Youth Development: Strengthening Prevention Strategies: Youth development focuses on assets and strengths, not problems. Many effective programs have a strong commitment to youth and to preventing risk behaviors among youth, including sexual risktaking, dropping out of school, and using substances.
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of healthrisk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted
To reduce sexual risk behaviors and related health problems among youth, schools and other youthserving organizations can help young people adopt lifelong attitudes and behaviors that support their health and wellbeingincluding behaviors that reduce their risk for HIV, other STDs, and unintended pregnancy.
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