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Acknowledgements FY 09


For the seventh consecutive year, SIECUS is pleased to provide our SIECUS State Profiles. The Fiscal Year 2009 Edition undertakes the enormous task of a creating a portrait of comprehensive sexuality education and abstinence-only-until-marriage programs happening across the country. For the first time, this year’s edition identifies examples of model programs, policies, and best practices being implemented in public schools across the country that provide more comprehensive approaches to sex education for young people. In addition, these profiles continue our tradition of “following the money,” documenting all federal abstinence-only-until-marriage dollars doled out fueling these failed and ideologically driven programs. The profiles provide an unparalleled amount of information that is broken out by individual state. This year’s edition includes all 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as profiles on Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and one covering the outer U.S. territories.
Since the first publication of the SIECUS State Profiles, it has become the premiere tool for informed and empowered advocacy efforts that are carried out across the country. The profiles are used by national, state, and community advocates; by parents, faith communities, policymakers and their staff; and by media outlets across the country. Most importantly, SIECUS State Profiles are being used to set the record straight on what is being taught across the country, paving a way forward for more comprehensives approaches to sex education and providing information on how abstinence-only-until-marriage programs have fundamentally changed what our young people are—and are not—learning.
The current edition is the product of the diligence and tirelessness of Morgan Marshall, SIECUS’ state policy associate, who deserves credit for managing this enormous task and drafting much of the document, while at the same time offering technical assistance and advocacy strategy to partners from coast to coast. Her ingenuity and work with state partners ensured the new section on comprehensive approaches to sex education in each profile is as robust as possible.
Thanks are due to many members of the SIECUS family for lending a hand on this publication. Sarah Grigsby-Reiser, SIECUS’ public policy fellow, has been enormously helpful in the research and drafting of the publication, and Martha Kempner, sexual health consultant and long-time SIECUS collaborator, also deserves enormous thanks for her editing and word-smithing abilities, as well as her ongoing and tireless dedication to this publication. Thanks also to SIECUS staff Patrick Malone, director of communications, and Maxwell Ciardullo, information coordinator, for their contributions to key sections of the Profiles; and to Kelsey Van Nice, our new state policy associate, for her fresh perspective. And no not-for-profit agency would be nearly as successful were it not for the valuable contributions of its interns. To this end, we want to thank SIECUS’ DC office interns, Chloe Browne, Emily Dewey, Lizzy Marmon, and Rebecca Vorel and our New York office intern, Rebecca Di Meo.
Perhaps most importantly, we need to thank our many state partners who work with us each year to make certain this publication provides the most accurate and up-to-date picture possible and, this year, assisted us in creating more detailed pictures of the comprehensive approaches to sex education that are happening in their communities. Thanks are also due to the Guttmacher Institute and the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) for their research on sexuality education laws and policies and to Advocates for Youth and ETR Associates for their research on evidence-based curricula, all of which was consulted during the drafting of this publication
Finally, we need to thank SIECUS’ many donors who support our work and believe in the importance of advocacy that is firmly entrenched in research and evidence. In particular, the following foundations have supported SIECUS’ public policy and advocacy efforts over the past year: Anonymous Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America, and WestWind Foundation.
Joseph DiNorcia, Jr.                                                    Jennifer Heitel Yakush
President and CEO                                                      Director of Public Policy


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