For decades, Essential Access has implemented a broad range of programs and services to increase youth awareness about their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and provide linkages to high quality services provided in-person or through telehealth.
TeenSource+ is a new Essential Access initiative that centers youth voices, experiences, and leadership in program, policy, and message development. TeenSource+ fosters and facilitates collective action to strategically and intentionally expand our reach, particularly among youth that have historically and systemically faced barriers to care.
TeenSource+ partners with youth and youth allies to:
- Educate young people about sexual + reproductive health, the free and confidential services available to them, and their right to access care, take ownership of their health, and build healthy relationships;
- Engage young people in conversations about sexual and reproductive health topics that are important to them and elevate their voices and experiences in TeenSource+ content and programming;
- Empower young people to make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and advocate for themselves and others; and
- Envision and shape the future of a more diverse, inclusive, and community-centered sexual and reproductive health workforce and health care delivery system.
Resources for Youth
Learn more about our youth programming and services at TeenSource.org. Created in partnership with California teens, the website gets over 1,000,000 page views each year, connecting youth to services like our statewide TeenSource Tips text messaging system and Condom Action Project. Essential Access also collaborates with youth in South Los Angeles to plan and implement an annual sexual and reproductive health conference, Spring Into Love.
Resources for Parents + Caregivers
Recognizing the important role parents, caregivers, and other family members and trusted adults play in youth sexual and reproductive health and wellness, Essential Access launched TalkWithYourKids.org in English and Spanish nearly 20 years ago. You can join our TalkWithYourKids online community on Facebook.
Resources for Youth-Serving Professionals
Youth-serving professionals can visit our online learning portal to find continuing education opportunities offered through our Learning Exchange to support the delivery of high quality, client-centered sexual and reproductive health care for teens and young adults.
Contact us to learn more about TeenSource+ and explore potential partnership opportunities.