Resources for Youth

 

The list below includes some of our favorite sexual health resources for teens (age 12-18).

 

 

Bodies, Birth Control & STIs
Want more info on birth control, STIs, and accessing healthcare near you?

 

AMAZE / en Español

Takes the awkward out of sex ed. Real info in fun, animated videos that give you all the answers you actually want to know about sex, your body and relationships.

 

Family Planning, Access, Care, and Treatment (Family PACT)

A California program that provides eligible young adults with free, comprehensive family planning services. Enter your zip code on their website to find the closest provider in your area.

 

It's Your (Sex) Life

Reliable, objective, straightforward sexual health information for young people. The site by MTV was developed in collaboration with the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and others.

 

My Health, My Infoen Español

Take action to ensure your health services kept confidential at your pediatrician or doctor's office.

 

Planned Parenthood / en Español

Articles, videos, quizzes, and online tools for teens with questions about sexual health, puberty, identity, relationships, and pregnancy.

 

Scarleteen

Sex ed for the real world: Inclusive, comprehensive, supportive sexuality and relationships info for teens and emerging adults.

 

Sex, Etc.

Sex education by teens, for teens, featuring sexual health stories, FAQs, videos, and forums to learn more and get involved. Subscribe to recieve their teen-produced magazine at home or at school.

 

Stay Teen

Information, videos, games & quizzes about sex, relationships, and contraception. Created by The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy to help teens make informed decisions about their futures.

 

Sutter Health

Palo Alto Medical Foundation provides health information on a variety of teen health topics. Explore articles that can help you figure out how to make good decisions.

 

Teen Source

An online hub for teen-friendly sexual and reproductive health information and resources, featuring youth-generated blogs and videos. Developed by the California Family Health Council to improve the health of young people in California.

 

Teens Health

Learn the facts about sexual health with articles about puberty, menstruation, infections, and just about everything else you wanted to know, for guys and girls.

 

Your Health, Your Rights / en Espanol

All about California teens' rights around sexual and reproductive healthcare services.

 

 

 

Gender & Sexual Identities
Want to find community and learn more about LGBTQ+ topics?
 

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

GLSEN works with educators, policy makers, community leaders, and students to address anti-LGBT behavior and bias in schools. Check out their toolkits to help support your school's GSA!

 

Gender Spectrum

Resources to help teens navigate their gender identity at school or home, with their doctor, and even their friends.

 

Project Outlet

Counseling, education, youth groups, and support for LGBTQ+ young people in the SF Bay Area. Free, confidential, drop-in support groups held in Mountain View, Redwood City, and Palo Alto.

 

LYRIC

San Francisco's Center for LGBTQ+ Youth builds community and inspires positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development.

 

Send the Right Message

Teaching youth to challenge every day instances of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Learn all about privilege, how to become an ally, and quiz yourself on respectful communication. Created by Canada's LGBTQ+ Youth Initiative

 

The GenderCool Project

A national storytelling campaign spotlighting remarkable stories of transgender young people.

 

We Are the Youth

An ongoing photojournalism project that captures the incredible diversity and uniqueness of LGBTQ+ youth in the United States. 

 

 

 

Teen Pregnancy & Parenting
Are you or your partner pregnant?
 

All-Options Talkline / 1 (888) 493-0092

Free, confidential, and supportive space for people to talk about experiences with pregnancy, parenting, abortion, and adoption.

 

Exhale 1 (866) 4-EXHALE (439-4253)

After-abortion counseling, resources, and referrals through non-judgemental support and respectful listening.

 

Teen Health Rights

The National Center for Youth Law answers questions about teens’ legal rights and responsibilities related to pregnancy and parenting in California.

 

 

 

Relationships & Sexual Safety
Are you or a friend in an unsafe relationship or a victim of sexual violence?

 

That's Not Cool

Information, games, quizzes, and tools to help teens recognize, avoid, and prevent dating violence.

 

LoveIsRespect en Español 1 (866) 331-9474 text LOVEIS to 22522

Free 24/7 support for anyone involved in an unhealthy or abusive relationship. Call, text, or chat one-on-one with a trained peer advocate to get help for you or a loved one.

 

Jasmine Strong

Stories, information, tips, and resources for youth to help prevent sex trafficking. 

 

Human Trafficking Hotline / en Español 1 (888) 373-7888 text BEFREE to 233-733

Free 24/7 hotline for victims and survivors of human trafficking. Speak to a trained professional about your needs, options, and available resources.

 

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) / en Español 1 (800) 656-HOPE (4673)

Free 24/7 confidential hotline and chat services provided by the National Sexual Assault Hotline. RAINN is the largest anti-sexual violence organiation in the nation.

 

Rape Trauma Services

Free 24/7 crisis line, sexual assault counseling, and support groups for anyone who has been affected by sexual violence. San Mateo County's leading center for healing and violence prevention.

 

 

 

Mental Health Support
Are you feeling depressed, thinking about hurting yourself, or worried about a friend?
 

Walk in Our Shoes / en Español

Learning about other people can help you understand that they’re still a lot like you — they’re just on a journey in different shoes.

 

Half of Us

Get the facts about mental health issues and take action to feel better. A collaboration of mtvU and The Jed Foundation to promote public dialogue about mental health and connect students to resources.

 

Kids Helpline

Help anytime, for any reason. Read stories and articles about health, identity, emotions, and relationships. A service of Australia's yourtown Art Union.

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline en Español / 1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)

Free 24/7 lifeline for people in crisis, as well as confidential support and mental health resources you and your loved ones.

 

Crisis Text Line / text HOME to 741-741

Free 24/7 support and information of anyone in any type of crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot to a cool moment.

 

California Youth Crisis Line 1 (800) 843-5200

Free 24/7 help for any youth in crisis. Statewide emergency response tool provided by the California Coalition for Youth. 

 

The Trevor Project / 1 (866) 488-7386 / text START to 678-678

Free 24/7 lifeline for LGBTQ+ youth.Trained counselors availalble to talk by phone, text, or chat.

 

Your Life Your Voice / 1 (800) 448-3000 / text VOICE to 20121

Free 24/7 support from counselors by phone, text, email, or chat. It's OK to ask for help. Check out these tips to help with tough situations.

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