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Adolescent and Young Adult Men Focus Group Facilitator Guide

Date: October 13, 2015

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Adolescent and Young Adult Men Focus Group Facilitator Guide is a resource for organizations that wish to learn more about the health and wellness concerns of the adolescent and young adult men (AYAM) utilizing their programs and services. To further facilitate the use of this guide, we have provided customizable Word documents of supporting documents…

Citation: Healthy Teen Network. (2015). Adolescent and young adult men focus group facilitator guide. Baltimore: Author.
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Advocacy for Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Foster Care

Date: October 10, 2008

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Healthy Teen Network and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law collaborated to provide answers to some common questions practitioners face when advocating for pregnant and parenting teens in foster care. The answers can be helpful in your advocacy efforts.

Citation: American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law and Healthy Teen Network. (2008). Advocacy for Pregnant and Parenting Teens in Foster Care. Baltimore: Author.
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Advocacy Resource Guide: Addressing HIV/AIDS Among Youth


To make a difference in reducing HIV among new generations, youth need accurate, culturally relevant, age-appropriate information about HIV transmission and infection, as well as, how to protect themselves, including abstinence, contraception, safer sex practices and where to get tested. HIV education and services must be also readily available to all youth, regardless of ability to pay and…

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Advocacy Resource Guide: Comprehensive Sexuality Education


Abstinence-only education programs are nothing new, they have existed for over 20 years. Under the Bush Administration, federal funding for abstinence-only-until-marriage (AOUM) programs have increased markedly, despite an overwhelming lack of scientific evidence that supports their effectiveness. Recent studies have shown that most of the curriculum used in AOUM programs misrepresent or use outdated information, perpetuate gender stereotypes,…

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Advocacy Resource Guide: Emergency Contraception for Adolescents


Although there are many highly effective contraceptive options to choose from, none is 100% effective, even if used correctly. Sometimes errors are made—a condom breaks, a diaphragm slips, a birth control pill is forgotten. At other times, sexual intercourse is unplanned or unwanted. In any of these instances, an unintended pregnancy might occur. If used within 120 hours…

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Advocacy Resource Guide: Interpersonal Violence and Adolescent Pregnancy


Interpersonal violence and adolescent pregnancy are intricately intertwined. While no national data is available on all aspects of the relationships between these two factors, state and other evidence strongly indicates a direct connection. Many adolescents are currently in violent or coercive intimate relationships (Leiderman S., Almo C., 2001). This is particularly the case for adolescents who become pregnant.…

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Advocacy Resource Guide: Parental Engagement


The relationships between youth and parents are central and sensitive elements in the successful development of adolescents. We recognize the importance of numerous adults in a young person’s life and of the need to provide support and skills to these adults. Furthermore, we understand the importance of modeling positive adult behavior for youth and insist that parent involvement…

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Advocacy Resource Guide: Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Young Men


Sexual and reproductive health needs of young men have been continually ignored by government, health professionals, and social programs. The implicit assumption buried within this omission is that pregnancy prevention, teen pregnancy, and parenting are female concerns about which only women should be educated. However, successful prevention policies and programs require the involvement and education of young males.…

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Advocacy Resource Guide: Supporting Young Fathers


While the fields of adolescent reproductive health and teen pregnancy prevention have actively pursued research and developed resources addressing the needs of young mothers, public attention has not traditionally focused on young fathers as a group that stands to benefit from supportive services and policies. Like young mothers, young fathers navigate both the stress of adolescence as well…

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Advocacy Resource Guide: The Impact of Early Abuse on Male Sexual and Reproductive Health


Exposure to physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse as a child generally affects future behavior. To date, research has focused primarily on the impact of abuse on girls; there is very little information that documents the impact of abuse on boys.

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