What is Sex Education?
Sex education helps people gain the information, skills
and motivation to make healthy decisions about sex and
sexuality. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest
provider of sex education, reaching 1.5 million people a
Facts About Comprehensive Sex
Sex education is high quality teaching and learning about
a broad variety of topics related to sex and sexuality,
exploring values and beliefs about those topics and
gaining the skills that are needed to navigate
relationships and manage one’s own sexual health. Sex
education may take place in schools, in community
settings, or online. Planned Parenthood believes that
parents play a critical and central role in providing sex
Comprehensive sexuality education refers to K-12
programs that cover a broad range of topics related to:
Human Development (including reproduction,
puberty, sexual orientation, and gender identity)
Relationships (including families, friendships,
romantic relationships and dating)
Personal Skills (including communication,
negotiation, and decision-making)
Sexual Behavior (including abstinence and sexuality
Sexual Health (including sexually transmitted
diseases, contraception, and pregnancy)
Society and Culture (including gender roles,
diversity, and sexuality in the media)
Several important resources exist to guide
comprehensive sexuality education implementation,
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of
the United States (SIECUS)
was developed by a national task force of experts in
the field of adolescent development, health care, and
education. They provide a framework of the key
concepts, topics, and messages that all sexuality
education programs would ideally include.
The Future of Sex Education Initiative (FoSE) seeks
to create a national dialogue about the future of sex
education and to promote the institutionalization of
comprehensive sexuality education in public schools.
They have developed the first-ever
many additional toolkits and materials to strengthen
comprehensive sexuality education implementation
and professional development.
What Role Does Planned
Parenthood Play In Sex Education?
Planned Parenthood education staff reach 1.5 million
individuals each year, and 64% of those individuals are
middle school and high school aged youth.
Planned Parenthood education departments provide a
robust range of programming options, including:
Evidence-Based education programs for young
people, adults and priority populations
Peer Education Programs
Promotores Programs and other community-driven,
culturally relevant health education programs.
Parent/Family Education Programs
LGBTQ-focused Programs for LGBTQ youth and their
Training of Professionals, including educators and
school-staff, community-based organization staff,
and faith-based leaders.
Outreach and Single Session Workshops
Sex Education Resources
The best sex education resource is your local Planned
Parenthood education department!
There are also many other resources available to inform
and guide sex education programs and policies:
Advocates for Youth partners with youth leaders, adult
allies, and youth-serving organizations to advocate for
policies and champion programs that recognize young
people’s rights to honest sexual health information and
accessible, confidential, and affordable sexual health
Answer provides high-quality training to teachers and
other youth-serving professionals.
Bedsider is an online birth control support network for
women 18-29 operated by
ETR offers science-based health and education products
and programs for health professionals, educators and
consumers throughout the United States.
The Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and
policy organization committed to advancing sexual and
reproductive health and rights in the United States and
globally through high-quality research, evidence-based
advocacy, and strategic communications.
The Future of Sex Education Initiative (FoSE) was
launched as a partnership between Advocates for Youth,
Answer, and the Sexuality Information and Education
Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) to create a national
dialogue about the future of sex education and to
promote comprehensive sexuality education in public
GLSEN works to ensure that every student, in every
school, is valued and treated with respect, regardless of
their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender
GCAPP works to improve the overall health and
wellbeing of young people in Georgia to ensure a more
powerful future for us all.
MTV’s It’s Your Sex Life is a public information campaign
to support young people in making responsible decisions
about their sexual health.
The mission of the National Campaign is to improve the
lives and future prospects of children and families by
preventing teen pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy.
The OAH TPP Program is a national, evidence-based
program that funds diverse organizations that are working
to prevent teen pregnancy across the United States.
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the
United States (SIECUS) provides education and
information about sexuality and sexual and reproductive
health. SIECUS advocates for the right of all people to
accurate information, comprehensive education about
sexuality, and sexual health services.
What is Sex Education?