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Fact Sheet: The National Coalition to Support Sexuality Education (NCSSE)

February 2001

The National Coalition to Support Sexuality Education consists of over 120 national non-profit organizations which are role models in promoting health, education, and social concerns for the American youth. Coalition members are committed to the mission of assuring that comprehensive sexuality education is provided for all children and youth in the United States.

These organizations represent a broad constituency of child development specialists, educators, health care professionals, parents, physicians, religious leaders, and social workers whose combined work reaches more than 30 million young people.

The Coalition's goals are to:

  • Advocate for sexuality education policies and programs at the national and state level;


  • Develop strategies for implementing sexuality education initiatives at the local, state and national level;

  • Assist national organizations concerned with youth to establish policies and programs on sexuality education;

  • Provide an opportunity for networking, resource sharing, and collaborating among national organizations supporting sexuality education;

  • Develop strategies to address the activities of those who oppose providing children with comprehensive sexuality education;

  • Host seminars on key issues in sexuality education;

  • Identify the latest research, data analysis, and program evaluation materials in the field of sexuality education; and

  • Strive to improve the cultural competency of materials and messages within the field of sexuality education.

Sexuality education is a lifelong process of acquiring information and forming attitudes, beliefs, and values about identity, relationships, and intimacy. It encompasses sexual development, reproductive health, interpersonal relationships, affection, intimacy, body image, and gender roles.

Sexuality education seeks to assist children in understanding a positive view of sexuality, provide them with information and skills about taking care of their sexual health, and help them acquire skills to make decisions now and in the future.

Comprehensive school-based sexuality education underscores and supplements the role of parents in the sexuality education of their children and reinforces the notion that responsibility and obligation for sexuality education are shared on a community-wide basis.

For more information about the National Coalition to Support Sexuality Education
Contact: Public Policy Office
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)
1706 "R" Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202/265-2405 Fax: 202/462-2340
Web site in the: Public Policy area.

Coalition Members

The Coalition's breadth reflects the widespread public support for sexuality education for the nation's youth. If your national organization is interested in joining, please contact SIECUS.

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This article was provided by Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States. It is a part of the publication SIECUS Report.
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