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Statewide & National Sexual Health Resources

A list of statewide and national resources for students and teachers on clinical services, medically accurate sexuality information, and comprehensive sexual health educational materials, including 24/7 emergency hotlines.

ACLU – Your Health Your Rights External link opens in new window or tab.
The ACLU of Northern California provides on a guide detailing the sexual and reproductive health rights of all Californian youth under the law, including the right to confidential birth control, abortion services, and HIV/STD testing and treatment.

Family PACT External link opens in new window or tab.
Family PACT (Planning, Access, Care, Treatment) works with a multitude of doctors and clinics all over California to provide free family planning services, including birth control, to men and women, including teens. Once enrolled in the program, you can go to any number of Family PACT providers in your area to receive services. It is aimed towards people who are low-income and who either don’t have insurance or who have insurance that doesn’t cover family planning. However, it is also available for people who have insurance but need to keep their services confidential.

I Wanna Know External link opens in new window or tab.
Run by the American Social Health Association (ASHA), this site provides teens and young adults with medically accurate sexual health information.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) External link opens in new window or tab.
Information on numerous topics, including STDs, HIV, and pregnancy.

National HIV and STD Testing Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
The National HIV and STD Testing Resources Web site is run by the CDC and provides locations for STD/HIV testing throughout the country.

Planned Parenthood External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides information and resources for teens, parents, and educators. The site includes a tool to find Planned Parenthood clinics based on state or zip code.

Stay Teen External link opens in new window or tab.
Stay Teen is a Web site by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, designed to inform teens about the impacts of becoming pregnant as a teenager, why and how to avoid it, and gives advice for navigating relationships in healthy and responsible ways.

Sex, Etc. External link opens in new window or tab.
Dedicated to giving teens accurate information regarding sexual health, as well as resources for teen advocacy and communication, this Web site was developed by Answer, a national organization that supports comprehensive sexuality education in the U.S.

TeensHealth External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides general health information to teens, including information about diseases and infections, sexual health, the consequences of drug and alcohol use, and mental health. It is a part of KidsHealth from the Nemours foundation, and the information on the site is regularly checked by medical experts and doctors to keep it current and accurate.

Teensource External link opens in new window or tab.
Created by the California Family Health Council to improve the health of teens in California by providing sexual health information. The Web site also includes a clinic finder to help teens locate clinics in their area within California.

The Emergency Contraception Website External link opens in new window or tab.
Educates women about emergency contraception choices and helps them locate emergency contraception near them. It is operated by the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals and Princeton University.

Resources for Educators

SexEdLibrary External link opens in new window or tab.
Created by SIECUS (the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States), this is the largest collection of comprehensive sexual education material online in the nation.

Answer External link opens in new window or tab.
Answer is a national organization dedicated to sexual health education, and provides free resources on their website for professionals and educators such as lesson plans and discussion guides.

Advocates for Youth External link opens in new window or tab.
This non-profit organization works to bring reproductive and sexual health to youth. Their Web site has free resources for educators including curricula and lesson plans, and also has information on state and national policy and standards.

It’s All One Curriculum External link opens in new window or tab.
A two-book set of curriculum content and activities that help educators approach sexual health education with a focus of gender equality and human rights. It was developed by the International Sexuality and HIV Curriculum Working Group, and both downloads and a limited number of hard copies are available to any sexual educators working in public or non-profit education.

Planned Parenthood Resources External link opens in new window or tab.
Aside from providing resources to teens and other patients, Planned Parenthood has resources for sexual educators. Their Web site contains curricula, lesson plans, research papers, and videos. Educators can also order printed pamphlets and guides.

Scenarios USA External link opens in new window or tab.
This non-profit organization holds an annual writing contest asking teens to write about issues that are important in their lives. The winners work with professional film makers to make award winning short-films. The organization aims to promote expression and advocacy among under-served youth, and some of the short films cover topics such as homophobia, gender issues, relationships and sexuality, and abuse.

