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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.

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Trailhead Institute

The Trailhead Institute's Youth Sexual Health program 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.

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Advocates for Youth

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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