Youth and Adolescent Services promote leadership, adolescent sexual health, pregnancy prevention, and assists youth and young parents to become healthy, self-sufficient, successful adults.
It’s achieved by developing, strengthening, and advancing clinically-proven policies and programs based on industry best practices. offers a wide range of youth development, professional, and community education services focused on adolescent pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, and sexually transmitted diseases.
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(See “Helpful Resources” at the bottom of this page for reliable resources of information on these subjects.)One key area to emphasize is that no one has the right to pressure your daughter or son to have sex.
Peer pressure — and the media pressure that often stimulates it — can be addressed by empowering your children with your belief in their ability to withstand such pressure, a sense of values that are more important than immediate gratification, and their absolute freedom to bring any concerns to you.
It is wholly natural for adolescents to have questions about sex and sexual identity.
That is much easier said than done for many parents, but that’s key to raising a healthy adolescent.”And don’t hesitate to discuss values, morals, and ethics with regard to sex — without lecturing, but with guidance.
By providing your child with a solid framework of information and values, you’ve taken a large step toward making sure that when he or she becomes sexually active it will be with the knowledge, preparation, and maturity that will mark the transition to sexual activity as an informed choice, not a risky accident.