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close this bookYou, Your Life, Your Dreams: A Book for Adolescents (FCI, 2000, 213 p.)
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View the documentEVALUATION FORM
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View the documentFOREWORD
View the documentA NOTE TO PARENTS, TEACHERS AND OTHER ADULTS
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 1: ADOLESCENCE: THE BIG CHANGE, THE BIG CHALLENGE
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 2: YOUR CHANGING BODY
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 3: BOYS
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 4: GIRLS
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 5: BASIC BODY CARE
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 6: TAKING CARE OF YOUR HEART AND HEAD
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 7: CHANGING RELATIONSHIPS: YOU AND YOUR PARENTS
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 8: FRIENDSHIPS AND FALLING IN LOVE
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 9: SEXUALITY AND SEX
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 10: TAKING CARE OF YOUR SEXUAL HEALTH
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 11: PREGNANCY AND CONTRACEPTION
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 12: PRESSURED SEX AND SEX AGAINST YOUR WILL
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 13: DRUG ABUSE
Open this folder and view contentsCHAPTER 14: REACHING YOUR DREAMS
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FOREWORD

Adolescence - the period of life when you change from a child into an adult - is an exciting time, but it can also be a confusing time. You experience many physical and emotional changes during adolescence, and you may have many questions about your body, your relationships with other people and your future.

You, Your Life, Your Dreams was written for adolescents, aged 14 to 19, to help you cope with some of the many challenges and decisions you face as you move from childhood to adulthood. This book offers factual information about the changes that occur during this time of life, and about a range of other issues, such as: how to stay physically and emotionally healthy, how to avoid sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy, how to handle pressure to have sex, and how to avoid drug and alcohol abuse. The book also offers advice on getting along with your parents and friends, handling romantic relationships, setting goals, doing well in school and out, and coping with setbacks that you may encounter along the road to adulthood.

This book contains a lot of information, but you do not have to read it cover-to-cover or front-to-back. You can look at the Table of Contents and find the topics that interest you most. When you have read these sections, look back at the Table of Contents and find something else that you want to know about. You can also flip through the book, looking at the cartoons, illustrations and the quotes from other adolescents. Or, you can look through the book and read all the "DID YOU KNOW" boxes, which contain factual information.

Although this book was written primarily for unmarried adolescents, aged 14 to 19, parts of the book may be of interest to older and younger youth, as well as to married adolescents. Share this book with your friends, your brothers and sisters, and your parents. Talk to them about it, and find out what they think about the topics that are discussed.

Enjoy this book and stay safe!

Molly Anyango
Peer Counsellor
Family Planning Association of Kenya