California Healthy Youth Act
Enacted January 1, 2016, the California Healthy Youth Act integrates the instruction of comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education. This bill requires school districts to ensure that all students in grades 7-12 receive comprehensive sexual health education and HIV prevention education.
The California Healthy Youth Act has five primary purposes:
- To provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect their sexual and reproductive health from HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and from unintended pregnancy;
- To provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to develop healthy attitudes concerning adolescent growth and development, body image, gender, sexual orientation, relationships, marriage, and family;
- To promote understanding of sexuality as a normal part of human development;
- To ensure students receive integrated, comprehensive, accurate, and unbiased sexual health and HIV prevention instruction and provide educators with clear tools and guidance to accomplish that end; and
- To provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to have healthy, positive, and safe relationships and behaviors.
For more information on the California Healthy Youth Act and California Education Code Sections 51930-51939, please visit the California Department of Education or the California Legislative Information Web page.
For more information about the curriculum, please visit Positive Prevention Plus Resources for Parents.