Legislation Against Optimal Health for Youth

February 5, 2019

There is a strategic push underway to normalize teen sex and advance “sexual rights” of youth even if that notion opposes family and community values. Demonstrating this strategy, several concerning bills have been introduced or are currently under debate in legislatures across the country. These bills are pushing for radical...

Do We Really Care about the STD Epidemic Among Youth?

November 15, 2018

Image credit: Urine Drug Test HQ For the fourth year in a row infection rates for gonorrhea, syphilis and chlamydia have all risen. According to the CDC, gonorrhea rates have increased by 67 percent, and syphilis by 76 percent! Chlamydia remains the most common STD, with infections at more than 1.7 million cases,...

Teen Sex is Always About More Than Sex

April 26, 2018

From our Executive Director, Mary Anne Mosack:   Like a breath of fresh air introduced into a long enclosed space, a new funding opportunity has been released from the Office of Adolescent Health(OAH) bringing into view a more balanced approach to sex education. The new Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) funding...


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The Update: 4/8/2020

April 9, 2020

FBI: Online learning raises risks of sexual exploitation As Covid-19 closures force more schools to wade into the world of online learning, the FBI is warning educators and families to beware of online sexual exploitation, and urges parents and educators to teach students about the risks and the signs. Children...

A Message From Our President/CEO

March 25, 2020

Dear Friends, As we all navigate through this historically challenging time, we want you to know that, at Ascend, we are up and running and ready to stay in touch as we always have. Please reach out with questions, concerns, and comments. We wish you and yours peace and good...


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