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 a significant impact on their physical and emotional health, their relationships, and their future lives.
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.
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.
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.