Young Men

Addressing Young Men’s Reproductive Health Needs


Guest Blog Post by Sarah Verbiest Men’s Health Month is celebrated in June with the purpose of heightening the awareness of preventable health problems and encouraging early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month provides a great opportunity to encourage men to seek regular medical advice and focus on the often…

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Adolescent and Young Adult Men Focus Group Facilitator Guide


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…

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Boys Will Be Boys


Research tells us that boys are exposed to child maltreatment and family violence at rates similar to girls, suffer different types of violence than girls, and experience their own gender-specific responses.

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Elearning and Webinars


Healthy Teen Network regularly hosts capacity-building webinars, and we are constantly building our elearning library of resources. Can’t make it live on the dates offered? We have you covered—recordings and slides will be available after the webinars, as well. As always, membership has its benefits: members receive significant discounts on live and recorded webinars and…

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Generate My Healthy Future Plan: Health Educator Resource and Opportunities (HERO) Guide


The Health Educator Resource and Opportunities (HERO) Guide is an online publication for health educators and youth-supporting organizations to educate them about the health and wellness interests of adolescent and young adult and improve their support to young men on those interests. We developed the Generate My Healthy Future Plan Group Activity Planning Guide (along with complementary templates )…

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It’s Men’s Time of the Year


Hey gents (and ladies who care about gents), it’s that time of the month… er… uhh … oops, I mean YEAR. Huh? If it’s June, it’s Men’s Health Month. The purpose of the month, according to its organizers, is to “heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease…

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Joseph Yusuf: 2017 Outstanding Former Teen Parent Awardee


We are pleased to announce that Joseph Yusuf has been selected to receive the Healthy Teen Network 2017 Outstanding Former Teen Parent Award. According to one of his mentors, Joseph Yusuf lives his life by one motto: “Peace, Love, and Positivity,” and this is evident in the time he has invested in mentoring others who…

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Men Are Not Okay (Either)


I recently attended a conference of progressives that included a segment on identity. The populations that speakers represented and whose concerns were addressed included Latinx immigrants, people who identify or express as transgender, and American Muslims. I have no complaints with the selection of these identity groups as populations of focus at an identity conference.…

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Other Resources: Young Men


View Healthy Teen Network Young Men Resources here. Other Resources: Associations between Sex Education and Contraceptive Use among Heterosexually Active, Adolescent Males in the United States Are Men Well Served by Family Planning Programs? Fathers’ Time with Children: Income and Residential Differences The Socioecology of Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Use among Young Urban Minority…

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Pat Paluzzi’s “Audacious Idea” about Teen Dads


I recently contributed to Open Society-Baltimore‘s Audacious Ideas blog with some thoughts on teen fathers. Here’s an excerpt: Teen parents are a much maligned group. We often blame them for their “choice” of becoming a teen parent and then for all of the untoward outcomes that can follow. Our blame, however, is short sighted and wrongly…

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Position Statement: Sexual & Reproductive Health Services for Adolescent & Young Adult Men


Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues for young people as a resource to support your advocacy efforts. See more position statements here. Healthy Teen Network believes that adolescent and young adult men (AYAM, or young men) deserve comprehensive sexuality education and optimal sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services in order to achieve…

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Position Statement: Violence Prevention and Response Services for Youth Who Are Pregnant or Parenting


Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues for young people as a resource to support your advocacy efforts. See more position statements here. We promote egalitarian norms that support healthy relationships, voluntary birth-planning, and non-violent means to deal with stress and conflict as integral approaches to reducing the prevalence of intimate partner violence…

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Position Statement: Violence Prevention and Response Services for Youth Who Are Pregnant or Parenting


Healthy Teen Network shares position statements on relevant issues for young people as a resource to support your advocacy efforts. See more position statements here. We promote egalitarian norms that support healthy relationships, voluntary birth-planning, and non-violent means to deal with stress and conflict as integral approaches to reducing the prevalence of intimate partner violence…

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Representative Susan Brooks Visits Future Promises


Guest Blog Post by Brittany M. Stewart Representative Susan Brooks of Indiana’s fifth congressional district paid a visit to North Central High School earlier this year to meet staff and participants from the Future Promises program, which supports youth who are pregnant or parenting. Since its founding in 1997, Future Promises has served over 500…

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Spotlight on Young Fathers


When it comes to teen parenting, too often young fathers are left out of the conversation. Any time is the right time to make sure that teen fathers’ rights, needs, and roles are considered, but with Father’s Day right around the corner, the time is ideal to shine a spotlight on these resources from Healthy…

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Supporting Young Fathers


Like young mothers, young fathers navigate both the stress of adolescence as well as new responsibilities that come with early parenthood. However, young men and especially young fathers in our society face unique challenges that impact their ability to achieve their life goals while simultaneously providing for their children.

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Tip Sheet: Engaging Young Men


Young men are an important segment of the population for efforts to reduce teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, yet they are often not the target of programming and health care services. The research demonstrating best practices for engaging young men is much less robust; however, there is adequate support to guide…

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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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What Are the Health Concerns of Young Men?


Adolescent and Young Men’s Health: Focus Groups: Findings and Recommendations Healthy Teen Network collaborated with the School-Based Health Alliance, a national association of school-based health centers and school health professionals, to conduct focus groups to gather information from adolescent and young and adult men (AYAM) of various races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses about their attitudes…

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Where Do Men Fit In Women’s Health Care?


Sunday is Father’s Day, and I find myself reflecting on where men fit in women’s health care. A few months ago, I attended a consortium of professionals working on a women’s reproductive health advocacy agenda. At one point, I (quietly) mentioned that perhaps maternal-child health should be called family health, so men are included and…

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