Ending Period Stigmas
Changing social norms and behaviors to ensure every child’s access to knowledge and information about menstruation. Every child should know what a period is and how the cycle works in order to feel normal and secure in their own body.
Providing Leadership Education for
Girls and Young Women
A girl’s self-confidence peaks at around age 9 and steadily declines from that point forward, especially in the pre-teen and early teen years.
Girls are far less likely than boys of a similar age, to describe themselves as leaders or having the skills necessary to be a leader.
Focus on teaching, enhancing, and reinforcing leadership skills and traits in girls beginning at age 9 (or before) is necessary to promote self-confidence and develop a new generation of leaders in our society.
Comprehensive Sex Education
Quality sexual health education provides students with the knowledge and skills to help them be healthy and avoid human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), sexually transmitted diseases (STD), and unintended pregnancy. A quality curriculum includes medically accurate, developmentally appropriate, and culturally relevant content and skills that target key behavioral outcomes and promote healthy sexual development. The curriculum is age-appropriate and planned across grade levels to provide information about health risk behaviors and experiences. Sexual health education should be consistent with scientific research and best practices; reflect the diversity of student experiences and identities; and align with school, family, and community priorities.
Students who participate in these programs are more likely to:
- Delay initiation of sexual intercourse
- Have fewer sex partners
- Have fewer experiences of unprotected sex
- Increase their use of protection, specifically condoms
- Improve their academic performance