The Dibble Institute External link opens in new window or tab.
The Dibble Institute for Marriage Education is dedicated to developing tools that can be used to teach youth skills that will help them have healthy and responsible relationships. Topics of focus include communication, respect, emotional well-being, and how to handle social pressures. Their material is inclusive of LGBTQ youth, as well as youth of varying faiths.

The National Campaign External link opens in new window or tab.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy shares a lot of data concerning teenage pregnancy, sexual activity, and birth rates. There is also a wealth of material for educators and professionals available for download.

Abuse Resources

Childhelp External link opens in new window or tab.
This national organization is dedicated to supporting victims of child abuse and neglect. They run a 24/7 national Hotline.

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) External link opens in new window or tab.
RAINN is the largest anti-sexual assault organization in the nation and runs the 24/7 National Sexual Assault Hotline.

Love is Respect External link opens in new window or tab.
A collaboration between Break the Cycle and the National Dating Abuse Helpline, Love is Respect provides anonymous and confidential communication and resources about dating violence.

Break the Cycle External link opens in new window or tab.
Break the Cycle is a national non-profit organization that empowers and educates youth to prevent and stop dating violence.

24/7 Emergency Hotlines

California Child Protective Services (CPS) Hotline: 916- 875-KIDS (5437)

California Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-843-5200

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

CPS Warm Line (Child Abuse): 559-255-8320

The Effort Inc. Suicide Hotline: 916-368-3111 or 800-273-8255

Kristin Brooks Hopeline Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

Marjaree Mason Center Ddomestic Abuse Hotline: 559-233-4357 (HELP)

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

National Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)

Rape Counseling Service Hotline: 559-222-7273

The Trevor Project Suicide Hotline for lesbian, gay, bisexual,and transgender (LGBT) youth: 866-488-7386

LGBT Resources

ACLU of Northern California External link opens in new window or tab.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been protecting the constitutional rights of American citizens since 1920. The ACLU of Northern California provides a guide for LGBT students that explains their legal rights in California schools.

Equality California External link opens in new window or tab.
Equality California has been working on creating equality for LGBT people of California since 1998, and has passed over 60 pieces of legislation that have expanded civil rights in the state.

It Gets Better Project External link opens in new window or tab.
After an outbreak of teen suicide related to anti-gay harassment and bullying, Dan Savage created the It Gets Better Project so that adults could show support for LGBT youth and inspire them to see a better future for themselves. Many prominent individuals have contributed to the project, including President Barack Obama.

GSA Network External link opens in new window or tab.
The GSA (Gay, Straight Alliance) Network connects Gay Straight Alliances in schools across the country, and provides information on how to create a GSA at school, how to promote tolerance and anti-discrimination education in the school environment, and what the legal rights are for GSAs and LGBT students.

Make It Better Project - Launched by the GSA Network, the Make It Better Project is a campaign to give students and adults the resources needed to make schools safer for LGBT youth and prevent suicide.

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network External link opens in new window or tab.
Founded by Kevin Jennings, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) works to make K-12 school communities safe and accepting of all members. GLSEN has launched the Safe Space campaign in 2010, which aims to put a GLSEN Safe Space Kit in every classroom.

Human Rights Campaign External link opens in new window or tab.
The Human Rights Campaign is an LGBT advocacy and lobbying organization, and the biggest civil rights organization working for LGBT equality in America.

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) External link opens in new window or tab.
GLAAD monitors how LGBT people are presented in media, aiming to hold media sources accountable for the images and words they use and working to empower LGBT voices and perspectives.

YouthResource External link opens in new window or tab.
Provides information and resources to LGBT youth, including peer education. It is run by the non-profit organization Advocates for Youth.

Ambiente Joven External link opens in new window or tab.
Resources for Spanish speaking LGBT youth, run by Advocates for Youth.

Day of Silence External link opens in new window or tab.
One day every year in an event sponsored by GLSEN, students in schools across the country take a vow of silence to call attention to anti-LGBT harassment.

National Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC) External link opens in new window or tab.
The NYAC is a national organization dedicated to advocating for the rights of LGBT youth and to empower their voice and participation in the LGBT rights movement.

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