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Go Ask Alice! is Columbia University’s health Q&A Internet resource. There are six category pages of questions answered —Alcohol & Other Drugs, Emotional Health, Fitness and Nutrition, General Health, Relationships, and Sexual and Reproductive Health. The goal of Go Ask Alice! is to keep readers inquisitive, informed, and healthy.

This resource is good for educators, young people who have questions, and organizations that work with young people. This resource is also valuable to parents.

To read more about Go Ask Alice! click here. 

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Center for Young Women’s Health

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The mission of Young Women’s Health is to help teen girls, their parents, teachers, and health care providers improve their understanding of normal health and development, as well as of specific diseases and conditions. The site provides health guides in English and Spanish, health-related quizzes, and an Ask Us section.

To read more about the Center for Young Women’s Health, click here. 

Answer: Sex Ed, Honestly

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Answer provides honest, accurate answers about sex in response to the many questions teens and adult professionals have about this complex topic. Answer has provided high-quality training to teachers and other youth-serving professionals. Answer also uses peer-to-peer communication to offer sexuality education directly to teens through the teen-written Sex, Etc. magazine and website.

To find out more about Answer, click here. 

Scarleteen

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Scarleteen is an independent, grassroots sexuality education and website geared towards young people in their teens and 20s. Their website provides articles, guides, factsheets, in-depth advice answers, extensive external resource lists and a collective blog written by young people.

Topics addressed include:

  • bodies
  • gender
  • sexual identity
  • relationships
  • sex & sexuality
  • sexual health
  • pregnancy & parenting
  • abuse & assault
  • sexual politics
  • questions and answers

Go to Scarleteen Website

Make It Better Project

The Make it Better Project was launched in 2010 by the Gay-Straight Alliance Network in order to provide youth and adults concrete tools to make schools safer for LGBT students.

“The Make it Better Project aims to educate, motivate, and unite students and adults to effectively take action to stop bullying and harassment in schools based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity”

The website provides ideas and information for youth to increase LGBT awareness and community at the school level and at state and national levels.  There are also resources for parents, teachers and school administrators, and adult supporters who want to take a stand against bullying and advocate for LGBT youth and their rights.

There are also resources for individuals who want support or need to speak to someone in a confidential manner about LGBT issues.

You can connect with the Make it Better Project via their blogFacebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Flickr.

Web Sexual Health Resources You Can Use (2008)

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This handy PDF, “Web Sexual Health Resources You Can Use,” was compiled by Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) and contains websites and resources in order to allow you to learn more about science-based programs, lesson plans and teaching strategies, training and curriculum development, research and youth health statistics, and services.

See below for a brief list of the resources.  Links have also been updated (Jan 2014).

Science-Based Programs

Free Lesson Plans and Teaching Strategies

Training and Curriculum Development

Research and Youth Health Statistics

Services

Link to PDF of “Web Sexual Health Resources You Can Use”

Resources for Families on Parent-Child Communication (2005)

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“Resources for Families on Parent-Child Communication,” published by Advocates for Youth, provides a list of resources and materials to help parents begin talking with their children about sex. Resources are organized within the categories of web sites for parents, web sites for young people, books and videos, and organizations.

All print materials can be ordered from local bookstores or via Advocate for Youth’s website.

 

Link to PDF of “Resources for Families on Parent-Child Communication.”

Link to webpage listing the resources that is more computer-friendly

Advocates for Youth

Advocates for Youth, established in 1980, aims to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive rights.  They focus on working with young people ages 14-25 in the U.S. and abroad and treat young people as a valuable resource.

Advocate for Youth’s Rights. Respect. Respnsibility (3Rs) Core Values:

RIGHTS: Youth have the right to accurate and complete sexual health information, confidential reproductive and sexual health services, and a secure stake in the future.

RESPECT: Youth deserve respect. Valuing young people means involving them in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies that affect their health and well-being.

RESPONSIBILITY: Society has the responsibility to provide young people with the tools they need to safeguard their sexual health, and young people have the responsibility to protect themselves from too-early childbearing and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

Their website contains information such as:

They also publish a variety of publications ranging from topics such as “Peer Education” to “State Facts” and “Abstinence Only Programs.”

You can connect with Advocates for Youth via Facebook, Twitter, & Tumblr

Sexuality Education for Youth with Disability or Chronic Illness: A Resource List

This comprehensive resource list, compiled by the University of Michigan Health System, provides information relating to sexual issues affecting youth with disabilities or chronic conditions.

Providing clear and accurate information to youths with disabilities is important–

“Young people with disabilities are no different from other kids in their need to understand their bodies and relationships; they, too, need to understand how their bodies work, and may have romantic longings and sexual interests. The following resources cover the many aspects of disability, love, sex and puberty in a responsible, open and affirming manner.”

The resource list is includes many web resources, print resources and information about organizations.  You can also ask questions about this topic.

