Youth Resources


The Cool
US Government
Interactive site that targets teens and emphasizes resisting alcohol and peer pressure. Topic areas include:  reality checks, alcohol facts, too much too soon, expectations, peer pressure, the right to resist and real life.
The Partnership at
Targets older teens to help them determine where they are in terms of their relationship with drugs and consider if this is turning into a problem for them. Includes self- awareness quizzes, interactive games, stories, drug facts and videos
Above the Influence
US Government
Focuses on resisting negative influences. Topic areas include: stress, peers, self-image, relationships, drugs, pop culture and bullying.
Just Think
US Government 
Focuses on drug prevention. Consists of four major sections: Drug facts, Facts from Fiction, Consequences and Teens ask Teens.  Includes fact sheets, videos, links for finding help, etc.


  • Youth what to know
  • Health Literacy
  • Oral Health
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition
  • Tobacco Use Cessation and Prevention
  • Sexual Health and Development 
  • Colorado’s Youth Partnership for Health (YPH) is a diverse group of 14-18 year olds from across Colorado, recruited from a variety of schools, local health agencies and community programs such as Rainbow Alley and Project PAVE. They are selected to participate based on their age, geographic location and unique experiences. The youth work directly with adults to help make decisions affecting all youth in Colorado. Every month, the YPH convenes to discuss such issues as teen driving safety and substance use prevention. They then provide open and honest feedback to programs, agencies and organizations developing programs and policies for youth.
  • STI Quick Reference Guide(PDF)
    Association of Reproductive Health Professionals: With 20 million new cases each year, sexually transmitted infections (STIs) continue to be a significant public health challenge in the United States. This quick reference outlines key facts and typical symptoms for the most common STIs and offers clinical pearls on screening, diagnosis, treatment, and management for each condition.
  • Young People in Recovery is a movement united at all levels to empower young people to find and sustain recovery from substance abuse.
  • “I Want the Kit” is a resource with information about the STI chlymadia. At-home chlymadia testing kits can also be ordered from this site.
  • Coming Out As You. The Trevor Project: Family and youth workers can empower adolescents to make informed and thoughtful decisions about their coming out process with the help of this guide. It is a tool designed for youth to help them navigate their coming out experience in a safe, thoughtful way.
  • The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy: Teen pregnancy and childbearing are at historic lows. Most adults, however, are unaware of the historic declines – 49% of adults inaccurately believe the nation’s teen pregnancy rate has increased over the past two decades, according to new survey data. Just 18% of adults believe the teen pregnancy rate has declined.

  • Gender and Sexual Health Series”Gender and Sexual Health” begins with an introduction to gender and gender equality, explains how rigid gender norms affect sexual health, and provides evidence for transforming gender norms through curriculum-based programs. Author Lori Rolleri has designed a variety of reproductive and sexual health curricula for young people, and served as a technical advisor at EngenderHealth.Part 1: Understanding Gender and Gender Equality (PDF)Part 2: Gender Norms and Sexual Health Behaviors (PDF)Part 3: Can Gender Norms Change? (PDF)
  • Get the Sex Facts

    Sex, etc.: The United Way of Greater Milwaukee’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative is trying to stomp out myths like: if you do jumping jacks after having penile-vaginal sex, you won’t get pregnant. They are making sure teens get accurate information through a website called This is a portal to video quizzes and resources for parents and teens to help start the conversation.

    Communication Skills Building for Parents of Preteen Girls

    Office on Women’s Health: This program is designed to offer tools to help community leaders work with parents to improve communication – on topics such as dating, self-image, internet dangers, and peer pressure – with their preteen and teenage girls. The materials include a Facilitator’s Guide, online videos, and a Tip Sheet for Parents, all of which show parents and caregivers ways to effectively communicate with their daughters.


Young Men’s Health and the Center for Young Women’s Health www.youngmenshealthsite.orgwww.youngwomenshealth.orgChildren’s Hospital, Boston
Health guides for adolescent males and young men and adolescent females and young women.  Main topic areas covered include nutrition/fitness; sex/health, healthy development and emotional health.  
TeensHealth Center for Children’s Health Accurate user friendly health information for teens on the same main topic areas as above plus substance abuse, school and jobs and diseases/conditions and safety. Fun activities including quizzes and ask the expert.
Go Ask Alice www.goaskalice.columbia.eduColumbia University Q & A format. Teens write in his/her own health questions and Alice responds.
Girls Health U.S. Government Health information on main topics areas plus safety &environmental health.  Free stuff
Best Bones Forever Government Encourages girls to get active and choose bone-healthy foods.  Plus quizzes and free stuff


Transitioning to College

August is a highly anticipated time for rising college freshman.  Whether teens are going to a local community college, attending a nearby university, or moving across the country, beginning undergraduate education can be a big change.  This e-update provides tips on how parents, healthcare providers, and college staff can help teens have a positive and safe transition to college!

Taking the Reins in Healthcare Management

College may be the first time that some teens are responsible for managing their health care on their own.  If teens will be away from home, be sure he or she knows where to go for care and what insurance coverage they have.  Some schools require certain vaccines before enrollment and, specifically, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends four in adolescence.  Read about ACIP’s recommendations for MenACWY, the meningococcal vaccine, and the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.  Also, a yearly flu shot is recommended for everyone six months or older and the Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine is recommended for adolescents aged 11-18.

