The overwhelming exposure to hyper-sexualized content on and offline in the current culture without a holistic, systematic education that promotes optimal (physical, emotional, and social) health leaves youth vulnerable to facing various risks that impact their future outcomes.
CDC 2018 reports half of newly diagnosed STI cases diagnosed from the age group 15-24
Teen sex is connected to teen pregnancy, poverty, low school attainment, and low future economic success
There’ a strong correlation between Adverse Childhood Experiences, teen sexual behaviors, and adolescent pregnancy
Early sexual behaviors set a pattern for later ones
Teens engaged in sexual risks are more likely to engage in other risky behaviors such as drinking, smoking, and using drugs
Teen sexual abuse and victimization is more likely to be experienced by youth engaged in teen sex
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A healthy future for youth depends on building a healthy sense of self, self-efficacy, self-regulation and healthy relationship skills. They also need caring family and care givers who are committed to building protective factors and who can support and encourage their risk avoidance choices and goal setting commitments. Given the overwhelming research that early sexual debut and teen sex leads to so many risks, an access to a primary prevention education that is holistic, systematic, skill-based, and evidence based is necessary.
California Youth Partnership offers nationally recognized programs that effectively trains and empowers youth to avoid risks and build protective factors for their successful future. We offer varied programs that meet all youth population: low to high risks.
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