UNDER THE CURRENTS

A Few Words on Awards

Date: May 17th, 2012
By:

Kelly Connelly

“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” –Abraham Lincoln In a field full of people working passionately to empower youth to make positive decisions and a world where young parents are often maligned rather than praised for their tireless efforts to be wonderful parents, it’s sometimes easy to…

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Talking About a Revolution

Date: May 10th, 2012
By:

Deborah Chilcoat

I want to start a revolution. Right here. Right now. It cannot wait another moment. And I don’t mean the kind of revolution that requires us to occupy our local parks for weeks on end, or the kind that fizzles out when it’s no longer fashionable, or one that pits women against one another. I…

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The Stakes Remain High

Date: May 3rd, 2012
By:

Pat Paluzzi

Regardless, Healthy Teen Network remains concerned about any program that promotes abstinence only until marriage. This framework for teaching young people about their sexual health excludes a variety of populations including LGBTQ youth and people who choose not to marry. We believe that youth deserve unbiased information about their sexual health that allows them to…

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S-ex E-ducator X-travaganza!

Date: April 6th, 2012
By:

Vanessa Geffrard

The world needs you! The world revolves around you! The world depends on your extensive, strong, long, and ever-thirsty knowledge of SEX! That’s right, I’m talking to you, sex education teachers, peer educators, facilitators, and all sexual/reproductive health professionals! Today, April 6, 2012, I declare Sex- Educator Day! This is a thank you for all…

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Cultural Norms When It Comes to “The Talk”

Date: February 16th, 2012
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Healthy Teen Network

Research shows that parent-adolescent communication about sex can protect against risky sexual behaviors in teens. So what happens to those who, by cultural nature, do not receive such warnings? Know a teen of Latino or Asian immigrant parents? Did you know that you might be the ONLY person who talks to them about sexual development?…

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Free Will for All?

Date: February 13th, 2012
By:

Bob Reeg

Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are required to pay for preventative care services—including birth control. The administration announced late January that churches and houses of worship would be exempt from providing free birth control coverage to their employees. The First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens from a government establishment of religion,…

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What’s in a Ribbon?

Date: February 8th, 2012
By:

Gina Desiderio

Last week, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced Planned Parenthood would no longer be eligible to receive grants to provide breast cancer screenings to women. After a tremendous backlash against Komen, and an outpouring of support for Planned Parenthood, Komen reversed its decision, announcing that Planned Parenthood would again be eligible for grant applications. In…

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New Year, New You?

Date: February 1st, 2012
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Guest Blog Post by Claire Swinburn Are you still on track to achieving your New Year’s resolutions?   One of the biggest stumbling blocks we face when trying to achieve goals that we set is our thinking! Our thinking is better described as our mental chatter. Well, our mental chatter often works against us when…

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Teens Delivering Important Messages, Peer to Peer

Date: January 19th, 2012
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Teens P.A.C.T. Peer Leaders Guest Blog Post by Michele Perlman Research supports peer education: messages have a higher likelihood of getting through—and changing attitudes and behaviors—when recipients believe that the messengers are similar to themselves. This phenomenon is especially prevalent among teens. Despite the fact that this is common knowledge among youth providers, it’s not…

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Seeking Validation: A Former Teen Parent’s Journey

Date: January 10th, 2012
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Guest Blog Post by Todaé Charles Growing up as a teen parent, I was fearful. I had my four children when I was 13, 15, 17, and 19 years old. Because I was so young, I thought people would try to take my children away from me. As I grew up and raised my family,…

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