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TEEN Zone


Welcome to our teen zone! We’re so glad you’re here. As a teen, you have undoubtedly had the experience of being seen as irresponsible or as a “problem.” At EyesOpenIowa, we believe the opposite – that, when given the right information and level of responsibility, teens are actually the experts in knowing what can help them and their peers prevent too-early childbearing and sexually transmitted infections.

We offer a statewide texting line (TxTina), where you can receive confidential answers to your sexual and reproductive health questions, as well as resources for pregnant and parenting teens. Check out the information below and join us! We’d also love your suggestions for how to expand our programming in the future.

 

ASK TxTINA.com

Talking to adults about sex is about as fun as going to summer school. And asking questions during class in front of your friends can be totally embarrassing. So who can you talk to? 
You can text any questions to Tina and get the answers you need straight to your phone.

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THE BOOST.ORG

If you are a young mom or dad, or are expecting a baby, we have built a website, theboost.org to help you get the assistance you need.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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HELPFUL RESOURCES

NEED TO TALK?

We’ve shared some resources here that may be helpful for you or someone you care about.

If you need to talk with someone immediately, the resources below are available 24/7:
 

Crisis Text line
This is a national textline that serves people in any type of crisis. A trained Crisis Counselor provides support, resources, and information via text.

Love is Respect
This is a national hotline and organization that provides education, support and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships.

National Domestic Violence Hotline  
This is a national hotline that provides information and resources for people experiencing domestic violence and people seeking information on identifying unhealthy relationships.

National Human Trafficking Hotline
This is a national anti-trafficking hotline serving victims and survivors of human trafficking.

National Runaway Safeline
This is a national hotline that provides information and resources for youth who have left their homes and need help finding services (e.g., housing, food, medical care, etc.).

National Sexual Assault Hotline
This is a national hotline that provides information, resources, and referral for survivors of sexual assault.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline
This national hotline provides support and resources to people in crisis and distress.

The Trevor Project
This national hotline and website provides LGBTQ youth with crisis intervention and suicide prevention resources and information.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Other useful resources:

One Iowa
A statewide LGBTQ organization preserving and advancing equality for LGBTQ individuals through grassroots efforts, advocacy, and education.

Stomp Out Bullying
National nonprofit working to reduce and prevent bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educate against homophobia, LGBTQ discrimination, racism and hatred, and deter violence in schools, online and in communities across the country.

Proud2Bme
Online community created by and for teens that discusses everything from fashion and beauty to news, culture, and entertainment—all with the goal of promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy attitudes about food and weight.

I Am in Control
Online blog and Twitter Iowa teens can follow to find stories and information on being healthy and making the right choices for them. Run by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland
Planned Parenthood affiliate serving Iowa and Nebraska that provides, promotes, and protects reproductive and sexual health through health services, education, and advocacy.

The Boost Handbook
Just found out you're expecting? Download our handbook - Finding Your Footing A Resource for Pregnant and Parenting Young People.

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YOUNG PARENT?

Are you a teen mom or dad, or going to become one soon? We believe in supporting all parents on this journey, and have put together a list of  resources that you can access in the state of Iowa.

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