* All young people are worrthy of respect and will be given equal educational opportunities regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, life style or belief system. Gender stereotypes and sexist language will be avoided.

* Outreach education is multi-cultural, promoting awareness of the individual needs of students from all manner of backgrounds. Narrow-mindedness or discrimination will not be tolerated.

* Parents should be the foundation of a pyramid of good health. Parent/youth communication in the vital area of human sexuality is to be promoted and encouraged.

* Education should be an interactive, joyous and invigorating experience. The only way to be empathic to a young person's needs is to truly listen to that young person.

* Risk behavior is discussed clearly and accurately, avoiding the imposition of shame or guilt.

* Students are encouraged to speak openly and directly to Outreach educators, with a promise of confidentiality. In cases of abuse or physical/mental danger, the student is advised that the Outreach educator will need to break confidentiality to the proper authorities. Every attempt will be made to involve the student in the decision making process and advise the student of the necessary course of action.

* Outreach educators have no time limit on their caring for kids. Students may contact an Outreach educator whenever necessary.

* There is no better education than that given by example. Outreach professionals are cognizant of their role as models for youth and conduct their lives accordingly.

* Affecting behavioral change in the area of healthy sexuality is a challenge. There are no magic bullets or simple solutions. Our efforts must be caring, consistent, constant, and collaborative in the community.

* No one cares what an educator says until it is clear that the educator cares.