Adolescent Health

The Adolescent Health Program offers school and community based education services designed to reduce risky behaviors and develop life-skills that will motivate young people and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Helping Youth Prevent Pregnancy Program (HYPP) is incorporated into Adolescent Health services to engage youth and parents in an effort to address sexual risk-taking behaviors.  The Adolescent Health Program also oversees the City of Richmond teen pregnancy prevention programming.  Call (804) 205-3902 for information.

We focus on helping adolescents make healthy choices about their future and creating a supportive environment for adolescent health education throughout the City of Richmond.

teens-collageWhat’s New:

Teens and Sexual Activity

Fewer than 2% of adolescents have had sex by the time they reach their 12th birthday. But adolescence is a time of rapid change. Only 16% of teens have had sex by age 15, compared with one-third of those aged 16, nearly half (48%) of those aged 17  Read More…

Teens and Alcohol

Alcohol is the most frequently used drug by teenagers in the United States. About half of junior high and senior high school students drink alcohol on a monthly basis, and 14% of teens have been intoxicated at least once in the past year. Read More…

Teens and Tobacco

According to the CDC, more than 3,000 young people become regular smokers every day, which is more than one million new smokers a year.  Read More…

Teens and Drugs

There is good news and bad news when it comes to teen drug use. The good news is that the statistics show that fewer teens are using drugs. The bad news is these same statistics still show that a lot of teens, some starting as early as in the 8th grade, are using drugs. Read More…

Teens and the Internet

Today’s teens have knowledge of the Internet that often surpasses that of their parents. Because so many teens are Internet savvy, it is imperative that they also have an understanding of the dangers that exist online and how to deal with them.  Read More…

Suggested Reading:

hookedHooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children (Hardcover)

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Teen Parenthood Most Common in Rural America
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has released a reportwith first-ever data comparing rural, suburban, and urban teen childbearing. This first of its kind analysis shows that the teen birth rate in 2010 in rural counties surpasses that in suburban counties and major urban centers. The new researchis based on National Campaign tabulations using birth data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.


The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and commissioned a survey of teens and young adults to explore electronic activity. This is the first public study of its kind to quantify the proportion of teens and young adults that are sending or posting sexually suggestive text and images.

To read the survey click here.


The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy recently released With One Voice 2012 – a nationally representative survey of teens and adults.

To read more click here

teenbrainsmallestThe Teen Brain
New information about how the teen brain functions.



The National Campaign has released a new publication, The Adolescent Brain: A Work in Progress. The authors explore adolescent neurological development, and recommend incorporating their research into discussions on adolescent sexual behavior and pregnancy. Click here to go to National Campaign’s website to view full publication.
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