Curriculum Review: California Healthy Youth Act

In June of 2016 a group of eight reviewers were recruited via the Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group (ASHWG) to form an ad-hoc ASHWG sub-committee charged with reviewing a subset of comprehensive sexual health education curricula for alignment and compliance with the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA). The group formed in response to extensive requests across California for guidance on which curricula meet the requirements of the new law (which went into effect on January 1, 2016). The goals of this review were to: (1) provide school district staff, teachers, and community education providers with information about a number of widely available curricula in order to inform local processes for curriculum selection; and (2) provide curriculum publishers and authors input from an outside review group on the alignment of their materials with the CHYA. The reports are listed below and links to the publisher responses are provided when available.

These reviews should not replace local reviews by educators. These reviews do not reflect any endorsement from the agencies participating in the review process, including but not limited to the California Department of Education (CDE).

Positive Youth Development Tool Kit

Positive Youth Development (PYD) is a strengths-based, holistic approach to working with youth to promote healthy development and outcomes.

School Health Profiles Survey: Health Services (Infographic)

View highlights from the 2014 School Health Profiles Survey including the health services available to California students

Youth Risk Behavior Survey (Infographic)

View highlights from the 2015 survey of California high school students’ reported sexual health behaviors

Core Competencies and Data Collaboration for Service Integration:

California Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group, STD, HIV/AIDS, and Adolescent Birth Rate Tables

School Health Profiles Survey: STD/HIV Prevention Policies (Infographic)

View highlights from the 2014 School Health Profiles Survey including the policies and practices of California schools in teaching sexual health education

Collaboration Brings Unanticipated Benefits

ASHWG PowerPoint presentation from the 2008 AMCHP Annual Conference

Core Competencies

Download the “Core Competencies for Providers of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs/Services” manual and companion pieces.

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