Tag Archives: positive youth development

Creating Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth: A Toolkit

Summary: This pdf from Advocates for Youth is a handy guide for creating safe space for GLBTQ youth.  These youth face all types of harassment and challenges.  Research shows that homophobia and heterosexism greatly contribute to GLBTQ youth’s high rates of attempted and completed suicide, violence victimization, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy, and HIV associated risky […]

Programs that Work (2008)

Advocates for Youth is an organization that is Dedicated to creating programs and advocating for policies that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. The Science and Success (2nd ed. 2008): Sex Education and Other Programs That Work to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infections publication […]

Replicating Successful Programs (2006)

Plain Talk is a program developed by the Annie E Casey Foundation and was launched into five urban communities in 1993. The program is a neighborhood based initiative aimed at helping adults, parents, and community leaders develop the skills they need to communicate effectively with young people about reducing adolescent sexual risk taking. Plain Talk […]

K-12 Curricula Lessons about LGBTQ Diversity (2010)

The San Francisco Unified School District provides support services for LGBTQ youth and guidance for schools to provide curriculum for grades K-12 on diversity. The required curriculum for SF School systems includes: Elementary: Two lessons of family diversity per year Middle School: Seven periods of Diversity Education and Violence Prevention High School: Ten periods of Diversity Education […]

Sex, Etc. Magazine

Sex, Etc.  is an online and print resource written for teens by teens. With resources regarding: Birth Control Teen Pregnancy HIV/AIDS & STDs LGBTQ Relationships Abuse & Violence Your Body Sex To visit the website or to subscribe to the print magazine visit the Sex Etc  

I Think I Might Be Trans (2004)

  An indepth brochure providing rescources and guidance for teens from teens who identify as transgendered.  Topics include: What does transgendered mean? How do I know if I’m transgendered? Am I normal? What is it like to be a transgendered teen? Whom should I tell? What will happen when I come out? What does it […]

I Think I Might Be Lesbian (2001)

An indepth brochure for and by young women who identify as lesbian. Topics include: What does it mean to be lesbian? How do I know if I’m a lesbian? Am I normal? What it’s like to be young and a lesbian? How do I learn to like myself? Whom should I tell? How do I […]

I Think I Might Be Bisexual (2001)

  An indepth brochure for young adults by young adults who identify as bisexual. Topics include: How do I know if I’m bisexual? Am I normal? What is it like to be young and bisexual? How can I avoid HIV, STDs and involvement in unwanted pregnancy? Whom should I tell? How can I learn to […]

Positive Youth Development as a Strategy to Promote Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

“Positive Youth Development as a Strategy to Promote Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health” is an editorial of the research study titled “A Review of of Positive Youth Development Programs that Promote Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health,” which can be found in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Summary: The use of positive youth development (PYD) is a […]

A Review of Positive Youth Development Programs That Promote Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health

“A Review of Positive Youth Development Programs That Promote Adolescent Sexual & Reproductive Health” has an editorial titled “Positive Youth Development as a Strategy to Promote Adolescent and Reproductive Health” that can be used together. What is quoted below comes directly from the editorial, but is supported from the findings of this research study. Summary: […]

Connectedness as Predictor of Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes for Youth

Summary: In this article, connectedness, or bonding, meaning an emotional attachment to family, peers, school, community, and culture were explored. How it can positively encourage adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) is also discussed. Connectedness is also a key element in positive youth development programs (PYD). The eight connectedness sub-constructs analyzed were: family connectedness, parent–adolescent general […]

Confidence as a Predictor of Sexual and Reproductive Health Outcomes for Youth

Summary: This article assesses the association between four positive youth development (PYD) constructs of confidence and adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) outcomes. The four constructs are:  belief in the future, self-determination, clear and positive identity, and self-efficacy. According to this study, both belief in the future and self-determination were shown as protective factors for ASRH, while […]

No Place Like Home for Sex Education (2002)

  Changes in sexual attitudes, behaviors and lifestyles present parent’s with complex challenges they may meet when educating their children on the topics.  Sex Education is an important topic for parents, schools and communities to provide students.   The “There’s No Place Like Home… for Sex Education” (available in Spanish and English) guide provides guidance […]

Helping Parents Improve Adolescent Health (2007)

  Parents play a critical role in promoting adolescent health and development. An analysis of data from six cross-national studies, representing 53 different countries, found that parent-child relationships affect the likelihood of early sexual initiation, substance use, and depression among adolescents. The study recommends for programs that involve parents and adolescent health and development to […]

The Teen Years Explained: A Guide to Healthy Adolescent Development

Summary: The book, The Teen Years Explained, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Center for Adolescent Health, is meant to be a resource for youth advocates and youth advocate organizations in an effort to promote healthy development among teenagers. The four main ideas supported in this text are the following: (1) […]