Click here for a link to “Sexuality Education for Youth with Disability or Chronic Illness: A Resource List”

Sexuality Education for Students with Disabilities

The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities provides a list of sexual education resources for children and youths with disabilities.

This includes information on:

Link to “Sexuality Education for Students with Disabilities”

The Teen Parenting Service Network (TPSN) (Illinois)

The Teen Parenting Service Network (TPSN) works exclusively with pregnant and parenting youth in Illinois Department of Children and Family Services care throughout Illinois. The Teen Parenting Service Network provides an array of service to youth in care and can link youths to professionals who can assist with case management, education, parenting classes and support groups.

In addition to providing resources for pregnant and parenting youth, the website also provides resources and information about education, money & job search, housing, life skills, healthy living, and the legal system.

Click here to go to the Teen Parenting Service Network website

Bricks, Mortar, and Community: The Foundations of Supportive Housing for Pregnant and Parenting TeensThe Core Components of Supportive Housing for Pregnant & Parenting Teens (2010)

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This resource complied by the Healthy Teen Network and Child Trends hopes to identify a set of core components for supportive housing programs serving pregnant and parenting youth and review case studies of organizations and programs that meet these standards.  The Healthy Teen Network and Child Trends worked with a national advisory group, utilized quantitative and qualitative survey methods and developed case studies of programs showing a strong implementation of the core components in order to compile this information.

The resource first provides a background introduction of the current data regarding pregnant and parenting teens and then a very detailed explanation of each of the five Core Components.

The five Core Components are:

  1. Supports and Resources to Promote Self-Sufficiency
  2. Supports and Resources to Promote Housing Stability
  3. Supports and Resources to Promote Financial Stability
  4. Supports and Resources to Promote Successful and Engaged Parenting and Attachment
  5. Supports and Resources to Promote Healthy Relationships

The Core Components can support pregnant and parenting youth so that they can both thrive as individuals and as parents.  Promoting self-sufficiency, housing stability, financial stability, successful and engaged parenting and attachment and healthy relationship provides a well-rounded education approach for these teens and can help them transition to independent living.  A list of resources is also included at the end.

Citation:

Barry, M., Desiderio, G., Ikramullah, E., Manlove, J., Max, J. and Scott, M. Bricks, Mortar, and Community:  The Foundations of Supportive Housing for Pregnant and Parenting TeensThe Core Components of Supportive Housing for Pregnant & Parenting Teens. 2010.

Link to “Bricks, Mortar, and Community:  The Foundations of Supportive Housing for Pregnant and Parenting TeensThe Core Components of Supportive Housing for Pregnant & Parenting Teens.” (PDF)

Helping Pregnant and Parenting Teens Find Adequate Housing

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In 2002, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S Department of Justice estimated that there are 1,682,900 homeless and runaway youth under eighteen years of age in the United States. Of this number, anywhere from 6 to 22% are pregnant. This means that there could potentially be almost 400,000 homeless and pregnant young women in this country.

Understanding the resources available and law applicable to young parents to assist them in finding adequate housing is one way to help address the problem of homlessness among adolescent parents in the United States today.

The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law and Healthy Teen Network collaborated to develop an overview of housing-related legal policy issues with which advocates for young families should be familiar. This is merely a guide to some of the legal and policies avenues that are available for pregnant parenting teens seeking housing supports. It is not exhaustive and should not be construed as legal advice.

Some programs to obtain housing assistance include:

  • Section 8
  • Family Unification Program
  • Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program
  • Maternity Group Homes
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
  • Transitional Housing
  • Extended Support for Foster  Youth

The guide provides details about each program and provides other information regarding finding housing for youth.

To view the full document click below:

Helping Pregnant and Parenting Teens Find Adequate Housing

For more resources from Health Teen Network visit their website: www.healthyteennetwork.org

Answer: Sex Ed, Honestly

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Answer, a national organization based in New Jersey (affiliated with Rutgers University), provides sexual health education training to teachers and youth-serving professionals and also offer peer-to-peer sexual health education directly to teens through their teen written magazine and website, Sex,Etc.

They offer:

You can connect with Answer via Facebook, Twitter, and their Blog

You can also contact them if you have questions or suggestions.

HPV Fact Sheet (2014)

This fact sheet, published by the Centers for Disease Control, provides information about Human papillomavirus (HPV).  Information about symptoms, prevalence, treatment, HPV & cancer and vaccination are included.

Link to CDC’s HPV Fact Sheet

There are additional HPV fact sheets that focus on specific topics as well:

Link to HPV and Oropharyngeal Cancer Fact Sheet

Link to Making Sense of Your Pap and HPV Test Results Fact Sheet

Link to HPV Vaccine Information For Young Women Fact Sheet

Link to HPV Vaccine Information for Clinicians Fact Sheet