Advocates for Youth (AY), is an organization based out of Washington D.C. which “champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health.”
AY Believes 3 things:
1. Youth have the right to accurate and complete sexual health information, confidential reproductive and sexual health services, and a secure stake in the future.
2. Youth deserve respect. Valuing young people means involving them in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies that affect their health and well-being.
3. Society has the responsibility to provide young people with the tools they need to safeguard their sexual health and youth have the responsibility to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections including HIV.
Cultural competence is so important in regard to sexual education. The AIDs epidemic, “has highlighted the critical need for understanding cultural differences because HIV/AIDS prevention education demands frank discussion of sexuality—a sensitive subject in many communities and for many people. Understanding cultural beliefs about a range of sexual issues is critical to providing effective HIV/AIDS prevention education (AY, Youth Leader’s Guide to Building Cultural Competence).
AY has created A Youth Leader’s Guide to Building Cultural Competence, for educators to help build the attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary to reach all groups of young people including African American, Latino, Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual teens.