sex education

Sexting for good

Kids still have questions about sex that aren't getting answered in schools.

Sex education is a thorny subject for most school systems; only 13 states specify that the medical components of the programs must be accurate. Shrinking budgets and competing academic subjects have helped push it down as a curriculum priority. In reaction, some health organizations and school districts are developing Web sites and texting services as cost-effective ways to reach adolescents in the one classroom where absenteeism is never a problem: the Internet.

2011 Sex Education Film Festival

Teen Health Now and the Adolescent Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina are hosting the inangural 2011 Sex Ed Film Festival.  Our event was covered in Time Magazine Online! Check it out:

Comprehensive Sex Education Coming To NC, but Not Without Challenges

Crossposted on Amplify

September brings about the start of the 2010/2011 school year, and in North Carolina sexual health advocates are celebrating. The Healthy Youth Act (HB 88) goes into effect this year, effectively ending North Carolina’s decade long policy of abstinence-only sex education. This bill replaces abstinence-only sex education with a more comprehensive reproductive health and safety program that promotes abstinence as the best method for avoiding pregnancy and STI’s, but also teaches about contraception, safe sex, and healthy relationships. State Senator Ellie Kinnaird, one of the bills supporters, commented saying:

I am pleased that the NC Legislature was able to pass the Healthy Youth Act last session. However, it was not without great difficulty. Several religious groups and some Republican Senators objected to broadening the information available to students. But on the other side, we had many allies who worked the halls just as hard to make sure that students have accurate, complete information about sexual health.

Teen Health Now Event: Online Organizing and Advocacy Training for Youth!

Teen Health Now is a group of young people across the state of North Carolina working towards eliminating federally abstinence-only programs in NC, adopting a comprehensive sex education policy in the state's health curricula, and changing local policy to support comprehensive sex education in communities. We also work t o raise awareness for many other teen reproductive health issues. Part of our goal for this year is to train and mobilize other young people across the state.  We are doing this by hosting free trainings and events for young people! This spring Shelby Knox is coming to Chapel Hill, NC, to speak at a community forum about sex education.  We are also hosting a free, day long training on the topic of online organizing and advocacy at UNC Chapel Hill. This training is on Saturday, March 27 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Why is abstinence-only sex ed in the HCR bill?

Crossposted from Amplify

The Health Care debate is getting pretty messed up. Want proof?

Majority Leader Reid is using the health-care bill to restore funding for abstinence-only sex education programs that liberals (such as Mr. Reid himself) have spent the past three years trying to zero out. 
(via WJS)

 What! Senator Ried, WHY!   This is bad news. 

Lets do sex education RIGHT in North Carolina, aka don't listen to the NC Family Colicy council

Last June the Healthy Youth Act passed in North Carolina, finally ending 10 years of harmful abstinence-only sex education. The new bill is not perfect, but it says that schools must teach about abstinence and all FDA methods of birth control. This is a major step foreword for young people in NC, and hopefully we will see a decline in teen pregnancy rates after tens start receiving this comprehensive information. 

"Finally, sex education goes beyond abstinence"

From Amplify:
 I want to share this great article from Alex at UNC Asheville's The Blue Banner

"Sex education in North Carolina just legally changed for the better, but the economy might force that change to wait. The problem is that teenagers won’t wait, and the result is an economical and social disadvantage for women statewide.

From Birds and Bees to BrdsNBz-Sex Education by cellphone

 Since earlier this year, the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign of North Carolina (APPCNC) began providing an awesome service for teenagers called the BrdsNBz Text Message Warm Line.  BrdsNBz is a free service that allows teens in North Carolina to text a question about sex, sexual health, and relationships – receiving a response within 24 hours.  APPCNC’s overall goal for the BrdsNBz is summarized below:

Sex Education on CNN

Cross posted on Amplify
Last week CNN reporter Carol Costello came to Durham, NC to interview several North Carolina State Activists about a story about the Healthy Youth Act in North Carolina.

The story aired last Thursday on American Morning, and it is now Online:


Pissed off about Health Care Reform? Give money to Planned Parenthood.

Cross posted from Amplify

I think that Planned Parenthood is amazing, and they do a lot more then you might realize. Planned Parenthood combines health centers all over the country with amazing national and local advocacy and education. Planned Parenthood is running TV ads on Health Care, and running really great campaigns like this one where you can send a letter to your elected officials telling them not be let anti-choice activists hijack health care reform. The DC office attends White House meetings advocating for young people and advocating for choice and women’s rights and comprehensive sex education.

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