_YELL __Youth Education Life Line
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HALF of all new HIV infections occur in youths
younger than 25 years of age.
The United States has completely failed to confront the realities of youth and AIDS
Texas abstinence plan not working
Jan 25, 2005: Abstinence-only programs like those promoted by the Bush administration don't seem to be working on teenagers in the president's home state, according to a state-sponsored study by Texas A&M University researchers.
The New York City Public
School system is the largest in the U.S. with over a million and
a half students.
The problems with AIDS education in the NYC Public Schools have been growing WORSE for over a decade!
Inadequacies in HIV/AIDS education in New York City's Public Schools
While schools must teach a specific number of HIV/AIDS lessons and the Department of Education must provide the necessary support to ensure implementation, the requirements are not being met.
These vast inadequacies in the school system coincide with increases in HIV infections among youth. The Centers for Disease Control states that two Americans between ages 13 and 24 are infected with HIV every hour. In light of such vulnerability to infection, it is critical that schools deliver HIV/AIDS education. With approximately 1.1 million students attending its schools, the public school system is a natural and logical venue for reaching youth in this city.
The report asserts that the Department of Education must make HIV/AIDS education into the priority that it should be by:
· Updating HIV/AIDS curricula;
· Utilizing appropriate, well-trained personnel to teach HIV/AIDS lessons;
· Improving evaluation and oversight procedures to ensure that all public schools are fully compliant with HIV/AIDS mandates and prevention efforts are effective;
· Ensuring adequate resources to carry out HIV/AIDS education.
The New York AIDS Coalition calls upon Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene Thomas Frieden to publicly voice their support for the AIDS educational mandates. Their leadership is essential to implementing reform and strengthening commitment to this initiative throughout the school system. The alternative is to consign a new generation to HIV.
The New York City School System goes through Chancellors like toilet paper.
Former Miami schools chief. Ousted by hostile Board and the Religious "Right" Wing over the RAINBOW CIRRICULUM.
January 1990 - June 1993
New York City Schools Chancellor, Joseph Fernandez, found out just how emotional the issue can be. He was at the helm when New York City became the first school system in the country to make condoms available to students. The uproar that followed this decision damaged his career, and he was ousted shortly afterwards. For him, the report ["making condoms available does not encourage students who have never had sex to become sexually active. It also found that making condoms available to students at school led to a higher rate of condom use among sexually active students"] is a vindication and, in a comment to the New York Times, he called the findings "a wake up call."
Cardinal O'Connor used the pulpit at St. Patrick's Cathedral to congratulate members of the New York City Board of Education who had voted to ditch Schools Chancellor Joseph Fernandez. ...
____________________ see also: report on the Cardinal Ruining AIDS Prevention in the Schools
see also: history of AIDS Education in the New York Public Schools
Former San Francisco schools chief. Resigned after dispute with Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He was a forgettable do-doing Chancellor, other than ruining AIDS prevention education in the NY Public School System. September 1993-October 1995. On January 11, 1994, on the recommendation of the Chancellor, the Board adopted a resolution to include a parental opt-out provision. Since that date, schools have been required to inform parents of incoming or otherwise new public high school students that, in order to opt a child from condom availability, parents would make a written request to that effect in an envelope marked "confidential" and addressed to the school principal.
On May 31st, 2000 in a public forum, Chancellor Harold Levy was asked about sex education and condom availability to which he replied: "next question." He later apologized saying he didn't mean to be "flippant" but just wanted to "avoid controversy."
FOURTH CHANCELLOR IN 10 YEARS >>>
Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday appointed Joel Klein, a former federal prosecutor, as the new chancellor of New York City public schools. Klein will lead a re-configured school system that is now largely controlled by the mayor. As head of the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Justice Department during the Clinton administration, Klein launched the case that sought to break up Microsoft. He later worked as head of U.S. operations for media conglomerate Bertlesmann A.G. A native New Yorker, Klein has very little experience in education: he went to New York City public schools and briefly taught sixth graders in Queens. Bloomberg's choice, a surprise to many, seems to show a "deep distrust of professional educators."
ACT UP! __FIGHT BACK! __FIGHT AIDS!
> > > ACTION Reports at the Board of Education__
a few (of the many many) actions > > >
check out: YELL Survey of AIDS Education
Don't Forget to Check-out the zine
Flyer and Safe-Sex Information:
_____What the Board of Education Doesn't Want You To Know
Half of all young Americans will get a sexually transmitted disease by the age of 25...
Peer Education, Not Fear Education
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Past Press Releases (just a few of the many...)
Stop the Church 10 Year Anniversary
Press Conference, December 12, 1999
SEE ALSO >> : THE YOUTH DECLARATION ..
from the The Sixth International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific
HIV/AIDS and Sex Education Youth-friendly Websites LINKS from UNESCO Bangkok (29.7.03)
Youth-Friendly Websites on HIV/AIDS and Sex Education
The internet has a wealth of resources on HIV/AIDS, of which only a small portion is youth-friendly. The following is a resource list of web sites that were created for young people and which has AIDS-related content.
|AIDS Sex and Teens
This website provides teens with basic information on HIV/AIDS, including transmission, statistics, and history.
An interactive site that encompasses all aspects of teen life, with a specific focus on sex, dating and physical health and well-being.
|Go Ask Alice
A question and answer website run by Columbia University's Health and Education Program.
I Wanna Know
Teen Advice Online
|It's Your (Sex)
A site that answers questions about contraception, STDs, and how teens can negotiate their sexual lives. This site is sponsored by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.
ADVOCATES FOR YOUTH
A website created for young people. It is a partnership between MTV, Youth Net (spearheaded by Family Health International) and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Additional partners include USAID, UNAIDS and The World Bank. Their mission is to "inform young people about the virus, promote safe lifestyle choices, provide information about local rganizations and mobilize youth to overcome the stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS and to fight for an end to the spread of HIV/AIDS."
A website that is created by and for HIV positive youth and peer educators. It is a project created by Advocates for Youth and offers sexual and mental health information, community support, opportunities for advocacy, resources and referrals, and online peer education.
Forwarded to SEA-AIDS by Jan Wijngaarden at UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education Bangkok, Thailand July 29th, 2003. Thanks to Sanam Kittikulsingh for researching.
NEW REPORT 2004
The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) is pleased to announce the release of its new ground breaking publication, SIECUS State Profiles: A Portrait of Sexuality Education and Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Programs in the States.
SIECUS State Profiles is the result of over two years of research into federally funded abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. This new resource details the amount, type, and use of federal abstinence-only-until-marriage funds in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The publication also chronicles controversies related to sexuality education in each state, lists relevant state statutes, and provides contact information for state-based organizations involved in sexuality education and sexual health issues.
"We know what works. When young people have access to comprehensive and medically accurate information regarding their sexual health, they delay the onset of sexual activity and increase their condom use. It is high time that state and federal lawmakers, including the Bush Administration, stop putting political expediency ahead of the health and well-being of our young people. They need to halt funding for unproven abstinence-only-until-marriage programs that deny young people critical sexual health information, and instead, fund comprehensive programs that work," said Kreinin.
To view the complete publication, go to www.siecus.org
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