North Carolina

SHIFT (Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens) NC

Sexual Health Initiatives for Teens (SHIFT) NC was an active part of the WISE Initiative from 2011-2017. It is currently a WISE Legacy Site. SHIFT NC led a coalition of organizations to pass the 2009 Healthy Youth Act, which requires schools to offer factually accurate instruction in contraception, STD/HIV prevention, and sexual violence prevention. After the law’s passage and prior to joining WISE, SHIFT NC worked to help schools understand the requirements of the new law, bringing workshops and comprehensive curriculum training to school systems throughout the state. As part of WISE, SHIFT NC 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.