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So You Want to Be a Sex Educator: Wisdom and Advice from our Staff

So You Want to Be a Sex Educator: Wisdom and Advice from our Staff

Hear from a few Healthy Teen Network staff on how they got to this field and their advice for folks on this journey. By Sam Akers, MSWMay 9, 2024When you think of a sex educator, who do you think of? Maybe it’s a health teacher in front of a room of middle schoolers,...

Save the Date! May Is Sex Ed for All Month!

Save the Date! May Is Sex Ed for All Month!

Each May since 2019, Sex Ed for All Month is an opportunity to voice our shared commitment to a world where all young people get equitable access to the education and care they deserve. April 18, 2024The seasons are changing, and May will be here before you know it....

Sex Education Is Essential (Sex Ed for All Talking Points)

Sex Education Is Essential (Sex Ed for All Talking Points)

Together, by advocating in our communities, we can ensure Sex Ed for All.April 16, 2024As April starts to wind down, and as we look ahead to the start of May on the horizon, we wanted to take a moment to share with you the history behind May as Sex Ed for All Month....

5 Queer Sex Ed Resources by and for Young People

5 Queer Sex Ed Resources by and for Young People

Young people take the lead to reimagine building a society that centers their experiences. By Arianna de la ManchaApril 11, 2024I’m constantly in awe of young people who work collectively to fill the gaps in their sex education experiences. As someone approaching...

Quick Tips for Effective Presentations

Quick Tips for Effective Presentations

Straight from our trainers, these presentation tips will set you up for a fabulous presentation February 16, 2024You could say we’ve done this a few times. As a capacity-building organization, our staff are well versed in how to give an effective presentation. Here...

Stay in the Loop with our Shareable National Observances Calendar

Stay in the Loop with our Shareable National Observances Calendar

Stay up to date with our 2024 adolescent health national observances Google calendar!By Mariah CowsertJanuary 25, 2024When I first started working at Healthy Teen Network—now 3 years ago, almost to the day!—and started creating content for our social media channels, I...

Welcome, Bianca!

Welcome, Bianca!

We’re excited to have Bianca Devoto join our Innovation and Research Department! January 12, 2024We’re excited to have Bianca join Milagros, Patricia, Charlie Blue, Kaitlyn, and April in our Innovation and Research department as a Senior Manager. Bianca Devoto, MSPH,...

Why all Menstruating Students Deserve Dignified Self-Care

Why all Menstruating Students Deserve Dignified Self-Care

Young people—and all of us, really—deserve to live in a world that celebrates and does not stigmatize the topic of menstrual health and human growth. By Sasha Grenier, MPH, CHESDecember 14, 2023This October, I attended the #HealthyTeen23 conference to accept the...

So Long, Farewell!

So Long, Farewell!

EDITOR’S NOTE: The length of this post is in violation of my “cut-to-the-chase” standard. Apologies in advance. By Valerie Sedivy, PhD December 4, 2023With much joy but also much sadness, last week, we gave our warmest wishes to our beloved colleague and Director of...

Taking Care of Each Other at #HealthyTeen23

Taking Care of Each Other at #HealthyTeen23

Thank you for taking care with us at #HealthyTeen23; now let’s work together to take action.By Janet Max, MPH, CHES October 20, 2023As I was drafting my opening remarks for #HealthyTeen23 and reflecting on our conference, I realized this was my 20th conference with...

Welcome, Caro!

Welcome, Caro!

We’re excited to have Caro Hernandez join our Capacity Building department! September 29, 2023We’re excited to have Caro Hernandez join Deb, Valerie, Sam, and Mackenzie in our Capacity Building department as a Project Coordinator.   Caro brings nearly a decade of...

Welcome, Arianna!

Welcome, Arianna!

We’re excited to have Arianna de la Mancha join our Communications Department! September 28, 2023We’re excited to have Arianna join Gina, Allison, and Mariah in our Communications department as a Communications Designer.  Arianna de la Mancha is an artist, writer, sex...

Protecting Transgender Youth and Young Adults in Maryland

Protecting Transgender Youth and Young Adults in Maryland

Get the latest scoop on the Trans Health Equity Act in Maryland and what you can do to show up for the trans, non-binary, and gender-expansive young people—and adults—in your life. By Mariah CowsertAugust 31, 2023While Pride month has already wrapped up this Summer,...

How Youth-Friendly is Your Clinic?

How Youth-Friendly is Your Clinic?

 On a scale from mid to stellar, how would the youth you serve rate your clinic's youth-friendliness? By Allison Tomai Felsen August 17, 2023Have you ever walked into a health care facility and felt totally overwhelmed? Or been unsure how to talk to your health care...

Let’s Talk Inclusivity… in Birth Control!

Let’s Talk Inclusivity… in Birth Control!

We need to be mindful of our language to ensure that we’re reaching young people of all genders.By Vanessa GeffrardJuly 13, 2023As health educators, it’s likely that we’ll teach a lesson, or answer questions about, birth control for a classroom full of curious young...

Give Your Contraceptive Lessons a Refresh

Give Your Contraceptive Lessons a Refresh

Support your students to feel informed and in control of their health!By Allison Tomai Felsen June 23, 2023As part of its efforts to bring the very best sexual health education to Maryland youth,  True You Maryland, a program of the Maryland Department of Health, has...

Defend LGBTQ+ Rights by Creating Inclusive Learning Spaces

Defend LGBTQ+ Rights by Creating Inclusive Learning Spaces

Learn more—and get resources—about how to create affirming spaces for your students.By Allison Tomai Felsen June 15, 2023The onslaught of attacks on the basic human right for people to exist just continues to be exhausting. Banning books, censoring curricula, banning...

May Is National Sex Ed for All Month (2023)

May Is National Sex Ed for All Month (2023)

 Community Leaders, Parents, and Guardians Lend Their Voice to Promote #SexEdForAllMay 3, 2023For Immediate ReleaseB altimore, MD — May is Sex Ed For All Month, a time community leaders, caring adults, and advocates call on local school boards, parent-teacher...

STI Stigma Be Gone!

STI Stigma Be Gone!

There are many myths and misunderstandings about these infections, but one truth remains: people living with STIs can lead healthy, full lives. By Sam Akers, MSWApril 7, 2023 Oftentimes, when people hear “sexually transmitted infections,” their first thoughts are of...

New Year, Same WHY

New Year, Same WHY

Our Thoughts on Why Sex Ed Matters   By Sam AkersFebruary 23, 2023“What do you do?” I was asked by my family when I went home... “Well, I work in sex ed!” *Brace for impact* “and I LOVE what I do, because it matters.” Going home for the holidays can bring...

Bring Your Amazing Ideas and Work to #HealthyTeen23

Bring Your Amazing Ideas and Work to #HealthyTeen23

How are you taking care and taking action in 2023?February 17, 2023This one is for you—the caregivers, teachers, and changemakers who give it all for today’s youth and the generations yet to come. This one is for you—the caregivers, teachers, and changemakers who give...

Treat Yourself to Protection from HPV & HPV-related Cancers

Treat Yourself to Protection from HPV & HPV-related Cancers

Happy HPV Prevention Week and Cervical Cancer Prevention Month! Here’s your reminder to treat yourself (and your kids) with protection from HPV and HPV-related cancers!By Mariah CowsertJanuary 27, 2023Irecently went in to get my annual flu shot at the CVS in my...

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