Colorado Family Advocate Survey Summary

Colorado Family Advocate Survey Summary

In honor of October’s Let’s Talk Month, which promotes family-child communication about sexual health, Colorado Youth Matter released its first report on Colorado families’ support for youth sexual health. Colorado Youth Matter’s report – Colorado Family Advocate Survey Summary 2013 – reveals the expectations, motivators, barriers and needs of adults to provide sexual health information to the youth in their lives. The results will inform families, community partners, decision-makers, funders and schools in guiding programs, funding and policies to support adult and family engagement in youth sexual health.

Among the notable data, Colorado survey respondents said they:

  • See themselves as Askable Adults (58%) while more see themselves as Family Advocates (77%) – defined within the report.
  • Expect public schools to teach comprehensive sexual health education (77%), though only 22% believe it is actually being taught in public schools.
  • Are responsible for educating themselves to respond to youth questions appropriately (68%).
  • Do know what to say to youth about sex and sexual health (85%), but are less certain of how much to say (71%), how to say it (63%) and when to say it (53%).

In addition to survey results, the report provides recommendations on strategies for youth, families, communities and systems to enhance adult involvement in promoting the rights and services for youth.

Many additional Family Engagement resources are also available online at Colorado Youth Matter’s family resource portal, including the Let’s Talk Month Tool Kit.