Adolescent Health

The goal of VDH's Adolescent Health Program is to empower youth with the information, resources and access they need to make informed decisions about their health.

  • Positive Youth Development Programs: Five partners serve almost 2,000 youth in Hampton Roads, Harrisonburg, Paige County, Roanoke, Smyth County, Bristol, and Wise County in Teen Outreach Program and Project AIM.
  • Comprehensive Sex Ed: Starting July 1, 2020, three grantees began receiving funding to serve young people with Get Real: Comprehensive Sex Education That Works in Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottesville, Roanoke and The New River Valley. Grantees plan to collectively serve hundreds of young people this grant year.


  • The BrdsNBz “TALK2MEVA” sexual health text line for teens is no longer in operation. Upon evaluating the usage numbers of this pilot project, the Virginia Department of Health has determined that this approach was not a cost effective method to provide young people with sexual health information. If you are a young person looking for answers to your sexual health questions, here are some other free, anonymous resources that are similar to the BrdsNBz text line:
    • Roo (or text “Roo” to 22422) is an online chatbot powered by Planned Parenthood that can answer many of your questions about sexual health, relationships, growing up and more. Want to talk to an actual person? No problem - visit Planned Parenthood’s live chat tool or text “PPNOW” to 774636.
    • Scarleteen is a website with answers to all of your sexual health questions. If you need some assistance finding the right information, text your question to (206) 866-2279. One of the organization’s staff or volunteers can help point you in the right direction.
    • Sex Etc is a sexual health website made by teens, for teens.
  • COVID-19 Teen Social Media toolkit: Download our COVID-19 toolkit here


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