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Youth. Sex. Relationships.
Leading the National Conversation.

Ascend champions youth to make healthy decisions in relationship and life promoting well-being through a primary prevention strategy, and as a national membership and advocacy organization that serves, leads, represents and equips the Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) field.

Our Work

We think youth deserve every opportunity to chart a path to their futures – one that is greatly improved when they don’t engage in risky activities, like teen sex. The decisions they make about sex can have significant impact on their physical and emotional health, their relationships, and their future lives.

Good News: The Majority of Teens are Listening

And they are responding by waiting for sex. In fact, more are waiting today than at any other time in recent history. Ascend thinks parents, policy-makers, and sex education classes should support the healthiest choices for youth, both now…and in the future. Ascend represents those who agree.

We don’t intend to give up. Not on youth.

And not on their access to the skills, information and encouragement to avoid all sexual activity, hopefully until they marry. We believe that helping teens eliminate – not simply reduce – sexual risk, is the right thing to do.

Because we believe where youth live or what their current reality looks like should not exclude them from the tools for the best possible health outcomes and future success.


What is Sexual Risk Avoidance? (SRA)

Sexual Risk Avoidance is an educational approach based on the public health model of primary prevention to empower youth to avoid ALL the risks of sexual activity.

What Can We Do Together?

Behind almost every win for SRA, you will find Ascend at the forefront.

More Funding.

Since the founding of Ascend in 2007, we have brought almost one-half BILLION dollars to the SRA field so that more and more youth are able to make healthy choices.

More Choice.

We believe parents and communities should have the choice to select SRA education for their youth. Because of the work of Ascend, most states and even more communities are teaching the health-affirming SRA message in health classes across the nation.

More Awareness.

We think that when there is a debate about sex education, the facts should guide decision-making, not agenda-laden sound-bites. That’s why Ascend puts such a high priority on making sure more people understand that SRA education is so important in addressing many of today’s social concerns.

When teens add sex to already turbulent adolescence, it can have a big impact on their future prospects. Their educational success. Their ability to avoid poverty in the future. The families they will eventually form. The health of their relationships. How they feel about their lives.

So we work to raise awareness for the healthiest messages for our youth. In national media. In Congress. In statehouses across the nation. With parents. And in the cultural conversation about teens and sex.

More Work to be Done

But there are still far too many youth who have never heard that their futures can be brighter if they don’t engage in risky behaviors, like teen sex. And there are far too many policy-makers who don’t know that teens can and are waiting for sex in record numbers. We are stronger together and the path forward is bright as we link arms in this important work. Join our efforts to help youth thrive.

Because we believe where youth live or what their current reality looks like should not exclude them from the tools for the best possible health outcomes and future success.