LGBTQ Pride Month – June

Here in San Francisco, we are gearing up for Pride – the largest gathering of the LGBT community and allies in the nation – which occurs at the end of LGBT History month, each year in June. The city transforms into a display of rainbows on storefronts, street displays, and buildings illuminated in color, in […]

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The Importance of Peer Education: How a Planned Parenthood High-School Activist Served Her Community

Since our work revolves around youth health, we take pride in featuring the words of young people on our platforms at ASHWG. Today, we’ll be sharing an essay from a youth Peer Educator from  Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s (PPMM) education department. PPMM is a trusted source of sexual health information that is age-appropriate, medically accurate, […]

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How Young People In California Are Making A Difference As Peer Educators With Planned Parenthood

As our work intersects youth health, we take pride in featuring the words of young people on our platforms at ASHWG. Today, we’ll be sharing an essay from a youth Peer Educator from Planned Parenthood Mar Monte’s (PPMM) education department. PPMM is a trusted source of sexual health information that is age-appropriate, medically accurate, inclusive […]

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Accessing Sexual Health Services and Education in California: Youth Voices

California has some of the strongest laws protecting young people’s right to access sexual and reproductive health services and information. We wanted to learn more about the experiences that youth have had when accessing these services and how they think the California Healthy Youth Act, the most comprehensive sex education law in the country, will […]

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ASHWG Subcommittee Interview Series: Tools and Training

This blog post is a part of the Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group (ASHWG) Subcommittee Interview Series, where we feature an in-depth Q&A with each of our organizational working groups. This first installment features the Tools and Training subcommittee, which works to identify, create and make available quality training, tools and other resources for those […]

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Resource Alert: ASHWG Completes Review of Sex Ed Curricula

There is more reason than usual to celebrate the New Year! January 1st marked the one-year anniversary of the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA). Thanks to CHYA, comprehensive sexual health is mandated in California middle schools and high schools. Before schools can effectively practice the new law of the land in their classrooms, they need […]

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AMAZE Sex Education Video Series Is Making #MoreInfoLessWeird

What first comes to mind when you think about sex education? Do you picture an awkward gym teacher fear-mongering young teens with terrifying pictures of active STI infections? Textbooks with inaccurate, medically incorrect information that’s funded with your tax dollars (a sad truth)? Or, what about school administrators urging teens to take pledges of abstinence […]

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October is Let’s Talk Month!

For those of us invested in the wellness of adolescents, it’s impossible to ignore the important role that parents, caregivers and other trusted adults play in keeping them healthy and safe. This is particularly true when we are talking about sexual and reproductive health. Teens who feel like they can openly communicate with their parents […]

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CONTRACEPTION is KEY

Understanding the Decline in Adolescent Fertility in the United States

ABSTRACT Purpose: The decline in U.S. adolescent fertility has accelerated since 2007. Modeling fertility change using behavioral data can inform adolescent pregnancy prevention efforts. Methods: We used data on sexual activity and contraceptive use from National Surveys of Family Growth for young women 15e19 years of age, and contraceptive failure rates, to estimate a Pregnancy […]

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New report finds LGB youth experience more violence

Today, CDC released the first nationally representative data on the health risks of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) high school students. The report found that LGB youth experience substantially higher levels of physical and sexual violence, and bullying, and are at increased risk for suicide, and other serious negative outcomes. These data highlight the need […]

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