Position Statement

Healthy Teen Network  develops position statements on relevant issues for  youth as a way to make clear to our varied audiences what we stand for and as a resource to support our and your program development and public policy advocacy efforts.

We encourage you to adopt and adapt these position statements to suit your needs!




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

September 20, 2017

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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Position Statement: Health Promotion & The Social Determinants of Health


Healthy Teen Network believes that health promotion, or a holistic approach we call Youth 360⁰, is the best way to achieve positive health and well-being outcomes for all youth. How and where youth live, learn, and play matters. Health promotion is an approach that enables people to increase control over and improve their health, while…

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Position Statement: Educational Equity for Young People Who Are Pregnant & Parenting


position statement educational equity

Healthy Teen Networks supports educational equity and systems of support that aid young people who are pregnant and parenting to complete high school. When pregnant and parenting youth graduate from high school, they have an increased chance of seeking post-secondary education and being workforce prepared, and they have a reduced chance of living in poverty…

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

October 24, 2016

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 whole health. SRH services should be designed and delivered with consideration for young men. While young men may enjoy many privileges and opportunities by virtue…

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Position Statement: Human Trafficking


Healthy Teen Network supports the development and delivery of resources and services for youth who are victims and survivors of human trafficking. Healthy Teen Network calls upon all organizations that interact with youth, including hospitals, health centers, law enforcement agencies, child welfare agencies, juvenile justice authorities, youth-supporting organizations, and schools to screen youth to assess…

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

June 22, 2016

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: Sexuality Education


This position statement details our belief that that all young people should receive, with unfettered access, comprehensive sexuality education. Sexuality education curricula delivered to all people should be based in scientific theory and supported by an evidence base of effectiveness. Sexuality education should be integrated into all educational levels and programs and across the academic…

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