Advocates for Youth: Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth is dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates provides information, training, and strategic assistance about youth reproductive and sexual health to youth-serving organizations, policy makers, youth activists, parents and the media in the United States and in low- and middle-income countries. The organization also works to shift the current societal paradigm of adolescent sexuality away from a negative emphasis on fear and ignorance, towards one that embraces youth sexual development as healthy and normal, recognizes young people as assets, and acknowledges youth’s inalienable rights to sexual health information and services. For more information about Advocates for Youth, visit www.advocatesforyouth.org
Answer: Founded in 1981 as the Network for Family Life Education, Answer’s mission is to provide and promote comprehensive sexuality education to young people and the adults who teach them. Answer provides professional development opportunities for teachers and other youth-serving professionals through the Sexuality Education Training Initiative. In 1994, Answer began harnessing the power of peer-to-peer communication to offer sexuality education directly to teens through its national Teen-to-Teen Sexuality Education Project, which features the Sex, Etc. magazine and the award-winning sexetc.org Web site. To learn more about Answer, visit http://answer.rutgers.edu
SIECUS: Founded in 1964, SIECUS believes that sexuality is a fundamental part of being human, one that is worthy of dignity and respect. SIECUS provides information and training opportunities for educators, health professionals, parents, and communities across the country and advocates for sound public policies to ensure that people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds, receive high quality, comprehensive education about sexuality. To learn more about SIECUS visit www.siecus.org.
Danene Sorace, MPP: Ms. Sorace is the former director of Answer and served as founder and consultant to the Future of Sex Education project. The organizing partners would like to express our appreciation to Danene for her dedication and expertise on this project. Danene can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.