Youth Sexual Health Resources
Through the Youth Sexual Health Program, Trailhead aims to serve as a trusted go-to resource for youth sexual health education and resources across Colorado. Included below are a growing collection of resources that have been developed through or in collaboration with Trailhead’s Youth Sexual Health Program and inform our work across the state.
Advocates for Youth partners with youth leaders, adult allies and youth-serving organizations to advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people’s rights to honest sexual health information; accessible, confidential, and affordable sexual health services; and the resources and opportunities necessary to create sexual health equity for all youth.
This document supports school districts in translating the new requirements and updates to teaching Comprehensive Sexual Health Education put into motion by the Youth Wellness Act (HB-1032). It outlines how districts should implement sexual health education in the classroom to be in compliance with the state legislation
SIECUS advances sex education through advocacy, policy and coalition building. Launching in 1964, SIECUS advocates with the vision of an equitable nation where all people receive sex education, are affirmed in their identities, and have power to make decisions about their own health, pleasure, and wholeness.
The State of Adolescent Sexual Health (SASH) Report, in publication since 2008, highlights Colorado’s progress relative to national trends while also pointing to where there is more work to be done. The report has evolved from an independent project of Colorado Youth Matter to where it is currently: a joint venture between Trailhead Institute and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Since its inception, the SASH Report has included the input of a community advisory council. In addition to the latest state and national data, the SASH Report includes recommendations to address disparities and improve the health for Colorado’s young people.
This paper highlights effective community engagement approaches that have been used to support districts in improving and sustaining comprehensive sexual health education since 2008. These findings were based on a qualitative analysis from interviews with current and former school district partners who participated in the Working to Institutionalize Sex Education (WISE) Colorado Initiative, led by Trailhead Institute.
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. Trailhead continues to actively expand the number of resources represented on the Youth Sexual Health Resource Map through intentional resource recruitment and partner referrals that meet our resource screening criteria. Learn more about recent updates made to the mapping resource here.