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Overview of Take Action for Adolescents
Take Action for Adolescents ‒ A Call to Action for Adolescent Health and Well-Being (“Take Action for Adolescents” or “the Call to Action”) aims to ensure that all adolescents in the United States have the safety, support, and resources they need to thrive, be healthy, and have equitable opportunity to realize their full potential.
Take Action for Adolescents is the result of extensive collaboration and input from allies and partners, including numerous agencies across the federal government, nongovernmental organizations and experts, and young people. The document provides actionable guidance to support and build on the strengths, talents, and potential of the 64 million young people in the United States. OPA hosted a webinar on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, to discuss the Call to Action, watch the recording to learn more and hear from policy makers, researchers, and youth panelists.
The Call to Action outlines eight goals and aligned initial action steps that can help create coordinated systems, services, and supports that young people need to thrive.
What is the Call to Action?
Many adolescents in the U.S. face challenges in obtaining the health care and services they need to thrive, be healthy, and realize their full potential.
Take Action for Adolescents is a call to action for adults—including policy makers, health care and human service providers and organizations, youth-serving professionals and organizations, researchers, parents, legal representatives, and caregivers—to work collaboratively for change that benefits young people. It details initial action steps that can be customized to help achieve each of the goals. The Call to Action and accompanying Take Action Toolkit include examples of federal programs and resources that support adolescent health and well-being.
The goals and action steps in Take Action for Adolescents are designed to inspire individuals and organizations to develop innovative approaches that break down silos, improve systems that impact young people, and identify policies and programs that support young people and help them thrive. These types of investments in adolescent health and well-being can generate "triple dividend": health for adolescents now, a healthy adult life, and better health for the next generation.