The Massachusetts Healthy
interpersonal violence prevention
substance abuse prevention
sexual assault prevention
unplanned pregnancy prevention
social emotional learning
sexual abuse prevention
The Massachusetts Healthy Youth Consortium (MAHYC) is comprised of educators, community members, and advocates from over 225 Massachusetts districts, schools and organizations committed to improving
for K-12 students
throughout the Commonwealth.
The goal of MAHYC is for educators, health professionals, policymakers, and other advocates to work collaboratively towards helping to pass The Healthy Youth Act which would ensure that comprehensive curricula are taught in public schools that choose to offer sex education.
"Young people are bombarded with sexual images and messages from television, music, movies, and the internet. Yet when we look at the high rates of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and dating and sexual violence among young people, it becomes clear that they are not getting the accurate, unbiased information about sexuality and sexual health that they need."
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“There has never been a more important time to teach our youth about the benefits of having healthy relationships — and that begins with inclusive and accurate sex education,” said State Senate President Karen E. Spilka, D-Ashland. “Sadly, we know all too well the consequences of unhealthy relationships, which is why it is so important we prepare our students so that they can make informed decisions. I am proud the senate voted overwhelmingly to advance this legislation. I would also like to thank Senators Sal DiDomenico and Jason Lewis for their advocacy and leadership on this important issue.”
"Providing comprehensive, age-appropriate, and medically accurate information to our youth is the best way to prepare them to make safe and healthy choices,” said Senator Jason Lewis, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Education. “I’m pleased that the Senate was able to advance this legislation that will strengthen education and reduce rates of teen pregnancy and transmission of sexually transmitted infections, while keeping parents informed as to students’ curricula."