ACT- Helping Youth ACT Responsibly

Teen Pregnancy / STD Prevention Education

ACT has been engaged in comprehensive sexual health education since 1985, has been a program of Community Action of Orleans & Genesee, Inc. since 1996, and is advised by a Community Council.

Comprehensive educational programming on the prevention of / testing for teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Goal setting and refusal skills are practiced. Consequences of sexual activity are discussed, along with local resources available for comprehensive health care. Additional skills on healthy relationships, healthy attitudes and effective communication are provided.

Mission: To provide educational opportunities to reduce the disproportionately high teen pregnancy and STD rates in Orleans and Genesee Counties.

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September is also Gynecological Cancer Awareness Month! ๐ŸŽ—๏ธ

Did you know there are five types of gynecological cancers? These are cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancer.

The good news is that you can take steps to decrease your risk for some of these cancers right now! ๐Ÿ™Œ For example, getting the vaccine against HPV can help prevent cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancers. In addition, a Pap Test can help prevent cervical cancer and detect it in its early stages. ๐Ÿฅ

#sexualhealth #PreventionWorks #takecareofyourself

Yesterday was National Read a Book Day! ๐Ÿ“š

Over the years, reading has been found to have several positive bodily effects, including promoting relaxation & stress relief- something we all could benefit from! Pick up a book today, and if you need recommendations, check out the list below! ๐Ÿ‘“

https://sexpositivefamilies.com/sex-positive-families-reading-list/

Today is World Teachers Day! ๐ŸŽ

This day is celebrated to commemorate the United Nationsโ€™ adoption of guidelines surrounding the rights & responsibilities of teachers, as well as standards for their education & training. ๐Ÿ“š

This year, the theme is โ€œTeachers: Leading in Crisis, Reimagining the Future,โ€ as we honor the hard work teachers put in every day to protect the right to education- particularly lately as they develop innovative virtual & hybrid strategies to meet students where they are, provide access to education, while protecting student safety. ๐Ÿ’ป Thank you to all the teachers we partner with- we continue to be inspired by your dedication to your students.๐Ÿ’š

Today is World Sexual Health Day! ๐Ÿฉบ

This yearโ€™s theme is โ€˜Sexual Pleasure amid COVID-19.โ€™ We believe the first step to experiencing pleasurable relationships & sex throughout life is receiving medically-accurate, gender/ disability/ culturally/ religiously/ ethnically inclusive sex education that empowers individuals with the knowledge & skills to make their own informed decisions now and in the future- and COVID does NOT change that. โœŠ๐Ÿฝ

As such, weโ€™re excited to celebrate #WorldSexualHealthDay with you today, continue providing our online educational materials on our social media & website, but most importantly- canโ€™t wait to partner with schools yet again this year to make sure young people in Orleans & Genesee Counties have access to sexual health information, whether that be through virtual programming, in person, hybrid, etc.- we will make it work. ๐Ÿค

September is also Suicide Prevention Awareness Month! This is the perfect time to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services ๐Ÿ™Œ

Mental Health America is hosting a virtual conference on COVID-19, mental health, and the need for equity. Sign up now to watch the live feed today and tomorrow! This is a great opportunity to learn about the current rates of depression/anxiety, suicidal ideation, barriers in care and how the pandemic has impacted the Nationโ€™s mental health overall. ๐Ÿ’ป https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mhas-annual-conference-covid-19-mental-health-and-the-need-for-equity-tickets-114326483590?utm_source=eventbrite&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=event_reminder&utm_term=eventname #MHACONF20

Weโ€™ll be sharing more in the following weeks, but here are some resources if you or someone you know is in need:

If you have questions or need support, call the โ„•๐”ธ๐•„๐•€ โ„๐•–๐•๐•ก๐•ƒ๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•– at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)

If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the โ„•๐•’๐•ฅ๐•š๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•’๐• ๐•Š๐•ฆ๐•š๐•”๐•š๐••๐•– โ„๐• ๐•ฅ๐•๐•š๐•Ÿ๐•– at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)

If youโ€™re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also ๐•ฅ๐•–๐•ฉ๐•ฅ โ„•๐”ธ๐•„๐•€ ๐•ฅ๐•  ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ™-๐ŸŸ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿ™to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line

As always, call ๐•”๐•’๐•๐• ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™ if you or someone you know is in an emergency ๐Ÿ“ž

#SPM20 #NotAlone

Happy September! September is awareness month for several important topics we'll be discussing, including Sexual Health!

