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Resources for Youth

GET REAL. GET INFORMED.

You’ve probably learned about sex from a variety of sources, including friends, the Internet, TV, music, movies, etc. There are lots of interesting claims out there. But what’s truth and what’s fiction? Here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions and websites that can help provide some answers.

Have questions about sexuality? Check out one of these great resources to get your questions answered!

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Advocacy 

  • Advocates for Youth provides high school and college students with the resources they need to make a difference in their communities. They have everything from advocacy toolkits for students, sex education curriculum, and groups to join to help your activism! 
  • DoSomething.Org is a youth-led organization supporting and encouraging young people to make a change in the world. Their website provides tools, resources, and volunteer opportunities to put ideas into action. Young people even qualify for scholarships and other incentives when they volunteer! 

  • Ashoka Youth Venture encourages young people to fulfill their dreams and make a lasting impact on their school and community. Check out their website to get involved! 

  • Respect(Ed) Peer Education Program offers sex and consent education using peer education tools. Their goal is to provide resources, support, and advocacy for students looking to implement these types of programs at their own schools and in their communities. If you’re interested in starting or advocating for sex education at your school, get in contact with them!

Sexual Health

  • We might be biased, but we think The Planned Parenthood Federation of America Education website offers some helpful insight into sexuality, consent, going to the doctor, and relationship. This is a great place to start if you’re looking for a website that offers answers to your general questions about sexuality! 
  • Bedsider is an online birth control support network for young people operated by Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy. Bedsider publishes articles and provides information on where to access birth control, working to ensure that every young person has the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant.

  • Sex, Etc. is a website, magazine, and newsletter produced for teens by teens. Writers take on different angles of preventing pregnancy, disease transmission, getting and giving consent, and healthy relationships. 

  • Scarleteen describes itself as sex education for the real world. They’ve been providing information regarding sexuality, sexual health, and relationships since 1998 through blog posts, messaging boards, and text/chat services. If you’re looking for in-depth information regarding a specific topic, Scarleteen probably has an article about it! 

  • The Coalition for Positive Sexuality provides teens with honest information that they need to make responsible decisions about sex and supports them in advocating for honest sex education. Find the answers to your questions and more here, and also check out the forum for teens to talk about sex with each other! 

  • Sponsored by the American Social Health Association, I Wanna Know provides information on various topics having to do with healthy sexuality. 

  • That’s Not Cool is a national public education initiative that partners with young people to help raise awareness and bring educational and organizing tools to communities to address dating violence, unhealthy relationships, and digital abuse. Visit their website to get more information about what constitutes dating violence and to get involved! 

  • Love is Respect is a project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the ultimate resource to empower youth to prevent and end dating abuse. Their purpose is to engage, educate, and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships. They offer support, information, and advocacy opportunities to young people looking to get involved. They also have free and confidential phone, live chat, and texting services available. 

  • RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline in partnership with local sexual assault service providers across the country. They also have programs available to prevent sexual violence, protect survivor healing, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice. 

  • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ young people under 25 years old. They offer crisis interventions, suicide prevention training and resources, and community services. 

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