What is FoSE

TThe Future of Sex Education Initiative (FoSE) was launched in July 2007 as a partnership between Advocates for Youth, Answer, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) that seeks to:

to create a national dialogue about the future of sex education and to promote the institutionalization of comprehensive sexuality education in public schools.

Since its inception, the FoSE partners have successfully completed numerous projects to advance the collective effort of improving sexuality education in U.S. schools including:

  • Developing and disseminating the first-ever National Sexuality Education Standards, K–12 which are being used in 32 states. Initially released in a special report of the Journal of School Health in January 2012, a series of Webinars, conference presentations, and technical assistance supported their initial adoption and implementation.

  • Developing the National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education and corresponding article “Improving Sexuality Education: The Development of Teacher Preparation Standards” published in the Journal of School Health in June 2014.

  • Grant-making to 21 institutions of higher education in 15 states to implement the National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education.

  • Releasing numerous other tools including to support the implementation of the National Sexuality Education Standards and National Teacher Preparation Standards for Sexuality Education as well as the FoSE Tool kit, designed to assist state and local organizations to convene a FoSE-like strategic planning summit in their communities; a Public Education Primer, School Health Primer, a Glossary of Education Terms, and Addressing Sexual Health in Schools: Policy Considerations.

  • Commissioning the development and publication of “Broadening the Evidence for Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Education in the U.S.” in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence, which provided an expanded view of the evidence for sexuality education including research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, gender, and economic inequalities and health.

  • Successfully influencing the Office of Adolescent Health to adopt language reflective of research commissioned by FoSE partners (see above), particularly that teen pregnancy prevention initiatives must provide young people with sequential, age-appropriate evidence-based programs at multiple times and language emphasizing the importance of addressing cultural norms, gender equity, economic and educational opportunities, and healthy relationships.

  • Informing and shaping the new direction and focus of DASH-funded activity, which now includes an emphasis on sex education.

  • Completing a second Future of Sex Education Strategic Plan, 2016-2021.