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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...

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...

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...

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...

Welcome, Monique!

Welcome, Monique!

We’re excited to have Monique Davis join our Finance and Operations Department!    June 29, 2023We’re excited to have Monique join Dawn, Shanise, and Jenna in our Finance and Operations Department. She will help with crunching the numbers and working with the...

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...

How to Use Storytelling as a Vehicle for Social Change

How to Use Storytelling as a Vehicle for Social Change

6 Storytelling Lessons Learned while Creating the Casey Young Parents Stories.By Patricia Natalie, MA June 8, 2023When I first joined Healthy Teen Network in March 2022, my first project was to “create stories about young parents that can affect policy change.” Wow, I...

Offering the “Right Support” for Young Parents 

Offering the “Right Support” for Young Parents 

Young parents are usually really motivated to access services...it’s our job to make sure the supports are they and they can access them.By Valerie Sedivy, PhD May 18, 2023In a perfect world, Mother’s Day is a celebration of mothers and all that they do. But for...

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...

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...

Supporting Youth Safety and Wellness in Sex Ed

Supporting Youth Safety and Wellness in Sex Ed

Resources and information from a recent True You Maryland training to help support the mental health and safety of your students.By Allison Tomai Felsen January 5, 2023Talking about sexuality in the classroom can be awkward! We’ve all been there. But there’s a...

This Year, We’re Thankful for our Team

This Year, We’re Thankful for our Team

With so much uncertainty these last few years, we're thankful for our staff and being able to get together in-person again.November 29, 2022We know that these last few years haven't been easy. We've collectively adapted to pandemic life, shifting our work to adapt to...

Get Ready for Our Staff Sessions at #HealthyTeen22

Get Ready for Our Staff Sessions at #HealthyTeen22

This is only a sneak peak of our incredible line-up of some of our conference sessions; you’ll just have to join us in Miami for #HealthyTeen22 to get the full experience! September 23, 2022We’re counting down the days to #HealthyTeen22 in Miami. While we may not be...

Connecting Rural Youth to Sexual and Reproductive Health

Connecting Rural Youth to Sexual and Reproductive Health

When looking at sexual and reproductive health access across America, geography matters. And we see rural communities facing bigger gaps in access to services and comprehensive sex education. By Mackenzie Piper, MPH, CHES August 18, 2022True You Maryland brings...

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...

What We’re Watching this Pride Month (and beyond!)

What We’re Watching this Pride Month (and beyond!)

I asked our staff what their favorite LGBTQ+ shows and movies are and why they think it’s important that young people see themselves thoughtfully represented in media. By Mariah CowsertJune 14, 2022We believe every young person has the right to live their authentic...

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...

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