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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: 12/10/2020

December 10, 2020

Better serve youth with social-emotional learning  From the Search Institute: Nearly a decade ago, an important meta-analysis showed that implementing high-quality social-emotional learning (SEL) programs in schools can lead to significant increases in students’ academic and behavioral outcomes. How, in practice, can a youth-serving organization integrate social emotional learning into everything...

The Update: 10/29/2020

October 29, 2020

A Trauma-Informed Approach to the ’20-’21 School Year Trauma-Informed Care is an approach in the human service field that assumes that an individual is more likely than not to have a history of trauma. Trauma-Informed Care recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role trauma may play in an...

The Update: 10/15/2020

October 15, 2020

2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Sexual Behaviors At-a-Glance The national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) monitors health behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. The national YRBS is conducted every two years during the spring...

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