The Need

Young people face difficult decisions daily. These tough choices can lead to serious consequences for their health and well-being, especially if they don’t know how to access preventative care.

According to the CDC’s 2015 Youth Behavior Surveillance System:

Sexual Health

  • 3 in 10 teenagers is sexually-active, and of those teens,
  • 57% did not use a condom the last time they had sex.
  • 1 in 10 teenagers experiences violence in a relationship.

Substance Use

  • 21% of teenagers uses marijuana.
  • 18% of teenagers binge drinks.

Mental Health

  • 3 in 10 teenagers reports feeling consistently sad or hopeless.
  • 18% teenagers has seriously considered suicide.

These preventable health concerns contribute to the staggering reality that over one million students drop out of high school each year.

Health education improves young people’s health outcomes, high school graduation rates, and life opportunities.

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