Real Education for Healthy Youth Act


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Illinois Sponsors

  • U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL)
  • U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL)
  • U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)


HR 3324 requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to award competitive grants to enable eligible entities to carry out programs to provide adolescents with comprehensive sex education with an emphasis on reducing HIV, other sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancy. This bill was introduced November 2, 2011 by U.S. Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA 9) and was referred to the House subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce training on November 18, 2011.

Goals and Purposes of HR 3324

  • Requires evidence-based education programs
  • Requires the creation of provisions to evaluate programs that establish a common set of performance measures to assess the success of sex ed programs
  • Includes training for targeted faculty and staff to increase effected education
  • Prohibits federal funds from being used for health education programs that:
    • Withhold life-saving information about HIV
    • Are medically inaccurate or have been scientifically shown to be ineffective
    • Promote gender stereotypes
    • Are unresponsive to the needs of sexually active youth or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender youth
    • Are inconsistent with the ethical imperatives of medicine and public health

How HR 3324 Benefits Youth

  • Assures that students will receive comprehensive sexual education that raises awareness and knowledge on issues such as HIV that could pose as risks for youth.
  • Creates a safer space in the classroom for sexually active and LGBT youth to learn about and discuss their sexuality.

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June 2012

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