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Transition Age Youth Relationships and Sexual Health

Advocates for Youth Leaving OMH site 
Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.

What is Sexual Health? Leaving OMH site 
Often when we speak of adolescents, sex, and sexuality, we focus on what adults don't want young people to do. But sexuality is a normal, positive, and lifelong aspect of health and well-being, and it encompasses more than our behaviors.

Sexual Development Leaving OMH site 
Healthy sexual development involves biological, psychological, and socio-cultural processes. Like all aspects of adolescent development Leaving OMH site, sexual development occurs both within an individual and through interaction with the environment.

Love Notes Leaving OMH site 
For a growing number of teens and young adults, progress in school and in employment is derailed by unplanned pregnancy, single parenting, and troubled relationships. Love Notes was created for this audience, some of whom are already pregnant or parenting. In 15 lessons they discover, often for the first time, how to make wise choices about partners, sex, relationships, pregnancy, and more—choices that will help them stay on track for success

It is your (sex) Life Leaving OMH site
Tips for talking with your partner about sex, education on preventing pregnancy, information and guidance on sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and STD testing. Resources available include a comprehensive newsletter, the Hook Up - a weekly relationship advice column from MTVAct and an annual toolkit mailing list.

Planned Parenthood Leaving OMH site
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. They improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices.

World Health Organization (WHO): Sexual Health Leaving OMH site
WHO has been working in the area of sexual health since at least 1974, when they published a technical report entitled “Education and treatment in human sexuality.” Sexual health cannot be defined, understood or made operational without a broad consideration of sexuality, which underlies important behaviors and outcomes related to sexual health.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and unplanned Pregnancy Leaving OMH site
The mission of The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy is to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families and, in particular, to help ensure that children are born into stable, two-parent families who are committed to and ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation.

White Paper: Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Digital Age Leaving OMH site
Completed in 2011, the paper explores how youth, particularly youth of color, use technology for their sexual and reproductive health. Watch the video and then download the white paper.