The term sexual health is often used, but what does it actually mean? Check out an explanation below- it encompasses more than most people expect!โš•๏ธ

#knowledgeispower #sexualhealth

The 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Data has been released!๐Ÿ™Œ

Check out some of the sexual health statistics at the link below.

Some highlights include a continued decrease in the number of teens reporting having ever had sex, while reported condom use at last sex has also unfortunately continued to decrease.๐Ÿ“ˆ

https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/factsheets/2019_sexual_trend_yrbs.htm

[08/26/20]   Community Action of Orleans & Genesee is seeking community members (in both counties) to complete a Community Needs Assessment. This short survey will help determine future services and programs, which are developed based on YOUR needs ๐Ÿ™Œ

Surveys will be available until September 30, 2020 ๐Ÿ“…

๐Ÿ‘‰ For Orleans County: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NLN62DC

๐Ÿ‘‰ For Genesee County: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NL87HP3

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Trans Youth Handbook

We came across an awesome document from the Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic we wanted to share, as it is important to understand your rights and the rights of others. ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

Check out The Trans Youth Handbook, which is an easy to understand guide explaining the rights of trans youth in situations related to identity documents, school, healthcare, and work. โš–๏ธ

https://bakermckenzie.turtl.co/story/trans-youth-handbook/page/1

bakermckenzie.turtl.co Helping you learn about your legal rights in different areas of your life

Have you ever wondered how cancer screening recommendations become standard in our country? An example is what's happening right now with Cervical Cancer:

The American Cancer Society recently advised starting HPV & Pap tests in those with a cervix at a later age and less frequently than is currently practiced to screen for cervical cancer. They say testing every 5 years starting at age 25 would be acceptable, rather than testing every 3 years starting at age 21.

What happens next? The U.S. Preventative Task Force will examine the evidence and decide whether to change the nationwide guideline.

Stay tuned and we will keep you up to date on any decision that may affect you and your health!

Read more here: https://www.today.com/health/cervical-cancer-american-cancer-society-s-new-guidelines-t188141

#knowledgeispower

Over the years, some colleges have celebrated Consent Month during September. While we're a little early to celebrate, we think consent should be talked about all year round. For example...

While flirting is meant to be playful, yes means yes & no means no. Consent must be freely-given, so unless your partner asks you to check back with them at a later time, 'no' does not mean 'convince me.'
#KnowledgeisPower #IASK

This week is National Health Center Week, designed to highlight the work health centers do to create improved access to services & healthier communities for us all! ๐Ÿฉบ

Oak Orchard is one local health center where you can get sexual healthcare services. Do you know others? Check out the 'Local Sexual Health Services' page on our website to identify others! ๐Ÿฅ

#sexualhealth #PreventionWorks #yourhealthisimportant

Oak Orchard Health celebrates National Health Center Week
https://orleanshub.com/oak-orchard-health-celebrates-national-health-center-week/

Today is International Youth Day! ๐Ÿง’

This day is designed to celebrate youth & highlight the power young peoples' voices, actions and initiatives have in helping bring meaningful & equitable change throughout the world. โœŠ๐Ÿพ

To celebrate, we wanted to share an amazing panel discussion being held tonight by CNY AFSP & CNY Pride, designed to provide LGBTQ+ youth with resources & tips on safety, resilience, and coping strategies for mental health challenges. Registration is free!

