Teen Health Mississippi is dedicated to championing public policies that ensure optimal sexual health for every Mississippi teen. We engage youth as advocates for high-quality sex education as well as affordable, confidential, and evidence-based youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services.
Mississippi Youth Council
In 2014, Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) was created to engage youth in the advocacy of evidence-based, medically accurate, and age-appropriate sex education. Members of MYCouncil take a grassroots approach to sex education and other related sexual and reproductive health issues by mobilizing communities to speak out and get involved in an issue that is extremely important to young people today.
Mississippi Sex Education Law
Most of Teen Health Mississippi’s policy work has been surrounding Mississippi’s sex education law, House Bill 999 (HB 999). With the passage of HB 999 in 2011, school districts are required to adopt and implement a sex education policy – either “abstinence-only” or “abstinence-plus.”
Learn how school districts can comply with the law through the Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) initiative, which offers evidence-based, medically accurate, and age-appropriate programs.