Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group

The Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group (ASHWG) is an organized collaborative of governmental and non-governmental organizations to promote and protect the sexual and reproductive health of youth in California. ASHWG is comprised of program managers from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), California Department of Education (CDE), and key non-governmental organizations (NGO) committed to working more effectively to address the sexual and reproductive health of California adolescents.


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This resource list was put together by the Tools and Training committee of ASHWG to help district administrators, teachers, parents or others seeking current resources for implementing comprehensive sexual health education in California.

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How young is too young to start discussing explicit images with my kids?

By Vanessa Kellam, Health Connected Many parents agree – children require guidance on the topic of pornography. Philosophically, most assert that it should happen within the home, first and foremost. Parents provide a moral context for formal education about sexual health, relationships, drugs, alcohol, and other risk-related behaviors. It makes good sense to educate their own […]

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Do I really need to talk to my child about porn?

By Vanessa Kellam, Health Connected Adults are standing in two groups, each at opposite sides of the room. Some stand confidently, with their “game face” on. Others shift from foot to foot, trying to avoid eye contact, clearly uncomfortable with the exercise.  I’m facilitating an activity requiring parents to respond to a series of statements, […]

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#LetsTalkMonth: A Pressure Valve for This Moment

When it comes to sexual health, we are currently living through what history will recognize as a significant moment for human rights. Looking through young people’s eyes, all that is happening in our country and throughout our state must be jarring: #MeToo revelations are being revealed at a record pace, including the most recent headline-making […]

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Goal 1:

To improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes and health equity among California youth.

Goal 2:

To increase access to exemplary sexual health education among California youth.

Goal 3:

To increase access to sexual and reproductive health services among California youth

Goal 4:

To promote positive youth development and healthy relationships among California youth

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