Scheduling regular check-ups is important for teens and young adults.  For youth living away from home, discuss whether it’s best to schedule those services at home or school.  Help teens prepare for their doctors’ appointments with resources on making an appointment and questions doctors or nurses might ask.  You can also check out the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Healthy Tips for College Freshman.

Learn more about managing health care

Mental Health 101

College can be stressful.  Students may experience homesickness, new and difficult school work, loneliness, and worry over finances and making friends.2  Depression also typically emerges during adolescence,3 and  30% of college students reported having ever felt “so depressed that it was difficult to function” in a 2011 survey.4  Depression can affect academic performance5 and increase the likelihood that students smoke and drink to get drunk.67  Signs can include lack of interest in activities that they typically enjoy, lethargy, drastic changes in eating or sleeping habits, trouble focusing, and long-lasting headaches or digestive problems.

Encourage teens to build friendships by joining clubs, talking to classmates, and reaching out to other students in their dorm.  Staying active is important to mental health too, so encourage teens to exercise regularly.  If they are having trouble studying, encourage students to take advantage of professors’ office hours, review sessions, labs run by graduate students, or to talk to their advisor to brainstorm other ways to get help.  If a teen is still struggling, learn about more ways to help.

Learn more about mental health

Avoiding the “Freshman 15”

With new food options and freedoms, it’s no wonder that weight gain is common in the first year of college.10  Many may have heard of the “freshman 15,”10 but there’s dispute about whether the average weight gain is quite that high (one study estimated 4.4 pounds as more accurate10).  To avoid this, students should eat regular meals and maintain a balanced and nutritious diet.  For help guiding teens on what to eat, check out 10 tips for healthy eating in the dining hall.

Of course, healthy living isn’t just about what you eat—exercise is important too.  Remind students that exercise can be fun and doesn’t have to be disruptive to studying or socializing—and that they should be active for at least two and a half hours a week.  Encourage them to join an intramural team, walk or bike to class, take a fitness class at the gym, and take the stairs instead of the elevator in their dormitories.

Learn more about eating right and staying fit

Substance Free is the Way to Be

For many teens, heavy drinking dramatically increases during the transition from high school to college.11  In 2010, 42% of full-time college students reported binge drinking.12,[a]  Also, in 2010, 22% of full-time college students reported currently using illicit drugs[b]; and 25% reported current cigarette smoking.12

The good news is that there’s a lot that parents can do to reduce substance use for first-year students—for example, parents should attend Parent’s Weekend or other campus events open to parents.  Check out the Family Check-Up to learn how positive parenting can prevent drug abuse.  Many colleges are addressing underage and dangerous drinking by implementing both individual-level and campus-wide strategies.

Learn more about substance use

Healthy Friendships and Romantic Partners

Peers play an important role in determining students’ identity in college, and they can also influence behaviors such as eating and exercise habits.14-16  And while friendships are beneficial to students, peer influence is also one of the leading predictors of initiation and maintenance of drinking in college as well as a predictor of marijuana use.17,18  It’s important to teach teens that they have the right to say “no” and how to recognize good friends.  You may point teens towards this interactive guide to learn the most effective ways to say no and this list of how to know if your friends really care about you.

Dating can be a source of companionship, support, and intimacy, but like friendships, they can sometimes be harmful.19  During their lifetime, more than one in three women and one in four men experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.20  College women are at an especially high risk of rape–approximately 20-25% are victims of rape or attempted rape.21 Teens who experience dating violence are more likely to become pregnant, have lower grades, report substance abuse, report lower self-esteem and emotional well-being, have eating disorders, and report suicidal thoughts and attempts.22,23  Learn the signs of an unhealthy relationship.

Learn more about peer pressure and unhealthy relationships



Credit Unions 
Personal finance tools including: budget spreadsheets, car buying info, online calculators for loans, savings, and credit card payoff and articles on numerous topics including: choosing a college, finding a job and tracking expenses
Tomorrow’s Money The National Association of State Treasurers Foundation Focuses on developing new knowledge and skills got financial management. Practical information is provided about real-life situations so that teens can apply what they’ve learned with the available tools including interactive budgets, worksheets, calculators, etc.
Fastweb Monster Worldwide Free online resource to: help students pay for school, by providing scholarship, financial aid information, and information on jobs and internships
Don’t Buy It: Get Media Smart Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).)  Site activities are designed to provide users with some of the skills and knowledge needed to question, analyze, interpret and evaluate media messages
Foster Club’s Transition Toolkit 
Toolkit for youth in foster care on transitioning into adulthood, including information about finance, jobs, life skills, identity, permanence, education, health, housing, transportation, and community.


Tools For Engaging Youth In Policy Making

A new resource from our fabulous colleagues at ACT for Youth:

In this new edition of PrACTice Matters, Christine Bozlak discusses the benefits of youth participation in public health efforts, provides examples of youth civic engagement, and offers recommendations for involving youth in policy-related activities.


More about Youth Partnership for Health

Ideas and input from youth are vital to the success of any program targeting youth. When programs targeting youth do not involve them in the development and decision-making process, they risk developing strategies that don’t work and waste valuable resources. Youth play important roles in all aspects of program development and implementation from program design to evaluation of effectiveness. In fact, the roles that young people play are as varied as the roles of adults. They are limited only by the willingness of participants to engage young voices in important issues. Research supports the value of youth involvement, not just for the youth, but for adults and organizations too. The success of youth involvement efforts is widely recognized, so widely that there are worldwide efforts to engage youth as leaders in policy and program design and delivery.

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