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Resources for Parents and Caregivers

  • Manual/materials for hard-to-handle topics – 

    Includes facts, activities and ideas for how to talk to students about topics including:

    • Abstinence, setting limits, reasons not to have sex
    • Condoms
    • Sexuality and diversity, stereotypes, disability, discrimination, etc.
    • Teen pregnancy, options, abortion, parenting
    • Safer sex, alcohol, dating and courtship, risk reduction
    • Sexual behavior, masturbation, decision-making, sex in our culture
    • Sexual identity and orientation
    • Sexuality and society, gender roles, stereotypes
  • SexualityResource Center for Parents –
    There are certain things that all parents need to know about sexual health, and it’s probably best to know these things before you start answering your child’s questions about sexual health or responding to their behaviors that seem sexual in nature. There are sections with information for parents of children with typical development, parents of children with developmental disabilities, and parents of children with physical disabilities.
  • Common Sense Media –
    From website: Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.
  • ANSWER –
    Answer believes parents are the most important sexual health educators for their children. It can be tough to talk about sexual health with your own children. Answer is here to help by providing links to books, organizations, web sites, and workshops that can support you in this critical role. There are lots of resources that can help you become more comfortable and confident talking with your children. Your children want to hear from you, so talk early and talk often.
  • Teen mental health information –
    With topics including:
    Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder Schizophrenia, Self-Injury/Selfpression, Brain Injury, Suicide, Healthy Sleep-Harm.

Resources for Students

  • Stay Teen –    
    From the website: The goal of Stay Teen is to encourage you to enjoy your teen years and avoid the responsibilities that come with too-early pregnancy and parenting. The more you know about issues like sex, relationships, abstinence, and birth control, the better prepared you’ll be to make informed choices for your future. We’re not telling you how to live your life…we just want to give you some food for thought and the latest facts. It’s up to you to make your own smart decisions.
  • It’s Your (Sex) Life –
    From the website: It’s Your (Sex) Life is MTV’s Emmy and Peabody Award-winning public information campaign to support young people in making responsible decisions about their sexual health. The campaign focuses on reducing unintended pregnancy, preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS, and open communication with partners and healthcare providers. IYSL was launched in 1997 with the Kaiser Family Foundation.

  • Scarleteen –
    From the website: Scarleteen is an independent, grassroots sexuality and relationships education and support organization that providing sex and relationships information and support for young people worldwide. They offer  online static content, interactive services referrals, other outreach, mentoring and leadership.
  • Iwannaknow – (also has a section for parents)
    From the website: offers information on sexual health for for teens and young adults. This is where you will find the facts, the support, and the resources to answer your questions, find referrals, and get access to in-depth information about sexual health, sexually transmitted infections (STDs), healthy relationships, and more.
  • TeensHealth from Nemours – (also has sections for parents and educators)
    Available in both English and Spanish, offers three different sites for parents, kids, and teens. Parents are given all-encompassing advice and information on their child’s wellbeing, starting from prenatal health. The kid friendly portion contains medically accurate games, movies and more to teach children about their body in a fun way. For the growing teen, this section has information on puberty, how to stay healthy and general life advice.
  • AMAZE –
    At AMAZE, our goal is to make sex ed approachable, engaging, and informative for very young adolescents, which is why our tagline is “More info. Less weird.” AMAZE—a collaboration between national sex education experts Advocates for Youth, Answer and Youth Tech Health—is a groundbreaking global initiative to provide young adolescents, their parents and educators with animated and often humorous videos about puberty, healthy relationships, consent and other important sex education topics.
  • ANSWER – 
    Answer provides high-quality training to teachers and other youth-serving professionals as well as using the power of peer-to peer communication to offer sexuality education directly to teens through their award-winning, teen-written Sex, Etc. magazine and website. They reflect a commitment to providing honest, accurate answers about sex in response to the many questions teens and adult professionals have about this complex topic.
  • Teen mental health information –
    A website designed to share information about mental health and provide resources that can help youths  understand mental health.

Resources for Parents as Sex Educators

  • Advocates for Youth –
    This section of Advocates for Youth’s web site contains all of the information and resources you need to begin talking with your children about sexual health.
  • Iwannaknow –
    Aims to give parents the tools they need to teach their children about sexual health. Sexual health is not just about sex–it includes the roles, behaviors and values people associate with being a man or a woman. Educating a child about sexual health is an important part of his or her healthy development. Their early understanding of sex, love, intimacy and their own sexuality can help mold their values, behavior, and even their self-image, for a lifetime.
  • Louisiana Public Health Institute –
    Includes information about LPHI’s programs related to programs related to building community capacity around primary care, behavioral health, reproductive and sexual health services and social service provision.
  • REAL – REAL’s mission is to improve adolescents’ access and utilization of comprehensive, accessible and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive healthcare services by enhancing knowledge, expanding training and growing advocacy capacity of current and future healthcare providers.

