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Y-SENSE: Youth Sexual health Education
National Standards of Excellence

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The Youth Sexual health Education National Standards of Excellence (Y-SENSE) program has been developed to build the capacity of CDC DASH-funded state and local education agencies, their health agency partners and juvenile justice and correctional centers, alternative schools, and shelters for homeless and runaway youth in high incidence areas.  The program will develop local coalitions to ensure effective sexual health promotion policies, including LGBT inclusive policies and programs in these settings. The program will ultimately: 

  • Increase the number of alternative schools that teach youth about key sexual health promotion topics;
  • Increase the number of correctional centers, alternative schools, and shelters that implement interventions with evidence of effectiveness in preventing sexual risk behaviors, HIV, other STD, and teen pregnancy;
  • Increase the number of correctional centers, alternative schools, and shelters that facilitate access for youth to sexual and reproductive health care, including HIV and STD testing and counseling, and contraceptives; and,
  • Increase the number of correctional centers, alternative schools, and shelters that facilitate access to health, social, and psychological services for youth.

 

For more information on Y-SENSE please contact Michelle Scavnicky, Director of Education, at MScavnicky@theaidsinstitute.org.

 

Y-SENSE is funded by a cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health, cooperative agreement #1U58DP003243-01.