A Moment of Reflection along the Journey to Reducing Unwanted Pregnancies among Adolescents

Despite record declines in the birth rates among teens in the US, racial/ethnic and geographic disparities persist. JSI Project Director, Jocelyn Chu, reflects after 5 years of leading a CDC-funded project focused on reducing teen pregnancies, about how we can continuing to these record declines among all ethnic groups.

Serving the Needs of Children and Adolescents who have Experienced Sexual Violence

The AIDSFree project developed a new toolkit, Strengthening Linkages between Clinical and Social/Community Services for Children and Adolescents who Have Experienced Sexual Violence: A Companion Guide, which provides inspiration for even the small “next steps” that a program can take to better serve the needs of children, adolescents, and their families.

Data You can Count On: A new dashboard on youth sexual & reproductive health in Asia and the Middle East

Today the world is home to 1.8 billion people between the ages of 10 and 24, which constitutes the largest generation of young people in history. Sixty percent of young people live in Asia, and the Middle East has one of the youngest populations in the world To improve understanding of young people’s needs in this region, USAID’s Advancing Partners & Communities Project (APC) launched a new dashboard on key youth indicators related to gender and sexual and reproductive health.

Talking to Teens via Text about Quitting Tobacco: The Text 2 Be An Ex (T2BX) program in Rhode Island  

How do you reach teens with anti-tobacco messaging that they will respond to? Jodi Sperber explains the design process for Text 2 Be an Ex, a program that engages teens in two-way conversations about smoking.

Youth take action at the International AIDS Conference

Writing from the 20th International AIDS Conference, JSI’s Malia Duffy discusses the particular challenges faced by adolescents living with HIV and shares the main points of the Youth Action Plan–a strategy devised by a consortium of HIV-positive adolescents during a planning session in Melbourne.

JSI @ APHA 2013: Addressing social determinants of health in teen pregnancy prevention

This year’s APHA conference has provided me and my colleagues with an exciting opportunity to share our work in examining and addressing social determinants of health as they relate to teen pregnancy here in the United States.

“Repeat after me: pituitary gland.” Educating family planning providers to improve adolescent sexual health

The somewhat wary yet energetically charged group of 12-year-olds responds with a resounding “pituitary gland!” The chorus dies down a bit and predictably becomes interspersed with giggles as we progress to body parts and reproductive anatomy in this “parroting” game we use to break the ice.