ADOLESCENT SEXUAL HEALTH:
SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION

It is critical to teach young people from early childhood through adolescence about healthy sexual development and provide them with the developmentally appropriate knowledge to support good decision-making.  Sexual health education is required in Rhode Island as part of an overall health curriculum, and our health educators should be given the professional development and tools to make them effective and
​confidenct in passing this knowledge on to adolescents. 

​Health education curriculum in Rhode Island must be aligned with both: 


Requirements for health education in Family Life & Sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and ​Teen
Dating Violence in Rhode Island are outlined in:

For a summary of the sexual health education portions of these documents, see:

  • The Future of Sex Education Initiative (FoSE)   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.  FoSE is a partnership among:  
    • Answer: Sex Ed, Honestly  Answer is a national organization that provides and promotes unfettered access to comprehensive sexuality education for young people and the adults who teach them.  They are dedicated to ensuring young people have the knowledge and skills they need to be happy, healthy and safe well into the future. This means they should be able to access age-appropriate and medically-accurate information about sexuality directly, and without interference.
    • Advocates for Youth  Since 1980, Advocates for Youth has worked with youth leaders to ensure that all young people’s rights are respected and that we have the tools we need to protect ourselves from STIs, HIV, and unintended pregnancy.
    • SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change   SIECUS: Sex Ed for Social Change has been a leader in advancing shame-free, science-based, and inclusive sex education as SIECUS for the past 55 years. 
  • National Coaltion of STD Directors  The National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) is a partnership of public health professionals dedicated to the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). NCSD provides dynamic leadership that strengthens STD programs by advocating for effective policies, strategies, and sufficient resources and by increasing awareness of their medical and social impact.