Advocates for Youth
Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.
The core values of Rights. Respect. Responsibility.® (3Rs) animate this vision:
RIGHTS: Youth have the right to accurate and complete sexual health information, confidential reproductive and sexual health services, and a secure stake in the future.
RESPECT: Youth deserve respect. Valuing young people means involving them in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies that affect their health and well-being.
RESPONSIBILITY: Society has the responsibility to provide young people with the tools they need to safeguard their sexual health, and young people have the responsibility to protect themselves from too-early childbearing and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.
Planned Parenthood is one of the most respected and comprehensive resources for Sex Ed materials.
Sex education is high quality teaching and learning about a broad variety of topics related to sex and sexuality, exploring values and beliefs about those topics and gaining the skills that are needed to navigate relationships and manage one’s own sexual health. Sex education may take place in schools, in community settings, or online. Planned Parenthood believes that parents play a critical and central role in providing sex education
You can find a wealth of resources visiting the Planned Parenthood site. We have also included some of their recommended supplemental resources below.
Specific for Parents:
- Resources and books for parents and children can be found here.
- Tips for talking to children of all ages, broken down by age group can be found here.
- Need more help? Planned Parenthood educators are available to talk with parents at your parent-teacher association (PTA), church, temple and more.
The Future of Sex Education Initiative (FoSE) was launched as a partnership between Advocates for Youth, Answer, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) to create a national dialogue about the future of sex education and to promote comprehensive sexuality education in public schools.
The Future of Sex Education Initiative (FoSE) seeks to create a national dialogue about the future of sex education and to promote the institutionalization of comprehensive sexuality education in public schools. They have developed the first-ever National Sexuality Education Standards, National Teacher Preparation Standards and many additional toolkits and materials to strengthen comprehensive sexuality education implementation and professional development.
Download their helpful toolkit, “A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Sex Ed In Your School.”
We were honored to do our part to spread the word about FoSE’s #WhySexEd campaign.
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education was developed by a national task force of experts in the field of adolescent development, health care, and education. They provide a framework of the key concepts, topics, and messages that all sexuality education programs would ideally include.
My personal interest in promoting age appropriate sex ed for kids can be traced back to a talk at my daughter’s preschool over ten years ago. The speaker was Amy Lang, and her message has stuck with me all of these years and would be valuable for parents of kids of all ages. Learn more about her here.
And if all this information about having ‘the talk’ with your child is stressing you out, here’s a little comic relief….my story about using Amy Lang’s tips when having the talk with my own daughter. I didn’t say it’s always easy, but it is important.
Answer provides high-quality training to teachers and other youth-serving professionals.
Bedsider is an online birth control support network for women 18-29 operated by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.
ETR offers science-based health and education products and programs for health professionals, educators and consumers throughout the United States.
The Guttmacher Institute
The Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally through high-quality research, evidence-based advocacy, and strategic communications.
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
GLSEN works to ensure that every student, in every school, is valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power and Potential
GCAPP works to improve the overall health and wellbeing of young people in Georgia to ensure a more powerful future for us all.
MTV’s It’s Your Sex Life
MTV’s It’s Your Sex Life is a public information campaign to support young people in making responsible decisions about their sexual health.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy
The mission of the National Campaign is to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families by preventing teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy.
The Office of Adolescent Health Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
The OAH TPP Program is a national, evidence-based program that funds diverse organizations that are working to prevent teen pregnancy across the United States.
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) provides education and information about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health. SIECUS advocates for the right of all people to accurate information, comprehensive education about sexuality, and sexual health services.