WISE Partners

The following snapshots of each lead partner describe their current WISE efforts. Collectively, their work continues to inform this toolkit.

= States with active partners
= States with legacy partners



Cardea, the lead organization for WISE California, works to support county-based CSE Networks throughout the state. CSE Networks provide a vehicle for technical assistance, training, networking, and sharing best practices.


Colorado Youth Matter

Colorado Youth Matter (CYM) works to support implementation of sex education in diverse school settings -- from larger urban centers to rural districts organized into regional cohorts -- in partnership with numerous state organizations.


Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth supports district specific work in Pennsylvania and Florida in an effort to scale the reach of the WISE Initiative outside of states served directly by WISE partners.


Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential

The Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP), the WISE Georgia lead agency, works statewide in support of sexuality education. They have a robust training strategy to support district implementation.



EyesOpenIowa (EOI) works with administrative stakeholders to assess schools' current policies and practices and identify goals related to sex education implementation, and then provides technical assistance and training to meet those goals.


Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies

The Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies currently provides sex education directly to young people in charters and traditional schools in Louisiana. As part of WISE, it is working to build the capacity of these schools to deliver sexuality education themselves.

Louisiana Public Health Institute

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) works to assess readiness and capacity of charter and traditional schools to adopt policy and implement CSE.


Teen Health Mississippi

Teen Health Mississippi (THMS) works with the Mississippi State Department of Health to implement evidence-based, abstinence-plus education in public schools through the Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) Initiative. THMS also works to build the capacity of school districts to implement sex education and support schools in developing a K-5 human growth and development program.


Nebraska Department of Education (Legacy Partner)

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is currently a legacy site. Their WISE-funded efforts supported continuation of a long history of providing technical assistance, training and resources to school districts statewide.

Women's Fund of Omaha(Legacy Partner)

The Women's Fund of Omaha's Adolescent Health Project incorporates WISE into their overall strategy to create sustainable community-wide change to increase sexual health knowledge among youth and improve sexual health outcomes in Douglas County.

New York

Genesee Valley Educational Partnership

The Student Support Services Center of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership works with a wide range of districts across New York State to institutionalize sexuality education as part of coordinated school health efforts.

North Carolina

SHIFT NC (Sexual Health Initiatives For Teens) (Legacy Partner)

SHIFT NC is currently a WISE Legacy Site. It focused on institutionalizing sex education in North Carolina public schools by helping schools with capacity assessment, policy review, cultural supports, training, and implementation-focused technical assistance.


Oregon Department of Education (Legacy Partner)

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) was an active part of the WISE Initiative from 2009-2014, during which time it achieved key milestones in partnership with a strong statewide collaborative.



Cardea works to identify ready school districts in Texas and help them to build capacity.


Cardea (Legacy Partner)

WISE Washington, led by Cardea, is currently a WISE Legacy Site. Cardea played a key role in supporting districts in implementing medically accurate, comprehensive sex education following passage of the Healthy Youth Act.

West Virginia

West Virginia Free

West Virginia Free works to support local school districts in implementing West Virginia's Next Generation Health Education Content Standards and Objectives in grades 5-12.