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Adolescent Health Initiative


The Adolescent Health Initiative is a targeted prevention program that equips young people at risk for unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV, and alcohol and substance use (as it relates to unintended pregnancy and risk of HIV/STD infection), with information and skills to make healthy choices throughout their lives.


The program works with youth ages 10-21 in school-based and community locations, providing evidence-based comprehensive sex education that has been proven effective in reducing the incidence of risky behaviors in at-risk youth and young adults. Participants in the program gain lifelong skills needed to practice alternatives to risky behaviors.


For more information, youth@ACRHealth.org


The Adolescent Health Initiative is supported by the United Way of Central New York, United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica, and United Way of Northern New York.



Services provided


  • Group sessions for comprehensive sexual health education
  • One-on-one risk reduction education
  • Referrals to resources for youth and families
  • Support and guidance for healthy decision making


Youth engaged in our programs have shown increased healthy and positive behaviors, improved grades, and attendance at school.  Feel free to call for more information or to set up a consultation with staff to better fit your organization’s or personal needs.


Our youth regularly participate in the following special events:


  • ACR Health’s AIDS Walk/Runs, Sled for Red, and BLOWOUT
  • Suicide Awareness and Prevention campaigns
  • The Selfie Project
  • The Ally Project
  • United Way efforts to improve our community
  • AIDS Memorial Quilt Displays