Resources

This brief summarizes available research on seven dimensions of access to sexual and reproductive health care. Our goal is to inform youth-supporting professionals about the complexity of access for youth who have experienced the child welfare and/or justice systems, homelessness, and/or disconnection from school and work (i.e., opportunity youth).

This resource summarizes research and practice literature, provides practice guidance, and describes cultural and systemic considerations associated with three key domains of healthy romantic relationships.

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This brief summarizes available literature on strategies for trauma-responsive affirming care in a way that is relevant for administrators, managers, and professionals whose work centers youth with experience in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, youth experiencing homelessness, and opportunity youth. We intend for these strategies to be relevant in both medical settings and youth-supporting organizations. In this brief, we define “trauma-responsive affirming care” as a strengths-based approach that responds to the ways in which traumatic experiences intersect with gender identity and sexual orientation—as well as with other identities such as racial/ethnic identity, socioeconomic status, and immigration status—to impact a person’s needs.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and Opportunity Youth: A Scan of Research and Resources

Understanding sex-based harassment is an important tool for youth-supporting professionals and can empower opportunity youth as they navigate the workplace. This resource describes how youth-supporting professionals can aid youth. While it is true that youth-supporting professionals may not be able to fully prevent harassment from occurring, they can tailor services and supports to help protect youth—and to help youth protect themselves—by recognizing harassing behaviors and navigating how to address harassment if it does take place.

Opportunity youth are young people ages 16 to 24 who are not working nor enrolled in school. They are a diverse group who come from different backgrounds, races/ethnicities, and communities and who have varying strengths, resources, and needs. This infographic highlights key findings from Activate’s analysis of the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of opportunity youth using the National Survey of Family Growth.

Birth Control for Teens: Helping Young People Choose the Right Method for Them

This guide is a research-informed resource designed for professionals who work with young people who experience the child welfare or justice systems, homelessness, or disconnection from school and work. It is intended to facilitate a conversation that centers young people’s birth control preferences, needs, and priorities. The guidance it offers was informed by research and conversations with young people who have lived expertise and with youth-supporting professionals.