Mississippi becomes the next WISE State for their work on CHART

Mississippi First is proud to announce the state of Mississippi has been named as the next WISE (Working to Institutionalize Sex Education) state. The WISE Initiative was launched in 2009 as a way to provide funding, partnership development, and best practices to states focused on providing Comprehensive Sex Education. Mississippi joins 9 other states currently active with the WISE Initiative.

“The primary goal of WISE is to integrate sexual health education within our public school’s academic program. This is precisely what we’ve been doing through our CHART Initiative for the past two years. As a WISE state, we are able to expand our work in CHART districts, while also expanding to other districts,” stated Deputy Director, Sanford Johnson.

Since 2010, Mississippi First (MSF) has worked in conjunction with the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) and the Women’s Fund of Mississippi to develop the Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (CHART) Initiative. CHART is focused on reducing teen birth and STD rates, improving teen sexual health, and increasing responsible decision-making. The CHART Initiative uses funds from the federal Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) to implement comprehensive or “abstinence-plus” sex education policies in public school districts. CHART has been implemented in 33 school districts across Mississippi. These districts receive two evidence-based curricula, Draw the Line/Respect the Line (Grades 6-8) and Reducing the Risk (9th Grade), at no cost. CHART districts also receive teacher training, technical assistance for evaluation, and parent outreach. MSF and their partners are dedicated to tackling teen pregnancy and STDs one student at a time through medically accurate, evidence-based prevention programs.

For more information about WISE or CHART contact Deputy Director Sanford Johnson at sanford@mississippifirst.org. Also, more information about the WISE Initiative can be found by visiting http://wisetoolkit.org/.