Resources for Educators

  • The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy –
    Prepare yourself to learn about your values, myths and facts, comprehensive sexual health education, how to manage diversity in the classroom, and how to manage sensitive issues. Prepare your class to set the tone of covering this topic with ground rules, characteristics of a healthy teen, and how to evaluate sexual health resources. Prepare parents and the community to create support, how to notify parents, and suggested parent letters in many languages. The instructional methods section provides many different strategies you can build into your lesson plans like role play, classroom discussion, small group, digital media, using the question box, and responding to questions. There are many examples of student questions that have already been answered.
  • Teaching Sexual Health –
    From the website: is an innovative website developed by Alberta educators and health professionals. We offer up-to-date, evidence-based information and strategies for teachers and educators teaching the Alberta Education Human Sexuality curriculum and for parents of children from birth up to 18 years of age. Our mission is to help teachers, educators, and parents achieve excellence in teaching sexual health.
  • SexEd Library –
    SexEdLibrary is the most comprehensive online sexual health education resource in the United States. Sexual health is like no other subject in our educational system today. Not only should the content be up to date and relevant, but the tools with which you teach it can be as important as the information itself. SexEdLibrary is designed to give you all of that—and more. SexEdLibrary is brought to you by SIECUS (the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States), a highly acclaimed resource for educators, counselors, administrators, and health professionals seeking the latest in sexual health research, lesson plans, and professional development opportunities. SIECUS has analyzed hundreds of lesson plans from multiple sources to offer easy access to the very best on such topics as sexual and reproductive health, puberty, abstinence, relationships, sexual orientation, body image, self-esteem, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, unintended pregnancy, and more. Sexual health is among life’s most critical lessons. Arm them well with the right information and make a lifetime of difference starting today.
  • ResourceCenter for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (ReCAPP) from ETR –
    Effective sexual health education programs require that educators employ a variety of teaching methods designed to involve youth and have them personalize the information and skills presented in the program. The Skills for Educators section of ReCAPP focuses on important educator skills that will enhance the implementation of a pregnancy prevention program. Each strategy includes a description of the instructional strategy and its components and tips for using the strategy effectively.
  • Lesson plans –
    Answer: sex ed, honestly—Answer believes that sexual health educators and other youth-serving professionals are important to young people’s health. Sexual health can be a challenging subject to teach. Answer provides online workshops, webinars, lesson plans, and other resources that can support educators in this critical role. There are a lot of resources that can help educators become more comfortable and confident talking with youth about sexual health. The youth that look up to you are looking for answers, so talk early and talk often.
  • Sex Education Resource Center –
    Sexual health educators play a vital role in providing young people with information they need to protect their health and futures. Whether you are someone new to the field of sexual health education or trying to stay abreast of the latest effective programs and resources, Advocates for Youth can help. Explore the Sex Ed Center for lesson plans, curricula, national standards, and state legislation.
  • Working to Institutionalize Sex Ed (WISE) –
    Through the course of the Working to Institutionalize Sex Ed (WISE) Initiative, the “WISE Method,” an iterative, dynamic approach to implementing sexual health education, emerged from the experience of the organizations participating in WISE. Informal sharing of successes, resources and tools led to the creation of the WISE Toolkit, which can be utilized by a larger community of practitioners. It is practice-based, rather than evidence-based, and does not aim to include every possible resource related to sex ed. Rather, it includes tools and practices successfully utilized by the organizations participating in WISE.
  • REAL – REAL’s mission is to improve adolescents’ access and utilization of comprehensive, accessible and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive healthcare services by enhancing knowledge, expanding training and growing advocacy capacity of current and future healthcare providers.

Resources for Policymakers

  • Sexuality Information & Education Council of the United States –
    The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) provides information on all types of education regarding sexual health as well as articles, fact sheet and resources on policy and more.
  • Why sex education matters –
    From the website: The WISE Method is most relevant for state-based or regional nonprofits or agencies who work with school districts to implement sex ed.  Large school districts will also find it useful when the district has a centralized health education program and the district staff work with individual buildings on sex education implementation.  Small districts or individual schools can also use the toolkit directly, but will likely modify and shorten the “Scan” phase.
  • Future of Sex Education (FOSE) –
    From Website: A partnership between Advocates for Youth, Answer, and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) that seeks to: to create a national dialogue about the future of sex education and to promote the institutionalization of comprehensive sexuality education in public schools. Providing facts and national standards on sexual education as well as tools and resources for the classroom.

Other Resources

  • Free and Low-Cost Clinic Locator for HIV testing, birth control, or an expert health provider –
    From website: If you’re looking for HIV testing, birth control, or an expert health provider to talk to, just type in your zip code (or use the location services on your mobile). Find the nearest free or low-cost health services today.
  • Let’s Talk month –
    From Website: Let’s Talk Month is a national public education campaign celebrated in October and coordinated by Advocates for Youth. Let’s Talk Month is an opportunity for community agencies, religious institutions, businesses, schools, media, parent groups and health providers to plan programs and activities which encourage parent/child communication about sexuality.
  • Youth Tech Health –
    Through blogs, projects and events, Youth Tech Health uses technology to enhance the healthy lives of youth and young adults.
  • Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies –
    From Website: IWES is a national, non-profit health organization, domiciled in New Orleans, formed to improve the physical, mental and spiritual health and quality of life for women of color and their families, particularly among those socio-economically disadvantaged. IWES works to translate community-driven research, information, advocacy and partnerships, into effective policy, trainings and programs that heal communities, reframe and build resilience, especially among those facing chronic adversity and structural inequities. This approach also provides a channel for the voices, perspectives, and experience of communities to be carried to agencies, institutions, and policy-makers.
  • Lift Louisiana –
    Lift Louisiana educates and trains women on health care issues in their community. Ultimately, inspiring and leading them to use their own voice to contact policy makers and break down barriers up against them.

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