The Youth Equity & Sexuality (YES) A-Team created a comprehensive strategic plan in December 2017 as the result of a 2-day retreat made possible by a National Association of County and City Health Officials grant awarded to the Metro Health Department.

The retreat included members of the A-Team along with other identified community leaders and Nashville youth from various high schools. The strategies identified were: (1) Strengthen Organizational Culture, (2) Analyzing current best practices, (3) Positioning youth voice to lead systems change, and (4) Equipping Stakeholders to integrate sexuality and SEL.

Using that framework, MNPS has been awarded federal grant funding through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement and monitor: (1) the delivery of high quality, developmentally appropriate sexual health education; (2) access to sexual health services and resources for young people; and (3) increased intentionality of safe and supportive environments for LGBTQIA and all student through the fostering of Gay- Straight Alliances (GSA), initially in identified priority schools, expanding to all 5-12 schools by the end of the project period in 2023.

Youth Equity & Sexuality Alignment Team

  • Del Ray Zimmerman, Vanderbilt LGBTQI Health, Co-Chair
  • Tina Bozeman, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Co-Chair
  • D’yuanna Allen-Robb, Metro Health Department
  • Dawn Bennett, The Table Nashville
  • Emi Canahuati, Thrive Education
  • Simyka Carlton, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Joan Clayton-Davis, Community Volunteer
  • Megan Cusson-Lark, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Luke Finck, Vanderbilt University
  • Will French, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Latissa Hall, Metro Health Department
  • Laura Hansen, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Alex McCandless, Hope Clinic for Women
  • Susan O’Hara, Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic
  • Leah Roberts, Vanderbilt University
  • Catherine Sakarapanee, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • Maxine Spencer, Oasis Center
  • Kyle Stockard, Planned Parenthood