Youth Sexual Health Program2024-07-09T19:23:13+00:00

Youth Sexual Health Program


Trailhead’s Youth Sexual Health Program supports organizations, collaboratives, communities and school districts in increasing access to comprehensive sexual health education and resources for young people using an approach that is collaborative and community-driven.

The Youth Sexual Health Program operates and implements programming based on the belief that every young person has the right to receive medically accurate information so that they are empowered to make informed decisions about their own sexual health. Central to the program’s work and mission is the belief that youth sexual health education must be inclusive and intersectional, pleasure-based, aware of oppression, and accessible for all.

These foundational beliefs are practiced through centering youth voice, practicing authentic community engagement, and sharing power with people whose identities have historically been excluded from youth sexual health education and decision-making spaces.

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In 2018, Trailhead integrated the Youth Sexual Health Program formerly housed at Colorado Youth Matter (CYM) into its larger scope of work after CYM announced it would be closing its doors in December of 2017. Trailhead began this integration process by initiating a comprehensive, multi-sector environmental scan in January of 2018 that engaged stakeholders, organizations and young people most connected to and impacted by the youth sexual health field. This scan determined how to move the work forward in Colorado, identifying numerous priorities for Trailhead. These priorities included:

  • Advancing statewide access to comprehensive sex education program implementation
  • Ensuring statewide coordination and partnership building among clinical and community providers engaged in youth sexual health education and care provision
  • Developing a centralized repository of youth sexual health resources and clinical and community services available across the state
  • Advancing integrated and authentic youth engagement
  • Advocating for and securing long-term, multi-year funding

Adrienne Gomez (she/her)

Senior Program Manager

Ocean Candler (they/them)

Senior Program Coordinator 

Youth Sexual Health Training Resources

Trailhead’s Youth Sexual Health Program partners with school districts, youth-serving professionals, and trusted adults to create custom trainings on youth sexual health-related topics. Each training is catered to fit the unique needs of school districts and communities across Colorado, and may cover a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  • An introduction of comprehensive sexual health education (CSE)
  • How to create a positive learning environment
  • Answering challenging questions
  • Value-expansive facilitation
  • Healing center and trauma-informed education
  • Sexual health development
  • LGBTQ+ inclusion
  • Content education

Our team works to ensure trainings are available at a price point that is accessible and equitable based on your available financial resources. Learn more about our flexible pricing model and how to partner with us on training for your community below.

Explore Youth Sexual Health Trainings

Reimaging the State of Adolescent Sexual Health Report

For over a decade, the SASH report has provided a summary of up-to-date statistics on the sexual health of young people and a brief snapshot of how Colorado’s progress compares to national trends over time. While this quantitative data has value and can inform policies and programs that support the health and well-being of Colorado youth, it is also limited in its expression and depth, and fails to capture a nuanced, intersectional understanding of what young people experience and need from their sexual health education.

Evolving from what has been, the 2023 SASH report exclusively focuses on the systems that govern and influence the experiences that young people have with sexual health, recognizing that sexual health outcomes and personal development improve when the systems responsible for delivering care, access, and education reflect the humanity and diversity of young people.

Download Trailhead’s introduction to the 2023 SASH report, and learn more through the website below.

Explore the SASH

Giving Gratitude

Reimagining the SASH would have never come to fruition without the generosity of numerous partners who are highlighted on the SASH report website. Trailhead’s partnership with Tomei Kuehl and Talia Cardin of Consulting Within Your Context, the Youth Sexual Health Program Board, and the ReproCollab has brought us incredible joy and we are grateful for the knowledge and lived experience that our partners and members of the Youth Sexual Health Program Board have brought to this work.

The Youth Sexual Health Alliance

Trailhead Institute has built a statewide Alliance of community-led organizations including educators, district administrators, health care providers, local public health departments, advocacy groups and other key stakeholders, in order to better coordinate our efforts across the state and increase referral linkages between schools, clinics, and communities. These coordinated efforts around youth sexual health include but are not limited to sex education and community engagement best practices. Join us! Contact Adrienne Gomez at for information regarding membership criteria.

Contribute to the Youth Sexual Health Mapping Resource

Trailhead Institute hosts an online Youth Sexual Health resource map that features youth-positive comprehensive sex education, training and resources as well as youth sexual health services across the state. This resource aims to strengthen coordination between schools, clinics, and communities. If you are interested in adding your organization to this resource map, please fill out this form or contact Adrienne Gomez at for information regarding criteria.

Explore the Youth Sexual Health Resource Map

As Featured in Trailhead’s Newsletter

Learn more about the Youth Sexual Health Program through past newsletters.

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