#InternationalYouthDay #sexualhealth #knowledgeispower

(ใฃโ—”โ—กโ—”)ใฃ โ™ฅ We are proud to partner with ๐˜พ๐™‰๐™” ๐™‹๐™ง๐™ž๐™™๐™š to bring you the second event in the "๐™Ž๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™ค๐™œ๐™š๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ง" series, ๐™‡๐™‚๐˜ฝ๐™๐™Œ+ ๐™”๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™! If you're a teen or young adult, register for free today, invite a few friends, and tune in together on Wednesday, August 12 at 7:00 pm. Join our fabulous host, ๐™Œ๐™ช๐™š๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™Ž๐™–๐™ข๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ฉ๐™๐™– ๐™‘๐™š๐™œ๐™–, and a panel of some really cool folks who will be sharing their tips for getting through difficult times and taking care of your mental health. If you're a Family member or Ally of an LGBTQ+ youth, we invite you to join us on 8/19 for a panel discussion specifically for you!
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A Capabilities Approach to Sexual Well-being for New Yorkโ€™s Youth

Parents, teachers, community members: one more week before the NYS Council on Adolescent Pregnancy hosts their first webinar! ๐Ÿ“†

There is a $15 fee, but reach out to NYSCAP if you are in need of assistance/ reduced cost. Check out more info & register at the link below. ๐Ÿ’ป

#sexualhealth #knowledgeispower

eventbrite.com Identify how social injustice obstructs youth sexual rights & how the Capabilities Approach can be used to foster youth sexual well-being.

August is also National Breastfeeding Month! ๐Ÿ‘ถ ๐Ÿคฑ ๐Ÿผ
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Breastfeeding can lead to a healthier life for children by providing protection against many common infections and nutritionally balanced meals. It can even lower the risk of allergies, asthma and diabetes later in life ๐Ÿ™Œ

We often discuss breastfeeding as a transmission route for HIV. Yes, it is possible to transmit HIV through pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. Therefore, it is recommended for HIV positive individuals to avoid breastfeeding altogether. Along with testing and treatment, this recommendation has led to a significant decrease in perinatal acquired HIV in the United States.

Did you know Western New York Independent Living has a Youth Peer Advocacy Program? They are hosting a Virtual Open House tomorrow (Thursday August 6th) from 6-8pm where you can learn more! ๐Ÿ’ป

Check out this cool opportunity to get to know the new Youth Peer Advocacy Program at WNYIL!

Learn about who we are, what we do, and where we hope to go with the help of young people who join the Youth Advisory Council!

Opportunity to win prizes and participate in Q & A will be a part of this Virtual event!

EVERYONE is invited! No need to register! SCAN the QR code in the flyer below or join with this link!
https://www.gotomeet.me/IndependentLivingWNY/youth-open-house

Any Questions reach out to us at [email protected]!

August is National Immunization Awareness Month โš•๏ธ

๐Ÿฆ  Infections that are prevented by preteen vaccines, like HPV, can lead to serious health problems later in life. The immunization schedule is designed to provide immunity early in life, before children are likely to be exposed to serious, potentially life-threatening diseases. View the CDCโ€™s parent-friendly immunization schedule to see which vaccines your children need, whether they are babies or teenagers: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/child-shell-easyread.html

๐Ÿ”ฌ We understand that safety is often a concern when it comes to vaccines. If you would like to learn more about the U.S. Vaccine Safety Monitoring System, check out this short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcvgp6gNh6o

#NIAM #ivax2protect

Many people are either unaware of human trafficking or believe it is something that only happens internationally, but it is a concern here in our own country & state as well.

Today is #EndHumanTrafficking Day. It can seem like a topic too large for any individual to tackle, but there are steps we can take to raise awareness & create a world free of the human rights violation that is human trafficking. To start off, educate yourself on the warning signs, effects & prevention strategies.

Visit the United Nations website for information on trafficking around the world, as well as Love146 for info on exploitation of children in the USA.

#educateyourself #standtogether #EndHumanTrafficking

"If the world is to put human dignity and human rights at the centre of the #COVID19 response and recovery, we need to do more to protect trafficking victims and prevent vulnerable people from being exploited by criminals."

-- UN Secretary-General Antรณnio Guterres on Thursday's World Day against Trafficking in Persons. https://bit.ly/30Vmaco

Viral hepatitis can be deadly, especially when undiagnosed. With an estimated 300 million people living with viral hepatitis, getting tested is more important than ever.

Get tested and help #FindTheMissingMillions for #WorldHepatitisDay! ๐ŸŒ

Today we honor our parents. Whether it's your grandparents, foster parents, legal guardians or others in your life who protect, love and care for you, share your appreciation today!

