Resources for Young People
It’s important to get the facts about sex, even if you’re not sexually active, so that you can make responsible choices about your life. It’s smart to protect yourself from unplanned pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases, and to make sure your relationships and your body are healthy.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky provides lots of resources for teens and young adults, from health services including birth control, pregnancy testing, STD testing and treatment, annual exams, condoms and other supplies, to information and education though our Resource Center and our youth programs. Our health centers serve people under 18 (parental permission or judicial bypass required for abortion services).
Whether you want to research a particular health topic for a school paper or presentation, schedule an educational session for your class, after-school club, or youth group, or ask a health-related question, we’re here to help.
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If you're researching a paper or presentation on a topic related to sexual health, our Resource Center offers fact sheets, books, videos, articles, models, posters, pamphlets and other resources to help. Many of the more than 2,000 items in our collection are available for borrowing. The Resource Center is open between 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and Friday, 9:00am to 1:00pm. Call (317) 637-4377 to schedule a visit.
Schedule an education session
Our educators are available to teach sessions on a wide variety of topics, at your school, after-school group, church, youth center, or elsewhere in your community. Email [email protected] to contact the educator closest to your area to find out more or schedule a session.
Links and Online Resources for Teens and Young Adults
TIPS - Teen Information Packet on Sexuality
I Wanna Know
Go Ask Alice: Columbia University’s health Q&A site for teens
Coalition for Positive Sexuality
OutProud, the National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth
Scarleteen: Sex Education for the Real World
Advocates for Youth
MTV.com: Fight for Your Rights: Protect Yourself
Questions about birth control, STDs, emergency contraception (EC), laws affecting teens' access to abortion or other sexual health issues? Planned Parenthood offers an online chat service to answer questions. If you have a time-sensitive question about emergency contraception or other health issues, please call your local Planned Parenthood health center at 1-800-230-PLAN.
Peer educators serve as a resource for others in their communities, answering questions about puberty, reproductive health, sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, relationships, and other sexuality and sexual health concerns. Young people aged 14-22 who successfully complete a comprehensive 40-hour training program are eligible to become Peer Educators, providing information to other youth in one-on-one consultations or group educational sessions. Peer Education provides youth the opportunity to develop valuable skills in leadership, public speaking, and community outreach.
Qualifications: Peer educators get along well with others, have good communication skills, the ability to make and keep commitments, the ability to work independently, good leadership skills, and feel comfortable with public speaking to others. Peer education groups currently exist in Indianapolis and Louisville.
Learn more about the Teen Council program in Indianapolis and Louisville.