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This tip sheet provides an overview of substance use among pregnant and parenting youth along with its impact and strategies for addressing substance use among pregnant and parenting youth. 

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Spearheaded by the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the National Runaway Switchboard (NRS), this observance brings attention to the runaway and homeless youth crisis and shares solutions to address it.

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Teen sexting can carry with it harmful and lasting consequences, and most teens are unaware of the legal implications of sending a sext without consent. This infographic highlights what sexting is, why it is risky, and how teens can protect themselves and others from the harmful effects of sexting. 

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It turns out that children who show the ability to delay gratification are more likely to have successful outcomes as young adults, including more years of schooling, better coping skills to manage stress, and higher self-esteem. This tip sheet explores what self-regulation is, what factors influence its development in children, and how programs can use self-regulation concepts to help their youth make responsible decisions.

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Vulnerable Youth Remain at Greatest Risk for Teen Pregnancy

Youth in foster care are 2x more likely to become pregnant by age 19 than other youth.
Hispanic and black teen girls are about 2-3 time more likely to give birth than white teen girls
Lesbian and bisexual teens have 2x the risk of unintended pregnancy than their heterosexual peers.
430,000 youth in 2014 were served by Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program grantees

You can help  Prep Teens for the Future

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Project Description

PREP Performance Indicators: Youth Participants’ Characteristics and Outcomes

This brief summarizes key characteristics of youth participants in programs funded through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), which aims to reduce teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, and associated risk behaviors. The research questions addressed in the brief include:

  1. Whom did PREP programs serve?
  2. Where did PREP implement programming for youth?
  3. How did youth respond to the PREP programs?


Page last updated: November 14, 2018
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Inputs and Outcomes: PREP Programs Serving Youth in Foster Care - PREP Snapshot

This brief summarizes key characteristics of programs funded through the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) that reported at least half of the youth they served were in foster care. 

Page last updated: August 14, 2018
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Project Description

Adolescent Suicide Prevention: An Introduction to the Risk Factors of Suicide and Resources for Vulnerable Youth

Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents aged 15-24, and almost 20% of high school students have reported thinking about suicide. This webinar provides an overview of the risk factors that can contribute to suicide, particularly among Native American and vulnerable populations of youth, and what resources are available to help prevent suicide among vulnerable youth. 

Page last updated: October 30, 2018

Red Ribbon Week

Page last updated: October 18, 2018
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The Power of Peer Mentoring

Strength in Action: Supporting Our Nation's Most Vulnerable Youth is a podcast series by the FYSB APP Program. In the podcast, we talk with people who are implementing programs that prevent teen pregnancy and help teens prepare for adulthood.

In this episode, Elycia Cook, Executive Director of Friends First in Denver, Colorado, joins us for a discussion on the power of investing in our youth through peer-to-peer mentoring. We talk about how setting positive examples for youth helps them plan for a bright future. 

Page last updated: October 9, 2018