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What’s Next in the Endless Attack on Our Rights and Freedoms? 

What’s Next in the Endless Attack on Our Rights and Freedoms? 

Our freedom, our rights, are being restricted by a radical minority that does not represent the majority of Americans. By Gina Desiderio June 27, 2022Like many of you, here at Healthy Teen Network, we’re feeling the weight of the Supreme Court decision last week to...

Sex Ed? On TikTok?

Sex Ed? On TikTok?

It's more likely than you think.By Sam AkersMay 20, 2022Kids these days are all about TikTok, and I’ll admit it, I’m into it too! From watching morning routines to dances to Lizzo’s newest song, I love a good scroll. Social media provides a platform where people can...

The Power of the Anonymous Question Box

The Power of the Anonymous Question Box

There’s a reason just about every sex ed program uses a question box. By Mackenzie Piper May 12, 2022The first session of each new sex ed program typically looks the same—an ice breaker of some sort, creating and signing onto group agreements, a first activity to get...

May Is National Sex Ed for All Month

May Is National Sex Ed for All Month

 Community Leaders, Parents, and Guardians Lend Their Voice to Promote #SexEdForAllMay 2, 2022For Immediate ReleaseB altimore, MD — May is Sex Ed For All Month, a time parents, guardians, teachers,  community leaders, and advocates call on local school boards,...

Sex Education Is Essential

Sex Education Is Essential

Together, by advocating in our communities, we can ensure Sex Ed for All.April 27, 2022As April winds down, and as we look ahead to the start of May next week, we wanted to take a moment to share with you the history behind May as Sex Ed for All Month. We also wanted...

Reclaiming Your Sexuality After Trauma

Reclaiming Your Sexuality After Trauma

This Sexual Assault Awareness Month, let’s emphasize survivors' right to joy and pleasure after sexual trauma.By Mariah CowsertApril 15, 2022I remember learning about it during welcome week at my tiny liberal arts college in the form of cheesy skits about preventing...

May Is Sex Ed for All Month!

May Is Sex Ed for All Month!

#SexEdForAll is an opportunity to adjust the lens through which we have historically viewed adolescent sexual and reproductive health and address more holistically the sex ed young people deserveMarch 25, 2022The seasons are changing, and May will be here before you...

Comprehensive Means Intersectional: Moving Sex Education Forward

Comprehensive Means Intersectional: Moving Sex Education Forward

If youth don’t have equal access to comprehensive sex ed, then it is not intersectional. And it’s on us to change that. March 10, 2022Intersectional sex ed is possible, but what does that mean? Sex ed should be as robust and diverse as young people are today. And it’s...

Would you like FRIES with that?

Would you like FRIES with that?

Sexting and digital consent are important topics to discuss with young peopleBy Allison Tomai Felsen February 17, 2022A study published in 2018 by JAMA Pediatrics found that sexting is becoming a more common practice among youth: about 1 in 7 adolescents reported that...

3 Instagram Accounts to Follow to Learn about Reproductive Justice

3 Instagram Accounts to Follow to Learn about Reproductive Justice

Social media can be more than algorithms and explore pages—it can be a spring board into action, a connecting place for activists, and a place for inspiration and growth.  By Sam AkersFebruary 3, 2022As a Gen Z’er who has been scrolling Instagram for years, I’ve come...

Get the Shot(s): HPV Vaccine Resources for Parents

Get the Shot(s): HPV Vaccine Resources for Parents

HPV vaccine resources to break down science with humor and honest answersBy Gina Desiderio January 20, 2022When it's time for their annual physical, the first question my kids ask me is if they have to get a shot. It's been a while since they've been due for one of...

We Found Love in a COVID Place

We Found Love in a COVID Place

Alexa, play We Found Love by Rihanna ft. Calvin HarrisBy Mariah CowsertJanuary 13, 2022It all started with a message on a dating app. Once our conversations got longer, we moved from messaging in the app to texting then after a fun phone call about life and how we...

Say Hello to Mackenzie!

Say Hello to Mackenzie!

Mackenzie Piper has joined Deb, Sam, and Valerie in the Capacity Building and Evaluation Department! December 16, 2021Mackenzie Piper is passionate about all young people having access to comprehensive and inclusive sexual health information and services. She joined...

Essential Tips You Need to Teach LGBTQ+-Inclusive Sex Ed

Essential Tips You Need to Teach LGBTQ+-Inclusive Sex Ed

All students deserve to learn in an inclusive and affirming space.By Allison Tomai Felsen December 9, 2021Did you know that out of the 29 states that require sex ed to be taught in school, only 17 states require the inclusion of LGBTQ+ topics? GLSEN’s National School...

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Virtual Conferences

5 Tips for Getting the Most Out of Virtual Conferences

I’ve asked our team members at Healthy Teen Network what they do to get in the groove of virtual conferences and their answers may shock you! By Mariah CowsertOctober 12, 2021Have you attended a virtual conference during the pandemic and found yourself more distracted...

Are You Ready to Rock?

Are You Ready to Rock?

Just in time for back to school, check out these 4 ways to revitalize your sex ed this year! September 15, 2021To kick off a new school year, the Sex Education Collaborative brings us expert advice from LeKara Simmons, one of the Sex Education Collaborative members,...

Say Hello to Sam!

Say Hello to Sam!

Join us in welcoming Sam to the Healthy Teen Network family! By Deborah Chilcoat, MEd September 2, 2021How is it possible that rays of sunshine actually radiate through my monitor when I have Zoom meetings with our newest staff person, Sam Akers? Sam AkersSam joined...

#HealthyTeen21 Is Almost Here!

#HealthyTeen21 Is Almost Here!

Not just another virtual event...get the PD you want, succinctly but concretely, with clear action steps to put content in practice.August 26, 2021#HealthyTeen21 is not about revisiting what people have done in the past; it is about taking a leap into the future of...

To be or not to be (on camera)?  That is the question….

To be or not to be (on camera)? That is the question….

Quick tips to build motivation to turn the camera on.By Valerie Sedivy, PhD July 15, 2021By far, the most common challenge we hear from facilitators working in virtual settings is that young people do not want to be on camera. There are so many reasons why this might...

GSAs Are Where LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Come Together

GSAs Are Where LGBTQ+ Youth & Allies Come Together

With more youth feeling free to live their authentic sexualities and build relationships that reflect that, it’s up to educators and youth-supporting professionals to keep up momentum for supporting LGBTQ+ young people in schoolsBy Mariah CowsertJune 30, 2021Growing...

I’m Just a Bill: The Untold Story

I’m Just a Bill: The Untold Story

I’m Just a Bill covers how a legislative bill makes its way to law. As a public policy advocacy practitioner for over 30 years, let me just say that how a bill becomes a law is more complicated than the short film conveys.  By Bob Reeg, MPA, CVA June 3, 2021The I’m...

Adolescents & the COVID-19 Vaccine

Adolescents & the COVID-19 Vaccine

Well visits are a good venue for routine and COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as a variety of important screenings and assessmentsMay 19, 2021 With the decline in routine pediatric immunizations and well-child visits during the COVID-19 pandemic, Healthy Teen Network...

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