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Take Action for Adolescents — A Call to Action for Adolescent Health and Well-Being

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Take Action for Adolescents — A Call to Action for Adolescent Health and Well-Being (PDF, 35 pages) (Disponible en Español - PDF, 35 páginas) (“Take Action for Adolescents” or “the Call to Action”) is a call to action for adults—including policymakers, health care and human service providers and organizations, youth-serving professionals and organizations, researchers, parents, legal representatives, and caregivers—to work collaboratively for change that benefits young people. The Call to Action provides actionable guidance to support and build on the strengths, talents, and potential of the 64 million young people in the United States.

About Take Action for Adolescents
Learn about the eight goals of Take Action for Adolescents, how the Call to Action was designed, and how it will be implemented.

Use Take Action for Adolescents
Discover what action steps you can take to help create the coordinated systems, services, and supports that young people need to thrive. Review examples of federal programs and resources that support adolescent health and well-being.

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Adolescent Health: Think, Act, Grow (TAG)
This previous adolescent health initiative was a national call to action to improve adolescent health in the United States. TAG called upon organizations and individuals to prioritize activities that support the health and healthy development of all adolescents.

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