Public Policy Tools

These advocacy tools may support you in your policy and advocacy efforts:

Federal Budget Planning Exercise

There is widespread agreement that the sizes of the federal government budget deficit and national debt have spiraled well beyond the point of long-term sustainability. Actions expected by the President and Congress to reduce the federal budget deficit and slow the national debt will have profound effects on the youth and families that Healthy Teen Network members and allies support, and the organizations that serve them.
As part of our overall policy education and advocacy effort around the federal budget, Healthy Teen Network has developed this federal budget scenario planning exercise.  Through this exercise we aim to raise our members’ awareness of potential directions that the President and Congress may take regarding the federal budget; encourage their reflection on how those directions may affect their target populations and organizations; and stimulate their preparation for whichever scenario comes to pass.

Government Publishing Office (GPO)

GPO Access is a service of the U.S. Government Publishing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government.

A Brief History of Federal Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Funding

Government funding of abstinence-only-until-marriage programs is not new. In fact, the federal government has poured taxpayer money into such programs for almost a quarter century. SIECUS has compiled a history of federal AOUM funding.

Center for Adolescent Health and the Law (CAHL)

The Center for Adolescent Health & the Law (CAHL) is a national organization that works exclusively to promote the health of adolescents and their access to comprehensive health care. The Center provides information and analysis, publications, consultation, and training to health professionals, policy makers, researchers and advocates who are working to protect the health of our adolescents and young adults.

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) conducts research, provides policy analysis, advocates at the federal and state level, and offers information and technical assistance on a range of family policy and equal justice issues for our audience of federal, state, and local policymakers; advocates; researchers; and the media.

Community Action Kit

Created by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), this community action kit offers advice on how to advocate for comprehensive sexuality education. provides legislative information from the Library of Congress.

Every Child Matters

The Every Child Matters website is a great resource to learn about the presidential candidates’ schedules and positions on children’s issues, to see our latest reports and polls, and to get ideas from other states on making children a priority in an election.

How to Write a Letter to the Editor and an Opinion Editorial

This resource, from Zero to Three, can be used as a guide to writing a letter to the editor or an opinion editorial (op-ed). this can be a useful way to share your knowledge about teen pregnancy and teen parenting issues with the local community and policymakers.

National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health

Health system reform presents an important opportunity for preventing and better managing physical, behavioral, and reproductive health conditions that are common in adolescence and can have lifelong consequences. The National Alliance to Advance Adolescent Health urges Congress to consider coverage expansions under Medicaid and CHIP, benefit and payment improvements, grant programs to support interdisciplinary models of primary care, and funds to improve training for adolescent health providers.

Pro-Choice Public Education Project (PEP)

The Pro-Choice Public Education Project is dedicated to engaging young women on their terms around the critical issue of reproductive justice, and is guided by a Young Women’s Leadership Council along with a team of dedicated staff.

In October 2008, PEP released On Our Terms: Young Women of Color, Reproductive Justice, and Activism, which details their methodology, findings, and recommendations for their reproductive justice allies. This report was designed as a tool not only for activists working with young women of color, but also for the young women themselves who are advocating for their own reproductive health and rights.


The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) provides latest information on policy updates, state profiles, legislative reports, action kits and more.


Stateline is an online tool for timely tips and research material on state policy innovations and trends to help nourish public debate of important state-level issues such as healthcare, tax and budget policy, the environment, welfare reform and other issues. is the website of the U.S. President and Administration.

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