WISE Partners

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

Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth supports district specific work in Pennsylvania in an effort to scale the reach of the WISE Initiative outside of states served directly by WISE grantees. Advocates for Youth also serves as the national technical assistance provider to the entirety of the WISE Initiative.



Cardea, the lead organization for WISE California, works to support county-based CSE Networks in the Bay Area as well as Southern California by providing training and technical assistance to advance implementation of mandated CSE.


Colorado Youth Matter

Colorado Youth Matter (CYM) works to 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.


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, 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 New Orleans. 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), formerly Mississippi First, 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 educators through training and K-5 human growth and development initiative.


Nebraska Department of Education

The Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) is currently a legacy site. Their WISE-funded efforts supported a long history of providing technical assistance, training and resources to school districts statewide who seek assistance in implementing sexual health education initiatives that prevent or reduce the risk of pregnancy, HIV, and other STIs.

Women's Fund of Omaha

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

WISE New York, led by 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 (Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens) NC

Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens (SHIFT) NC is currently a WISE Legacy Site. It focused on institutionalizing sex education in North Carolina public schools by helping school assess their capacity, update policies and procedures, build an internal culture that is supportive of adolescent health, and gain the training and technical assistance needed to fully implement exemplary sex education.


Oregon Department of Education

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is currently a WISE Legacy Site having achieved key milestones in partnership with a coalition of strategic stakeholders.



Cardea works to identify ready school districts in Texas with capacity to advance sex education and sustain implementation over time.



WISE Washington, led by Cardea, is currently a WISE Legacy Site. Cardea played a key role in passage of legislation supporting medically accurate, comprehensive sex education and then worked to support its implementation statewide.

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.