What is FoSE

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.  At the time, each organization was looking ahead to the possibility of a future without federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funding and simultaneously found themselves exploring the question of how best to advance comprehensive sexuality education in schools.  In May of 2008, Advocates, Answer and SIECUS formalized these discussions with funding from the Ford, George Gund and Grove Foundations, and the FoSE Project was launched.

The purpose of the project is:

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

Public schools were specifically chosen because they are venues through which most young people can be reached.

Since the launch of the project, the organizing partners have:

  • Interviewed hundreds of experts in the fields of sex education, health education and general education, as well as public health, policy and research.

  • Held a two-day meeting in December 2008 to begin crafting a strategic framework to advance sex education through policy and implementation efforts.

  • Circulated a discussion document designed to raise dialogue about the future of sex education in the United States; released 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 (coming soon), a Glossary of Education Terms, and The Future of Sex Education: A Strategic Framework (Executive Summary).