December 12, 2018
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in just two pages or less! 1. What is the research about? This research focuses on evaluations completed by newcomer and street-involved youth of sexual health workshops they attended. Due to their unique circumstances, newcomer and street-involved youth are at higher risk of contracting sexually-transmitted infections, including HIV. Given this higher risk, it is important to ensure that programming designed for these youth is...
November 15, 2018
This factsheet was created by YouthREX. From a very young age, kids exhibit curiosity about their bodies, and ask questions about reproduction and relationships. Sexuality takes different forms over the life cycle, but it is a natural part of being human – for children, adolescents, and adults alike. The role of sexual education is to empower students to know and appreciate their bodies, as well as to help them navigate the confusing world of intimate relationships. By providing scientifically-accurate, age-appropriate information, sex-ed gives students the tools to make informed choices...
Youth perspectives on sexually transmitted infections and sexual health in Northern Canada and implications for public health practice
February 26, 2017
High rates of sexually transmitted infections in the Arctic have been a focus of recent research, and youth are believed to be at greatest risk of infection. Little research has focused on understanding youth perspectives on sexual health. The goal of this study was to collect the perspectives of youth in Nunavut on sexual health and relationships with the intent of informing public health practice. This qualitative research study was conducted within an Indigenous knowledge framework with a focus on Inuit ways of knowing. Data were collected through face-to-face interviews in three Nunavut...
Staying healthy “under the sheets”: Inuit youth experiences of access to sexual and reproductive health and rights in Arviat, Nunavut, Canada
February 24, 2017
Inuit youth are reported to experience considerably worse sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) outcomes than Canadian youth in general, as evidenced through public health data on sexually transmitted infections, unintended young pregnancies and rates of sexual violence in Nunavut compared to national averages. Existing literature on Inuit SRHR has identified the impact of westernization and colonialism on health outcomes, though gaps remain in addressing youth- and community-specific experiences of SRHR. This study aims to generate youth-focused evidence on experiences of SRHR...
January 26, 2017
This report was published by Sex Information and Education Council of Canada. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT: In this Sexual Health Issue Brief, we provide general information on the implications of ASD for sexuality and development, key points to consider in providing sexual health education to youth with ASD, and a list of relevant resources for sexual health educators.
January 26, 2017
This report was published by Planned Parenthood Toronto. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT: These guidelines were created through a community-based research project led by Planned Parenthood Toronto, with guidance and input from a youth advisory committee (YAC) of 8 diverse trans and nonbinary youth ages 16-29. The YAC played a key role in all stages of the project, but especially in determining what information to prioritize in the guidelines. The goal of this project was to develop solutions to increase the inclusion of trans youth in sexual health education by...
April 15, 2016
This toolkit was published by the Adolescent Health Networking Group HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS TOOLKIT:Designed for busy providers, this toolkit addressess a complexity of issues through accessible, user-friendly resources including screening and assessment tools, evidence based best practices, and promising approaches, and health education handouts for youth/young adults and parents/caregivers. The toolkit series, developed locally, has been distributed and utilized by providers nation wide. This toolkit consist of five modules: adolescent health, body basics, understanding minor...
Respecting, Protecting And Fulfiling Our Sexual And Reproductive Health And Rights: A Toolkit for Young Leaders
January 15, 2016
This toolkit was published by the Women Deliver. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS TOOLKIT:The purpose of this toolkit is to provide you with information and guidance in order to become a impactful, expert young leader for sexual and reproductive health rights. Whether you have been involved in the field of sexual and reproducitve health rights for years or are brand new, this toolkit highlights important aspects of sexual and reproductive health rights and provides numerousadditional resources to build your knowledge and capacity to take action. This toolkit is meant to actively engage...
January 07, 2016
In assessing the sexual health of U.S. teens, it may be useful to compare them to their peers in Canada and the United Kingdom, two nations whose history and culture are, to an extent, similar to that of the United States. The data show that, although U.S. teens typically initiate sex at around the same age compared to their Canadian and U.K. peers, U.S. teens have higher birth rates and HIV prevalence rates than teens in the other two countries.
January 04, 2016
This infographic was created by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS INFOGRAPHIC:According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 26 percent of all new HIV cases occur among young people ages 13 to 24 years old. Youth are at a higher risk of HIV due to factors they have little control over, including lack of access to health care. Among young people living with HIV, only 13% are receiving enough medication so that the virus is suppressed – the lowest percentage among any age group.