Webinar: Making All Students Count – How (and Why!) to Engage in Local Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Advocacy

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Date(s) - Jul 31, 2012
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM



Please join the All Students Count Coalition on Tuesday, July 31 at 2pm ET tolearn about efforts to promote health, safety, and academic success for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ), and gender nonconforming students through data collection on state and local Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBS). The YRBS is the most important survey for gathering heath risk information about school-age youth. It collects data about nutrition, bullying, violence, skipping school, drug and alcohol abuse, and sexual activity. However, only some states and school districts use surveys that ask approved optional questions about sexual orientation and behavior and gender expression. Without these data, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students are virtually invisible, and we can’t tell what their most pressing needs are! We need your help to ensure that youth health data reflect the reality of our students’ lives so that school programs and policies can better meet their needs and create safe, affirming environments that will support students’ learning and success.


This free webinar will discuss advocacy that is taking place at the national level to help states and districts collect vital data about LGBTQ and gender nonconforming youth, as well as ways that state and local organizations and agencies like yours can support this advocacy in your state or school district. Each state and district that conducts the YRBS has the flexibility to decide what questions to ask on their survey – you can help make sure they count LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students in your area!


What?   Making All Students Count — How (and Why!) to Engage in Local Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Advocacy

When?  July 31, 2012, 2:00 Eastern Standard Time

Who?    State and local advocates and organizations that support youth health, education, and safety


To register, please visit: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/showReg?udc=8loh52m3wec4


The All Students Count Coalition is a group of national youth, education, health, civil rights, and LGBT organizations that support the addition of questions concerning sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey at the federal, state, and local level.

For more information about the All Students Count Coalition or this webinar, please contact Abby Rosenstein at abby@ADVOCATESFORYOUTH.ORG or by phone at 202-419-3420 ext. 19.   



National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention among Adolescents.

The Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) is pleased to announce the launch of the National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention among Adolescents. Please take a few minutes to visit this new resource at www.preventyouthHIV.org.

The National Resource Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention among Adolescents (Center) will support adolescent service providers (i.e. organizations that work with teens, such as community health educators or clinicians) by providing web-based resources, evidence-based program information, and links to training and technical assistance to help prevent HIV/AIDS among adolescents, in particular adolescents from minority and high risk populations.

With funds from the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund, OAH competitively awarded a cooperative agreement to the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) to develop and operate the Center in partnership with the National Network of STD/HIV Training Centers and the University of California San Francisco HIV Information Center.

The website features:

A calendar with a list of HIV-prevention, and related events nationwide.

“What’s New” – providing readers with current research and information related to adolescent HIV prevention.

“What Works” – including a database directory of evidence-based adolescent HIV prevention interventions and implementation and adaptation information.

Online “discussion rooms” where visitors can share success stories and challenges related to HIV prevention among adolescents.

Resources where visitors can access a compilation of useful websites and tools related to HIV prevention and adolescents.

Technical assistance, giving visitors the opportunity to request technical assistance on navigating the website, technical consultation on implementing and adapting evidence-based interventions, and guidance on connecting with other professionals or agencies to provide additional information.