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ Part of having a positive relationship with your parent(s) is having an open channel of communication. This is especially important if you're thinking about having sex. These (sometimes awkward) conversations can help build trust and support ๐Ÿ–ค

#ParentsDay #communication #appreciate #talktoyourkids #talktoyourparents

Managing your emotional well-being as a teenager can be difficult. For Hispanic and other minority students, this is even more true. Language barriers, poverty and social aggression (hostility, bullying, xenophobia, etc.) can contribute to feelings of sadness and hopelessness, often affecting school attendance and performance.

With two weeks of #MinorityMentalHealthMonth remaining, encourage your local school districts to prioritize mental health services. In addition, urge school administrators, teachers and other staff to address and manage racist or xenophobic behaviors in a culturally responsive way ๐Ÿ‘

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ“š #beakindhuman

What do you actually consider to be sex? ๐Ÿค” One study found that the majority of young people do not consider oral sex as "sex". Whatever sex is to you, be mindful of STDs and always #protectyourself!

If you are ever in need of safer sex supplies, stop in our office! You can take whatever (and as much as) you'd like with no questions asked ๐Ÿ˜Š

Happy National French Fry Day ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿคค While you're out enjoying your french fry freebies today, take a second to learn about one of our favorite acronyms: F.R.I.E.S.

F.R.I.E.S is an easy way to remember what is required for a sexual act to be considered consensual. #Consent is:

๐ŸŸ Freely Given: Consent is a choice YOU make. If you are pressured, manipulated or under the influence, it is not your choice.

๐ŸŸ Reversible: You can change your mind!

๐ŸŸ Informed: You know exactly what you're consenting to. For example, you could consent to sex but only if a condom is used.

๐ŸŸ Enthusiastic: Just because someone doesn't specifically say "no" (or they don't say anything at all) doesn't mean it's a "yes". #YesMeansYes

๐ŸŸ Specific: If you consent to one type of sex, it shouldn't be assumed that you consent to other types of sex or activities.

Pretty easy, right? To some, it may seem like a lot but understanding consent is extremely important for yourself and your partner. Keep in mind that there are also laws of consent that vary by state, such as the age of consent.

๐Ÿ—ฝ Here in New York, those under the age of 17 cannot legally consent to sex.

The importance of family planning and its impact on our lives is often overlooked. In developing countries, more than 220 million women do not have access to contraceptives or family planning information and services. Having the ability to choose whether to become pregnant positively affects the individual's well-being, as well as human and economic development ๐ŸŒŽ

#WorldPopulationDay #FamilyPlanning #HealthInequities

@AMAZE is offering a unique opportunity for youth between the ages of 10-16 to become Youth Ambassadors ๐Ÿ™Œ

Are you passionate about the health and rights of young
people?

Willing to advise AMAZE program staff to make sure other young people will like and learn from our new videos?

Do you want $50 a month for your feedback?

If you're interested, grab your parent(s) or guardian and join a video information sessions next week!

Yesterday, we shared information about the International AIDS Conference. One of the critical barriers in ending the global AIDS epidemic is fear, negative attitudes and discrimination toward homosexuals; better known as โ€œhomophobiaโ€.

Homophobia (as well as Transphobia) are manifested in society. In the school setting, many LBGBTQ students face harassment, bullying and even physical abuse. In some countries, homosexual acts are punishable by death. This can create a fear of stigma, violence and discrimination when seeking healthcare services including HIV testing and treatment.

While LGBTQ discriminatory laws across the world are being repealed, we can work together to end homophobia by becoming (better) allies to the LGBTQ community. You can start here by understanding what homophobia is and how it manifests.

๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿณ๏ธโ€๐ŸŒˆ

Today begins the 23rd International AIDS Conference. As an effort to strengthen national and global AIDS policies and programs, delegates from all over the world will share the latest in HIV research, knowledge and advocacy ๐ŸŒŽ

If you donโ€™t have access to the conference and would like to learn more about HIV, visit www.HIV.gov for the most current and accurate information available ๐Ÿ‘

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Services provided free of charge in Orleans and Genesee Counties: Evidence-based curriculums for groups of Youth (females/males, 10-21 years); Information for youth on accessing local comprehensive health care; Parent Programs on communication; Community Presentations on statistics, services and local resources; Facebook followers provided weekly discussion topics.

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