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, teen pregnancy, and poverty are connected to low school attainment and 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. Despite the overwhelming research that highlights the risks and problems that hinder youth’s future outcome, access to a holistic and systematic, skill-based education that promotes optimal health is frequently not readily available.
Intentional efforts need to be made to make sexual risk avoidance education that promotes optimal health accessible to all youth and families. The programs need to be tailored to different youth populations depending on whether they are facing low or high risks. California Youth Partnership is dedicated exclusively to providing this type of prevention education to varied groups of youth and their families.
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