ensure learning is shared across diverse geographies.

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