About Advocates for Youth

Mission Print

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.

Strategic Plan: Mission, Vision, Niche, and Goals:

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View our 2014 Annual Report here:

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Our Vision: The 3Rs

Advocates for Youth envisions a society that views sexuality as normal and healthy and treats young people as a valuable resource.

The core values of Rights. Respect. Responsibility.® (3Rs) animate this vision:

RIGHTS: Youth have the inalienable right to honest sexual health information; confidential, consensual sexual health services; and equitable opportunities to reach their full potential.

RESPECT: Youth deserve respect. Valuing young people means authentically involving them in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies that affect their health and well-being.

RESPONSIBILITY: Society has the responsibility to provide young people with all of the tools they need to safeguard their sexual health, and young people have the responsibility to protect themselves.

How We Are Different

Advocates for Youth is the only organization that works both in the United States and in developing countries with a sole focus on adolescent reproductive and sexual health.

Advocates for Youth occupies a unique niche because it:

  • Brings youth development strategies to the field of adolescent sexual health and sexual health strategies to the field of youth development
  • Integrates strategies related to STIs, HIV/AIDS, and teen pregnancy prevention, fields that often operate in isolation from one another
  • Uses its domestic and international work for learning about and disseminating lessons across borders
  • Provides printed and electronic resources, technical assistance, and training to promote research-based best practices in the field of adolescent sexual health.
a youth-driven communityworking for change
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by and for young women of color
by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth
a grassroots movement to start a new conversation about abortion
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