For Youth

And the Results Say….


Harnessing the power of technology and social media, Crush—developed by Healthy Teen Network and MetaMedia—puts the power of comprehensive sexual education in the hands of teens and meets them where they are. With its use of varied interactive content such as whiteboard animations for describing sensitive topics like anatomy and physiology; negotiation dialogues for condom…

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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do


Well, it’s just about that time of year again: Valentine’s Day.  Everywhere I turn, I am bombarded by sappy love songs, ruby hearts, and images of smitten couples. Even one of the nation’s most respected news networks entices me to click a link so I can ponder if the movie “The Notebook” causes breakups. And…

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Confessions of a Sex Ed Mom


If you are expecting a blog post chock-full of shockingly juicy confessions, this one is NOT for you. Those will have to wait until my memoir is published posthumously (which, I hope, is no time soon). However, I do want to share few tidbits that—dare I say—help me be the best “Sex Ed Mom” to…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan


Welcome to Your Healthy Future! Hello! Sometime soon, you will become an adult, and along with that will come a lot of responsibilities but also opportunities to make your own choices and pursue your dreams. Adolescence—the time you are 13 to 24 years—may be a period of some stress. But it’s also a time for…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan: Guide


How Do I Use the Guide? To use the Guide, go back to the Questionnaire. For each question, look at your answer. Now go to the section of the Guide with information related to your answer. The Guide has more information about each of the 20 healthy future subjects: The “101”: Brief introduction to the…

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Health Care, Birth Control, & Confidential Services


Access to Confidential Services: A Guide for YOU! This brochure offers guidance for young people about access to confidential contraceptive services. Asking Questions While it is important to talk to your parents about your health and health care, sometimes you might want your health care to be confidential. If so, remember: Ask whether your provider’s…

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Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe: Health Care, Birth Control, and Confidential Services (for Teens)


The Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe series of brochures offers guidance to health care providers, teens (below), and parents of teens about ways they can deliver, receive, and support adolescents’ access to confidential contraceptive services. This brochure for teens teaches young people about confidential services and lets teens know how and what they can…

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Helping Teens Stay Healthy and Safe: The Importance of Confidential Contraceptive Services for Teens


Confidential contraceptive services are an important component of both comprehensive health care for adolescents and teen pregnancy prevention efforts. This has been documented in the findings of research  studies, confirmed by the experience of  health care professionals, and reflected in the policies of health care professional organizations. Numerous laws at the state and federal levels…

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How the Affordable Care Act Improves Pregnant and Parenting Youth Access Health Care


Webinar Slides, Audio, & Transcript: What Have You Done for Me Lately? How the Affordable Care Act Improves Expectant and Parenting Youth’s Access to Health Care The Affordable Care Act established a wide variety of provisions to increase Americans’ access to affordable, accessible, and high-quality health care. Designed as a webinar for OAH PAF grantees, this webinar…

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Keep It Simple


Getting the Right Sexual Health Care Growing up isn’t easy. Navigating your sexual health isn’t easy either. But there are some things we can make simpler, like making sure  you know that you have the right to high quality sexual health care and that we care enough to help you get it. Check out the…

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Know the Facts First


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health launched the “Know the Facts First” campaign, an initiative co-branded by the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) and the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD).  “Know the Facts First” aims to provide teen girls, ages 13-19, with accurate information…

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LGBTQ+-Who? | Game & Presentation


Healthy Teen Network High School Intern Hannah Murray created this presentation and game to help viewers and participants learn more about the LGBTQ+ community. A short Prezi presentation (below), titled LGBTQ+ – Who?!, outlines basic-yet-important information about gender, sexual identity, and the critical need to better meet the needs of LGBTQ+ youth, generally. The presentation includes a…

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LGTBTQ+ – Who? …Go Find Out! Using Gaming to Learn about Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Youth


Last summer, we were lucky to spend a month with high school senior, Hannah Murray. Hannah lives in Iowa City, IA, and she is particularly interested in issues related to gender and identity. As she and her friends have learned more about gender identity, Hannah wanted to find a way to help people talk about…

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New Opportunities to Guide Opportunity Youth to Career Opportunities!


You might have missed this news, since it was barely covered in the mainstream press, but the U.S. Congress actually DID do something of importance to young people before taking its summer recess. In late July, it passed and President Obama signed into law the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the first revitalization of…

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No te compliques


The ¡No te compliques! Facilitator’s Guide and accompanying video, or motion graphic, are designed to help link young men and women, ages 15-19, to trusted, “teen friendly” contraceptive and reproductive healthcare providers. Facilitator’s Guide and motion graphic are also available in English.

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No Te Compliques


The ¡No te compliques! Facilitator’s Guide and accompanying video, or motion graphic, are designed to help link young men and women, ages 15-19, to trusted, “teen friendly” contraceptive and reproductive healthcare providers. Facilitator’s Guide and motion graphic are also available in English.

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On Supporting Youth-Led Advocacy


Like the rest of the Nation, Healthy Teen Network is deeply saddened by the continued assaults on our youth in schools. We are in full support of the various youth-led school walkouts and marches that are attempting to force our representatives to do what is right and have a common sense, non-partisan discussion on gun…

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Other Resources for Young People


Check out Healthy Teen Network Resources for young people here. Ambiente Joven Amplify Your Voice Answer Bedsider The Body Go Ask Alice! I Wanna Know Keep It Simple! Love Is Respect My Sistahs Planned Parenthood MTV It’s Your (Sex) Life Know the Facts First No te Compliques! Scarleteen Sex, Etc. (also available at www.sxetc.org) Stay…

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Parents & Caring Adults


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Reliable Information for Pregnant Teens


Guest Blog Post by Jennifer Lemons It was the longest three minutes of her life. As she opened her eyes to glance at the test, her heart stopped. She couldn’t breathe. Frantically, she tore open the instructions that came with the test to confirm what she already knew. She was pregnant. She laid her head…

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Resources for Young People


We have organized resources for you to help you find what you need: Healthy Teen Network Resources Other Resources

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Resources for Young People Who Are Pregnant/Parenting


Resources Just for You We know that with caring support and resources, adolescents and young adults can be effective parents and successful adults. We believe society has an obligation to support all adolescents and young adults, including teen parents, because all young people deserve the opportunity to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Healthy Teen Network is the…

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Teen Dating Violence: What It Is and How to Raise Awareness


February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (TDVAM). This month provides an excellent opportunity to not just raise awareness around this pervasive issue—one in three teens in the U.S. is a victim of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse from a dating partner[1]—but to also demonstrate a commitment to ending teen dating violence and support…

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Teens & Parents


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Teens and Social Media: Keeping Up and Learning More


Keeping up with what social media platforms teens use and how they use them can be a time-consuming activity. One thing is for sure, though—for most teens, social media and other forms of digital communication are a daily part of life. The body of data on social media use among teens continues to grow, but…

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Yes You Can: Eat Well, Look Good and Save Money


Healthy Teen Network’s nutrition guide for pregnant and parenting teens and is intended for use by adolescents themselves, and/or health care providers who work with pregnant and parenting youth. Topics addressed in the brochure include : healthy eating tips, breastfeeding, budgeting information, quick recipes, and information on eating disorders. This brochure was made possible by a…

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