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“More Than Just Sex” PSAs, produced by CHN’s youth, follows the best practices of youth development. These PSAs were born out of the Somethin’ To Think About project, and are designed to create realistic quality and youth-friendly messaging around teen sexual health.
Thinking about your future can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone. Most high school and college students feel this way at some point. 80% of new college students admit that they aren’t sure what they want to major in. And before graduation, over 50% of college students change their major at least once. It’s okay to be unsure about where you want to end up in your future. Just don’t let that be a reason to walk away from it.
Children learn about their world and who they are through play, creativity, and imagination. Imagination can often be a window to the future. Make sure to find to let your kids just be kids.
All for the Likes
There are more than 16 billion photos on Instagram.
4.5 billion likes are posted on Facebook each day.
90% of teens have at least one photo of themselves on Facebook.
How many of us upload photos because we want others to see us in a certain way? How many of the 4.5 billion likes are for who we truly are? When we try to fit in with the expectations of others, sometimes we forget about own. Likes on Facebook or Instagram are great, but they are even better when they’re for who we really are.
The Accidental Bully
Anyone can become a bully, even if they didn’t mean to. “The Accidental Bully” shows how one teen can go from an innocent post to a cyber bully with one simple click. Stop and think before you hit send. Be part of the solution- not the problem. Bullying is never funny.
Everyone wants to have friends, be liked and fit in with their peers. But how far is too far? It’s time to think about all the crazy extremes we’ve gone through to fit in and ask ourselves is it worth it? Fitting in is a hilarious look at how far some teens go to fit in. How far would you go?
70% of recruiters and hiring managers in the United States have rejected an applicant based on the information they found online and on social networks.
Although funny, this PSA demonstrates the direct correlation between your “online presence” and your chances of getting that job, internship or accepted into that school of your dreams. Think twice about your cyber life. Don’t post content that might reflect poorly on you in the future.
Communication in a relationship is hard enough–why make it more complicated? When it comes to listening, the average person pays more attention to body language and tone of voice than to the actual words used. When is the last time you sent body language and tone of voice in a text? Get out from behind the computer and phone screens. Talk to and listen to your partner in-person.
Know The Signs
One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner. Relationship abuse can exist in many forms and non-violent forms of abuse often precede physical abuse. This powerful PSA encourages teens to know the warning signs of relationship abuse and provides resources for help.
If you live in New York City, Community Healthcare Network staff is here to help:
If you or someone you know is a victim of abuse, visit loveisrespect.org or contact Live Chat at 1-866-331-9474 at any time. Peer Advocates are there to talk to you 24 hours a day.
Seeing women as objects is the first step in treating women like objects. This eye-opening PSA encourages us to begin thinking of women differently.
There are many reasons why it can be difficult to tell your partner what you want – especially when it comes to safe sex. “Speak Up” reminds teens to speak up when it counts.
9 out of 10 LGBT teens say they have experienced harassment at school.
“Gay or Straight…Don’t Discriminate” challenges all teens to consider what it would be like to be bullied, harassed, or questioned solely on the basis of sexuality. This powerful PSA encourages teens to think twice about the damaging words or actions that are sometimes used towards those who do not identify as heterosexual.
If you or someone you know is being bullied or harassed because of their sexual orientation, contact the GLBT national youth talkline at: 1-800-246-7743 or visit www.glnh.org.
Meet the Contraceptives
There are many safe and effective contraceptive options available to teens, yet some young people are unaware of how many choices they have when it comes to birth control. “Meet the Contraceptives” provides accurate information about the birth control options available to teens in a fun and original way. And remember, only CONDOMS protect against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.
Think What’s Next
Sending sexy pictures through text or online is pretty harmless, right? Unfortunately, many teens who have “sexted” experience a range of social, emotional, and even legal consequences. This PSA challenges teens to think about what’s next before they sext.
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You are Beautiful
Many teenage girls feel extreme pressure from media and peers to have the “perfect” body. As a result, many adolescents struggle with negative body image. “You Are Beautiful” encourages girls to reject pressures that push narrow stereotypes of beauty.
You are Strong
Many teenage boys feel pressure from media and peers to have the “perfect” body. As a result, many adolescents struggle with negative body image. “You Are Strong” encourages boys to reject pressures that push narrow stereotypes of strength and masculinity.
Importance of Condoms PSA
A parody of drug commercials, “The Importance of Condoms” describes the consequences of unprotected sex and addresses common reasons that some people do not want to use condoms.
Condoms are 98% effective when used correctly. They provide protection against pregnancy and are the ONLY type of birth control that protect against STDs and HIV. Despite these incredible virtues, some teens still choose not to use condoms. The creators of “The Importance of Condoms” want you to understand the importance of using condoms.
Teen Clinic Tour PSA
Regular reproductive health check-ups are essential for adolescents and adults to stay healthy. For many teens, going to a clinic for a reproductive health visit can be intimidating and unfamiliar. “Teen Clinic Tour” provides a virtual tour of a typical teen clinic visit and addresses common concerns that are associated with a first clinic visit, including confidentiality, cost, and accessibility.
In New York City, adolescents can receive confidential reproductive healthcare without parental consent and at no or low-cost.
Respect the Line PSA
“Respect the Line” challenges teens to respect others’ personal boundaries by taking a glimpse into situations that may cross personal lines. “Respect the Line” complements another PSA, “Draw the Line”, by showing the audience two different perspectives of the same scenes.
Face Your Fears
Face Your Fears examines typical fears young people face every day and encourages them to face their fears, specifically fears about testing for HIV. Young people account for about 13% of people who get a new diagnosis of HIV or AIDS each year.
Top 3 reasons to get tested for HIV:
1. Early treatment means a healthier, longer life.
2. Knowing your status protects you AND your partner(s).
3. Knowing your status (positive or negative) allows you to make informed decisions about sex, about your health and about your lifestyle.