A Qualitative Exploration of Community-Based Organization Programs, Resources, and Training to Promote Adolescent Sexual Health Academic Article uri icon


  • Youth development professionals (YDPs) working at community-based organizations (CBOs) can promote adolescent sexual health through programs. This study explored the programs and resources that youth access at CBOs and training YDPs receive.Twenty-one semi-structured interviews were conducted with YDPs. Qualitative content analyses were conducted using NVivo.Most YDPs (n = 15, 71.4%) described sexuality-related programs for youth. Some YDPs provided informal information (n = 11, 52.4%) and/or referrals for youth (n = 6, 28.6%). Few YDPs (n = 8, 38.1%) were trained to address adolescent sexuality, but some (n = 10, 47.6%) sought outside resources.YDPs have a unique opportunity to improve adolescent sexual health and sexuality. Five considerations for organizations that develop programs and training for CBOs are suggested.


  • McCarthy, MA
  • Fisher, CM
  • Zhou, J
  • Zhu, H
  • Kneip Pelster, A
  • Schober, DJ
  • Baldwin, K
  • Fortenberry, JD
  • Goldsworthy, R

publication date

  • 2015