This website is brought to you by the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. We provide school-based sexual health education programs and partner with local health clinics, nonprofit organizations and others who are working to improve teen health and reduce the rates of teen pregnancy and spread of sexually transmitted diseases.
216Teens is our awareness campaign to prevent teen pregnancy and the spread of STDs among youth throughout our county. It is designed to educate and motivate teenagers (14 to 19 year olds) about safer sexual behaviors and to increase their use of trusted local health services and resources.
Funding for this campaign is made possible by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health.
We provide medically accurate content and evidence based sexual health curriculum. We aim to present in a way that is teen-friendly and engaging. We work with teen advisors to help shape our content in order to stay current and innovative.
We are committed to treating everyone with compassion and integrity and providing information that will benefit all teens, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic circumstances, religion or faith. We strive to be fair, respectful and nonjudgmental in everything we do.
Our vision is for Cuyahoga County teenagers to understand their physical and emotional development and empower them to delay sexual initiation. We also want to inform them about the risks, motivate them to prevent unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, and encourage them to seek reproductive health services.
Our Mission & Goals
Our mission is to educate, inform and motivate teens in our communities to practice safer sexual behaviors and to make these behaviors part of their normal routine.
The 216Teens campaign is designed as an ongoing outreach program, rather than a project with an end date.
Our goal is to reach Cuyahoga County teenagers and to collaborate with community partners to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases now as well as in the future. We invite you to join us in our efforts. Contact us to learn more about our Community Advisory Group and the Ohio Youth Leadership Council.