Normal, healthy youth development includes sexual health. The Information & Education (I&E) Program provides funding for education that emphasizes prevention of adolescent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The program provides comprehensive sexual health education through nine (9) local agencies serving high-need youth statewide.
I&E informs young people about eligibility and access to federal, state and local clinical services, and offers comprehensive sexual health education with topics such as partner communication, negotiation and refusal skills, and communication with a trusted adult. Services are offered in diverse settings, such as mainstream and alternative schools, social service agencies, juvenile detention facilities and youth centers.
Through I&E, young people gain knowledge and are empowered to make responsible decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. Providing youth with the information and skills they need to make healthy choices is a critical component in promoting the positive development of California’s youth.