Reports

2016 State of Adolescent Sexual Health

2016 State of Adolescent Sexual Health

The 2016 State of Adolescent Sexual Health (SASH) Report is here! Focused on recommendations for improving youth sexual health in Colorado, this report provides a summary of data that highlights both the progress in youth sexual health over time and where we still need improvement. 

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To read the Executive Summary of the 2016 SASH Report, click here. 

Archives - State of Adolescent Sexual Health Reports

Archives - State of Adolescent Sexual Health Reports

Colorado Youth Matter has published a summary of relevant, up-to-date statistics on the sexual health of Colorado youth, titled the State of Adolescent Sexual Health in Colorado. This annual report also included a snapshot of how the state has measured up to national trends over time as well as recommendations intended to inform programs and policies that support the health and well-being of all Colorado youth.

Colorado Family Advocate Survey Summary 2013

Colorado Family Advocate Survey Summary 2013

Colorado Youth Matter has released its first report on Colorado families' support for youth sexual health. The Colorado Family Advocate Survey Summary 2013 reveals the expectations, motivators, barriers and needs of adults to provide sexual health information to the youth in their lives. The results will inform families, community partners, decision-makers, funders and schools in guiding programs, funding and policies to support adult and family engagement in youth sexual health.

Read the report here.

Colorado Youth Matter's Annual Report

Colorado Youth Matter's Annual Report

Interested in the work going on at Colorado Youth Matter? Read CYM's Annual Reports for information about our strategic plan and highlights from the years.

 

Focus On: Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates in Youth

Focus On: Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates in Youth

It's Colorado Youth Matter's 25th Anniversary, and CYM is freshening up its State of Adolescent Sexual Health Report. Check out the second in a series of informational SASH briefs that focus more closely on the data, programs and policies that impact Colorado youth. This brief examines the trends in sexually transmitted infection rates in youth, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, HIV/AIDS, and HPV. Access the brief by clicking here.

Focus On: Trends in Teen Birth Rates

Focus On: Trends in Teen Birth Rates

It's Colorado Youth Matter's 25th Anniversary, and CYM is freshening up its State of Adolescent Sexual Health Report. Check out the first in a series of informational SASH briefs that focus more closely on the data, programs and policies that impact Colorado youth. The first brief examines the trends in teen birth rates in Colorado from 1990-2011, highlighting the two decade decline of teen birth rates. Access the brief by clicking here.

Raising Expectations in the Rockies

Raising Expectations in the Rockies

Colorado’s Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage* Industry and the Imperative for Real Sex Education

In recent years, Colorado has shown an increased dedication, including strong state legislation, to improving the lives of its young people through ensuring that the sex education provided in schools is comprehensive. However, abstinence-only-until-marriage* programs are still prevalent in the state and continue to promote inaccurate and incomplete information, gender-role stereotypes, and fear and shame-based tactics in the instruction of sexual health. In an effort to inform Colorado’s residents of both the gains made in the state and the challenges local schools districts still face to implement comprehensive sexuality instruction consistent with state laws, The Healthy Colorado Youth Alliance and the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) released a report in 2010 examining the abstinence/marriage-promotion industry and the effect it has on Coloradan youth.

*Now rebranded as “healthy relationships,” “poverty reduction,” and “youth mentoring” programs.

Read the Executive Summary

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Raising Expectations, Raising Hope: Academic Achievement and Sexual Health

Raising Expectations, Raising Hope: Academic Achievement and Sexual Health

Colorado Youth Matter is pleased to release a new SASH brief, Raising Expectations, Raising Hope: Academic Achievement and Sexual Health. The brief is the first of its kind in Colorado, highlighting the link between academic success and sexual health. Colorado Youth Matter wants to reframe this discussion away from dropout and pregnancy prevention, and towards graduation and sexual health. Read the brief for compelling data and recommendations for ways to support the link between these two issues.

Access the brief here.

Sex Ed Snapshot Update

Sex Ed Snapshot Update

In 2010, after the 2007 state sexuality education law (HB07 -1292) was adopted, Colorado Youth Matter conducted an informal statewide assessment of local policies, content, delivery and professional development related to HIV prevention and sexuality education in Colorado schools to determine if the education and policies met the standards of the law. This groundbreaking report is available by clicking here: HIV Prevention and Sexuality Education in Colorado Classrooms: A Snapshot of Policy and Practice. Concurrently in 2007, a statewide coalition – The Healthy Colorado Youth Alliance – was formed to build statewide collaborations and strengthen advocacy efforts in support of the law. In 2010, new standards for health education were adopted by the Colorado Board of Education, prompting the need to update the assessment to monitor changes in sexuality education programs and policies implemented in schools across the state.

 

 

Sex Ed Snapshot Update - FAQ

Sex Ed Snapshot Update - FAQ

Prompted by the passage of the state’s comprehensive sex education law in 2007 (HB07-1292), Colorado Youth Matter conducted a baseline assessment of sexuality education programs and policies in schools in 2010 to determine if the education and policies met the standards of the law. Concurrently, a statewide coalition – The Healthy Colorado Youth Alliance – was formed to provide policy advocacy and community engagement strategies to support statewide implementation of the law. The Colorado Board of Education then adopted new standards for comprehensive health education, prompting the need for another assessment in 2012 to monitor changes in sexuality education programs and policies implemented in Colorado schools.

Title IX: Access to Education Report

Title IX: Access to Education Report

Check out Colorado Youth Matter's (formerly the Colorado Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Parenting, and Prevention) 2009 Access to Education Report. It provides data and policy recommendations to help young families reach their educational goals.

Read the report here

Youth Sexual Health in Colorado: A Call to Action

Youth Sexual Health in Colorado: A Call to Action

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) has developed a comprehensive plan to improve youth sexual health outcomes in Colorado, resulting in the publication, Youth Sexual Health in Colorado: A Call to Action. Colorado Youth Matter and The Healthy Colorado Youth Alliance were honored to be chosen to develop the Call to Action with the dedicated staff at CDPHE.

This document provides information and data about the current landscape in Colorado and provides strategies that impact all levels of a young person’s environment. These strategies are informed by existing research and themes that emerged from community input. Action steps are organized within the four “Spheres of Influence” in a young person’s life – individual youth, family networks, communities, and policies and systems.

The document was designed with the belief that youth can make healthy and informed decisions about their lives and future when each sphere responds to the needs of youth.

Copyright © 2015 Colorado Youth Matter

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