Education: Teens and Young Adults
Resources for Young People
It’s important to get the facts about sex, even if you’re not sexually active, so that you can make responsible choices about your life. It’s smart to protect yourself from unplanned pregnancy, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases, and to make sure your relationships and your body are healthy.
Planned Parenthood of Indiana provides lots of resources for teens and young adults, from health services including birth control, pregnancy testing, STD testing and treatment, annual exams, condoms and other supplies, to information and education though our Resource Center and our youth programs. Our health centers serve people under 18 (parental permission or judicial bypass required for abortion services).
Whether you want to research a particular health topic for a school paper or presentation, schedule an educational session for your class, after-school club, or youth group, or ask a health-related question, we’re here to help.
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If you're researching a paper or presentation on a topic related to sexual health, our Resource Center offers fact sheets, books, videos, articles, models, posters, pamphlets and other resources to help. Many of the more than 2,000 items in our collection are available for borrowing. Our Resource Specialist is available to answer research questions and help you find useful materials on your topic. The Resource Center is open between 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and Friday, 9:00am to 1:00pm. Call (317) 637-4377 to schedule a visit.
Schedule an education session
Our educators are available to teach sessions on a wide variety of topics, at your school, after-school group, church, youth center, or elsewhere in your community. Visit our Find an Educator page to contact the educator closest to your area to find out more or schedule a session.
Click here for links to our online fact sheets on a wide range of topics.
Links and Online Resources for Teens and Young Adults
TIPS - Teen Information Packet on Sexuality
I Wanna Know
Go Ask Alice: Columbia University’s health Q&A site for teens
Coalition for Positive Sexuality
OutProud, the National Coalition for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth
Scarleteen: Sex Education for the Real World
Advocates for Youth
MTV.com: Fight for Your Rights: Protect Yourself
If you have a question about Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s health services, sexual health issues like pregnancy, EC, birth control, STDs, Indiana laws affecting teens’ access to abortion, or other sexuality-related topics, you can send us an e-mail and we’ll respond to your question with answers and further information. This service is free and confidential, but is not available 24 hours a day. If you have a time-sensitive question about emergency contraception or other health issues, please call your local Planned Parenthood health center at 1-800-230-PLAN.
Peer educators serve as a resource for others in their communities, answering questions about puberty, reproductive health, sexuality, sexually transmitted diseases, relationships, and other sexuality and sexual health concerns. Young people aged 14-22 who successfully complete a comprehensive 40-hour training program are eligible to become Peer Educators, providing information to other youth in one-on-one consultations or group educational sessions. Peer Education provides youth the opportunity to develop valuable skills in leadership, public speaking, and community outreach.
Qualifications: Peer educators get along well with others, have good communication skills, the ability to make and keep commitments, the ability to work independently, good leadership skills, and feel comfortable with public speaking to others. Peer education groups currently exist in Indianapolis, Merrillville, Muncie, Bloomington, South Bend and Terre Haute.
Click here to learn more about the Peer Education program!
If you're interested in becoming a Peer Educator, please fill out your application online.
For details on becoming a Peer Educator or for more information please contact Peer Education.
Get Real, Indiana! – Support Comprehensive Sexuality Education
How was your sexuality education at school? Did you get the information you needed? Were all your questions about abstinence, contraception, partner communication and sexual health issues answered? If not, you’re not alone. Many young people don’t receive the information they need to become sexually healthy adults from their school.
If you agree that Indiana students deserve accurate, age-appropriate, affirming sexuality education, here's how to help:
- Sign the online petition
- Download the petition (pdf), gather signatures offline, and mail them back to us for collection.
- Ask your school, civic, business or religious organization to become a Get Real, Indiana! partner. Download the statement of support (pdf).
- Hold a Get Real, Indiana! forum in your community. Email us for details.
- Contact us for advice, resources, and a connection to other local advocates.
Join Get Real, Indiana! Together we can ensure that Indiana students will have the knowledge necessary to be healthy and safe.