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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.

Using LGBTQ+ Affirming, Trauma-Responsive Care to Connect Youth to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

This resource is designed for youth-supporting professionals—especially case managers—who provide direct care services to young people who experience the child welfare or justice systems, homelessness, or disconnection from school and work. (Throughout this resource, we refer to this group of youth simply as “young people.”) Case managers are critical gatekeepers to information about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) for these young people and are responsible for making referrals and helping them access SRH services and resources.