System-Involved Youth

Working with System-Involved Youth

Engaging Youth…On Their Turf: Creative Approaches to Connecting Youth through Community


Healthy Teen Network believes it is the youth most disengaged from our usual systems of care and ultimately those most in need of positive messages and support. We believe it is our duty to find these young people and use any means possible to support their healthy development and transition to adulthood. We recognize the…

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Foster Youth Need Sex Ed, Too!: Addressing the Sexual Risk Behaviors of System-Involved Youth (Webinar Recording)


All young people experience important developmental milestones on their path to becoming healthy adults, and while this time of change is full of promise, it can also be a time of increased vulnerability or risk. For system-involved youth (e.g., youth in child welfare or juvenile services), navigating this time of change can be fraught with…

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Other Resources: System-Involved Youth


View Healthy Teen Network System-Involved Youth Resources here. Other Resources: Engage, Involve, Empower: Family Engagement in Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts Reducing Recidivism for Justice-Involved Youth Beyond Bars: Keeping Young People Safe at Home and Out of Youth Prisons Special Collection: Disconnected Youth Violence Reduction Clearinghouse Online Toolkit Education and Interagency Collaboration: A Lifeline for Justice-Involved…

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Position Statement: Sexual & Reproductive Health Services for System-Involved Youth


Healthy Teen Network believes that youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems (system-involved youth) deserve comprehensive sexuality education and optimal sexual and reproductive health services in order to achieve whole health. SRH services should be designed and delivered with consideration for system-involved youth. Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues for…

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Power Through Choices: Evidence of Success with System-Involved Youth


Guest Blog Post by Sharon Rodine & Janene Fluhr Research shows youth in foster care and juvenile justice systems are far more likely to become pregnant or get someone pregnant, compared to youth in the general population. System-involved youth have experienced chronic trauma, abuse/neglect, and family dysfunction; may face mental health and substance abuse challenges;…

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Preventing Teen Pregnancy Among Marginalized Youth


Developing a Policy, Program, and Research Agenda for the Future Healthy Teen Network, with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has long explored how to better meet the needs of marginalized youth and subsequently reduce their risk for early pregnancy and parenting. In 2008, a year-long effort included a review of the literature on…

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Texas Takes a Trauma-Informed Approach to Preventing Pregnancy Among Disconnected Youth


When Cardea Services set out to launch a teen pregnancy prevention program for disconnected youth in Texas, they soon realized participants were at increased risk for sexual assault and other traumatic experiences. The Competitive Personal Responsibility Education Program (C-PREP) grantee decided to adopt a trauma-informed approach in its Connections Project, which delivers evidence-based programming to…

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What Are Our Areas of Expertise?


Healthy Teen Network staff bring a diverse range of subject matter expertise, with years of experience providing capacity-building assistance. We possess the skills-building training, TA, elearning, instructional design, evaluation, and resource development skills to work with both youth and adults. Our highly qualified staff can meet your needs, across a range of services. Areas of…

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