Madeline Print

In order for youth to be safer and more sexually conscientious, the young people of my generation and generations to come should always have access to information about sexual health.

Madeline, 21, works with Advocates for Youth and the AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland as a member of the Ohio Advocates.

I first heard of Advocates for Youth and the youth sexual health and rights movement through an organization on my campus, and when I did I knew it was something I had to be a part of.  Because I am studying to become a sexual health educator, I have a lot of passion when it comes to sharing knowledge with others about sexual health and responsibility.  Though there have been a lot of improvements and changes in the education system, there is still room for improvement.

When others are educated in ways that protect and benefit their health, I want to be a part of it.  It seems that education on sexual health is not up to par compared to the increasing number of sexually active youth.  When I see that comprehensive sex education helps young people be more safe and responsible, it not only motivates me to be involved, but also encourages me to get others involved as well.

That being said, what I would like to see for the youth of my generation and for future generations is a better understanding of their sexual health and gaining more sexual responsibility.  For those who are sexually active, getting tested regularly, using contraceptives and talking with your partner are all steps toward becoming more sexually responsible.  In order for youth to be safer and more sexually conscientious, the young people of my generation and generations to come should always have access to information about sexual health.  Whether it be to explore options, educate themselves about protection or seek advice about personal matters, I want young people to have to option to be informed.

Young people should advocate for sexual health and rights simply because they are the future.  Of course it takes support from all ages, but when we want to see a major change, the young generation has the drive and power to carry on new ways of living that should not be ignored.

 
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