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Advocates for Youth, 2015
Decades of research have identified dozens of programs that are effective in helping young people reduce their risk for pregnancy, HIV, and STDs. These evidence-based programs utilize strategies that include the provision of accurate, honest information about abstinence as well as contraception and can serve as the foundation for comprehensive sex…
Descriptors: Sex Education, Health Behavior, Intervention, Pregnancy
Bridges, Emily; Hauser, Debra – Advocates for Youth, 2014
As they grow up, young people face important decisions about relationships, sexuality, and sexual behavior. The decisions they make can impact their health and well-being for the rest of their lives. Young people have the right to lead healthy lives, and society has the responsibility to prepare youth by providing them with comprehensive sexual…
Descriptors: Sex Education, Health Promotion, Health Behavior, Decision Making
Edwards, Orain; Peterson, Nicholas – Advocates for Youth, 2013
Young people ages 10-24 account for 25 percent of the world's population: a total of 1.8 billion, most of whom are living in low- and middle-income countries. They face significant challenges, including HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), adolescent pregnancy, unsafe abortion, and gender-based violence. Youth have the right to lead…
Descriptors: Preadolescents, Adolescents, Young Adults, Youth Programs
Gautam, Sulava – Advocates for Youth, 2012
Schools are in a unique position to provide their students comprehensive health services and referrals to community-based health centers, due to their accessibility to students and their ability to provide health education targeted specifically for young people. Schools have the important responsibility of addressing the needs of students by…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Health Education, Youth, Integrated Services
Phillip, Jendayi – Advocates for Youth, 2012
The Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (S. 1782/H.R. 3324), introduced in November 2011 by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), would ensure that federal funding is allocated to comprehensive sexual health education programs that provide young people with the skills and information they need to make informed,…
Descriptors: Health Education, Sex Education, Federal Legislation, Educational Legislation
Huberman, Barbara – Advocates for Youth, 2011
Whether you are someone new to the field of sex education, trying to start a library or resource center on adolescent sexual health, or an old pro, this guide should give you a basic orientation to what's available to support your work. These resources are important to advancing positive attitudes toward adolescent sexual health and the author…
Descriptors: Sex Education, Audiences, Video Technology, Resource Materials
Gautam-Adhikary, Sulava D. – Advocates for Youth, 2011
Comprehensive sexuality education programs are based on the idea that young people have the right to be informed about their sexuality and to make responsible decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. Despite demonstrating the ability to help youth delay the onset of sexual activity, reduce frequency and number of sexual partners, and…
Descriptors: Sexuality, Sex Education, Youth, Decision Making
Bridges, Emily; Alford, Sue – Advocates for Youth, 2010
Several recent studies have shown that healthy teens generally do better in school than their less healthy peers. Teens may have little control over some factors--such as chronic illness--that may contribute to their poor health and difficulties in school. However, when armed with accurate information and skills, teens can eliminate or minimize…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Pregnancy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Sex Education
Lagina, Nicholas – Advocates for Youth, 2010
When young people feel unconnected to home, family, and school, they may become involved in activities that put their health at risk. However, when parents affirm the value of their children, young people more often develop positive, healthy attitudes about themselves. Although most adults want youth to know about abstinence, contraception, and…
Descriptors: Sex Education, Youth, Parents, Sexuality
Sampson, Melodi – Advocates for Youth, 2010
Nearly one third of Nigeria's total population of 148.1 million is between the ages of 10 and 24. Nigerian adolescents' sizeable share of the population makes them integral to the country's social, political and economic development. Nigeria's development is compromised by the sexual and reproductive health issues afflicting its youth. Lack of…
Descriptors: Prevention, Pregnancy, Foreign Countries, Sexuality
Umbro, Elizabeth – Advocates for Youth, 2009
Science-Based Approaches (SBAs) have a number of specific characteristics. First, the development and implementation of an SBA must be fully informed by rigorous research. Second, an SBA must use strategies accepted in the scientific community as thorough and reliable. Third, the evaluation of an SBA must have shown it to be effective in achieving…
Descriptors: Pregnancy, Youth Programs, Advocacy, Prevention
Alford, Sue; Huberman, Barbara – Advocates for Youth, 2009
Despite recent declines in teen pregnancy, U.S. teen birth and sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates remain among the highest in the western world. Given the need to focus limited prevention resources on effective programs, Advocates for Youth undertook exhaustive reviews of existing research to compile a list of the programs proven effective…
Descriptors: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Family Planning, Community Programs, Pregnancy
Advocates for Youth, 2009
Since 1997 the federal government has invested more than $1.5 billion dollars in abstinence-only programs--proven ineffective programs which censor or exclude important information that could help young people protect their health. In fact, until recently, programs which met a strict abstinence-only definition were the only type of sex education…
Descriptors: Contraception, Sex Education, Pregnancy, Federal Government
Alford, Sue, Comp. – Advocates for Youth, 2009
U.S. teen pregnancy and birth rates remain among the highest in the western world. And although Latina teens were the only group to experience a decline in birth rate between 2006 and 2007, they continue to experience the highest rates in most states and across the nation. About half of all Latina teens experience pregnancy before they reach their…
Descriptors: Sex Education, Females, Outreach Programs, Prevention
Keshav, Dimple; Huberman, Barbara – Advocates for Youth, 2006
In recent years, important changes in public policies and attitudes have resulted in improved opportunities for people with physical and mental disabilities. Now, people living with disabilities assume their rightful place in society as the equals of non-disabled people. Unfortunately, societal attitudes have changed less in regard to "sexuality"…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Sexuality, Cognitive Ability, Sex Education