Students for Comprehensive Sexuality Education

New Reports

2017 Community Assessment Report | Executive Summary

On October 13th, 2017, the Collaborative for Comprehensive School Age Health and the Central Ohio Coalition for Sexual Health invited organizations engaged in implementing comprehensive sex education across the state of Ohio to come together to share their work and experiences. This report is the result of that one-day community discussion and assessment, called the State of Sex Ed.

Cuyahoga County teens share conversations about their sexual health education experiences

August 13, 2018
We wanted to know: when young people receive sex education; what they learned from sex education in their schools; what they wanted more/less of from sex education in their schools; where/who they go to for information; and what they wanted from the trusted adults in their lives. Read article

What are Cuyahoga County teens saying about sex?
Community conversation lessons, themes and evidence

August 13, 2018
The themes here are based on the thoughts, feelings, and ideas that were expressed by students. Each theme represents a collective concept or lesson and is supported by quotes recorded by staff during each of the conversations.

SIECUS State Profiles

A Portrait of Sexuality Education, FY 2016 Edition

The SIECUS State Profiles include individual profiles of adolescent sexual health promotion programs and abstinence-only-until-marriage federal funding and programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the other U.S. Territories.

FY 2016 High (and Low) Lights:

  • Years of dedicated federal funding for comprehensive sexuality education: 0. 
  • Years of continued dedicated federal funding for abstinence-only programs: 34.
  • $1.96 billion in federal funds spent since 1982 on abstinence-only programs that intentionally withhold life-affirming and lifesaving information.
  • Federal funding for abstinence-only programs increased by 55% to $85 million.
  • The average Title V AOUM state-grant award increased by 30% to the average award amount of $1.6 million compared to the average state-grant award during the same period the prior year.
  • Federal funding for evidence-based or -informed, medically accurate, and age-appropriate programs was awarded in all but one of the 59 states and territories.

The SIECUS State Profiles also include a federal funding overview, program summaries, and our state policy table. Review your state’s profile to learn more about:

  • Laws and policies related to sexuality education; 
  • Adolescent sexual health and behaviors data; and 
  • State-by-state information on the recipients of federal funding and how it is being used in communities across the country.

Resources for Advocates

Answer (formerly the Network for Family Life Education), provides resources, advocacy tips and training to promote comprehensive sexual health education for young people and the adults in their lives.

SIECUS has assembled a Community Action Tool Kit to help students and other community members advocate for comprehensive sexual health education.

Advocates for Youth is a group dedicated to helping young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. The group provides training services and assistance to advocates, organizations and policy makers to further this mission.

Amplify Your Voice is a website and blog for sexual health youth activists and is affiliated with Advocates for Youth. The site also contains a resource page with frequently asked questions, hotline information and ways to connect with peer educators.

Healthy Teen Network is focused on adolescent health with an emphasis on teen pregnancy prevention, teen pregnancy, and teen parenting.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy supports policies that will increase the use of contraception among teens having sex. The campaign also aims to provide education to teens, parents, and young adults in their 20s.

Resources for Educators

SIECUS's SexEdLibrary provides access to lesson plans covering virtually every topic related to sexuality, background information on topics vital to all sexual health educators, and notices of training opportunities for educators and health professionals.

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) helps health educators stay up to date on advances in health education theory and research, excellence in health education practice, and the promotion of public policies conducive to health.

Advocates for Youth also maintains a sex-ed resource page for teachers and education professionals, which offers lesson plans and assistance with implementing sexual health campaigns.

The Guttmacher Institute advances sexual and reproductive health and rights through research, policy analysis and public education. The site provides a wealth of data and research findings as well as information for specific states.

Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (ReCAPP) provides practical tools and information for educators to help teens reduce sexual risk-taking behaviors.

National Sexuality Education Standards were developed to address the inconsistent implementation of sexuality education nationwide and the limited time allocated to teaching the topic.

Resources for Parents

Advocates for Youth Parents' Sex Ed Center provides support for parents who are beginning discussions about sexual health with their children. The site also offers assistance for parents who wish to advocate for comprehensive sexual health education in their child's school.

Sex Education HQ was created by a physician and a parent to help parents discuss sexual health with their children.

"Talking with Kids: A Parent's Guide to Sex Education" is a booklet that was created in 2002 by the Kaiser Family Foundation and National PTA to increase parent involvement and communication around sex education. Download the booklet here.

The Mayo Clinic maintains a resource page for tips for parents when talking to their kids about sex.

Planned Parenthood presents advice for parents about how to begin the discussion about sexual health with their kids.

The California Family Health Council's website Talk With Your Kids encourages parents to begin the discussion and gives them tip on how to do it.

"There's No Place Like Home…for Sex Education" is a downloadable book written by Mary Gossart, Vice President of Education and Training at Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon. It provides advice, strategies and guidance for parents.