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Established in 1980 as the Center for Population Options, Advocates for Youth champions efforts that help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health. Advocates focuses its work on young people ages 14-25 in the U.S. and around the globe.
Our Vision: The 3Rs
Advocates for Youth envisions a society that views sexuality as normal and healthy and treats young people as a valuable resource.
The core values of Rights. Respect. Responsibility. (3Rs) animate this vision:
RIGHTS: Youth have the right to accurate and complete sexual health information, confidential reproductive and sexual health services, and a secure stake in the future.
RESPECT: Youth deserve respect. Valuing young people means involving them in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies that affect their health and well-being.RESPONSIBILITY:
Society has the responsibility to provide young people with the tools they need to safeguard their sexual health, and young people have the responsibility to protect themselves from too-early childbearing and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.
How We Are Different
Advocates for Youth is the only organization that works both in the United States and in developing countries with a sole focus on adolescent reproductive and sexual health.
Advocates for Youth occupies a unique niche because it:
- Brings youth development strategies to the field of adolescent sexual health and sexual health strategies to the field of youth development
- Integrates strategies related to STIs, HIV/AIDS, and teen pregnancy prevention, fields that often operate in isolation from one another
- Uses its domestic and international work for learning about and disseminating lessons across borders
- Provides printed and electronic resources, technical assistance, and training to promote research-based best practices in the field of adolescent sexual health.
The goal of Stay Teen is to encourage you to enjoy your teen years and
avoid the responsibilities that come with too-early pregnancy and
parenting. The more you know about issues like sex, relationships,
waiting, and contraception, the better prepared you will be to make
informed choices for your future. We're not telling you how to live your
life...we just want to give you some food for thought and the latest
facts. It’s up to you to make your own smart decisions.
U.S. poison centers answer more than four million calls each year. That’s one call every eight seconds!
More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison
control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these
poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur
in children younger than six years old. And, poisonings are one of the
leading causes of death among adults.
Spread the Word!
In recognition of National Poison Prevention Week, EPA urges parents
and caregivers to help raise awareness of the dangers of poisonings. It
is everyone’s responsibility to help prevent poisonings. We
encourage you to post Administrator Jackson’s video message about poison
prevention on your website. To see the message, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Fu1f0LrMrk
Prevention is Key!
Accidental poisonings are preventable. Re-seal pesticides, other
household chemicals, and medications and keep them away from children.
The Poison Help line (800-222-1222) connects you to experts at your
local poison center 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Help is
available in more than 150 languages. Program the poison help line
number into your phone and post it near your phone.
Use and Store Products Safety!
Store all household products up high, out of children’s reach, in
locked cabinet. Use child resistant safety latches. Read the label
first and follow product instructions.
EPA’s poison prevention website for free consumer resources to help
raise awareness about preventing poisonings and exposures to household
cleaners and pesticides in your home and community: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/poisonprevention.htm
Maywood Ceasefire works with the communities of Maywood, Bellwood, and
Broadview to reduce street violence in all forms. They have weekly group
meetings for men and women. Please go to the Maywood Ceasefire
site for more information.Ceasefire
started in 2000 in Chicago's West Garfield Park. Between 2000 and 2004,
CeaseFire was implemented in 6 of the most
violent communities in Chicago. In the first year of implementation in
each of these communities, shootings decreased. There are now Ceasefire
organizations throughout the Chicago area and nationally.
The School-Based Health Center in Proviso East High School
provides school and sports physicals at No Cost to students.
Call 708-449-9522 to schedule an appointment.
This is a great resource from the Proviso Action Committee for
parents and children. View the booklet by clicking on the attachment
Beginning Sunday, May 1st - and throughout the month of May - teens nationwide are asked to go to StayTeen.org
to participate in several online activities, including the popular
National Day Quiz. This short, scenario-based quiz asks teens to think
about what they would do in a number of risky sexual situations and
sends the straightforward message that sex has consequences. This year’s
online National Day Quiz includes fun stop-motion animations to help
illustrate the quiz’s scenarios in a fun and engaging way for teens.
addition to the National Day Quiz, teens will also be able to play our
new Invasion of the Myth Monsters game. This fun game challenges teens
to learn more about the truth behind several popular sex myths and fend
off hordes of zombie-like "myth monsters" who are spreading bad
information to their friends. Teens that are able to complete the game
by dispelling all nine myths will be entered into a drawing for a 32GB
Last year, more than a half-million teens participated in the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.
On May 14th PTHS will celebrate the grandparents of Proviso Township by hosting its 3rd Annual Grandparents’ Day. This year Loyola University School of Nursing has agreed to join the Board of Education and West Suburban Senior Services in supporting the highly anticipated event which offers seniors a day of fun, health screenings, entertainment, and information.
“We have had a school based health center within Proviso East for over ten years,” said Diana Hackbarth RN, PhD, and Project Director for Proviso East’s Loyola University School Based Health Center. “The school of nursing at Loyola University of Chicago is pleased to participate in Grandparents’ Day as we seek further outreach in the Proviso communities.”
Grandparents’ Day is designed to honor all of the seniors and grandparents of Proviso Township. Grandparents are being treated to party bingo, a steppers’ dance party, door prizes, light refreshments, health screenings, and more. Proviso students will decorate and serve as volunteers at the event. PMSA’s choral group will also perform. In addition, WSSS staff will share information about services and assistance available to grandparents who are raising grandchildren.
To learn more about Grandparents’ Day, please contact the PTHS 209 Communications Office at 708.338.5901.