Where we began
#MyLASexEd was originally conceived and developed as a social media campaign by the Louisiana Youth For Truth council, a group of diverse young people who educate and advocate for inclusive, medically-accurate sex education through policy change, reforming cultural attitudes, and mobilizing youth. Louisiana Youth For Truth is a former program of the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies, funded by Advocates for Youth. During the 2016-2017 school year, Louisiana Youth For Truth collected over 50 photo cards from students statewide. Together, these photo cards tell the story of sex education in our state. During the 2017 Louisiana legislative session, the council launched a social media campaign to highlight Louisiana youth’s experiences with sex education—the bad and the good, the hurtful and the empowering. You can revisit the campaign on the council's Instagram page: https://www.instagram.com/lyft_iwes/.
Through collaboration with organizational partner Lift Louisiana, #MyLASexEd lives on as an organizing and storytelling tool. The website will continue to feature stories from young people across the state, and provide tools that can be used to support youth-led advocacy efforts.