Being, Belonging, Becoming: Minnesota's Adolescent Health Action Plan

Risk and Protective Factors Action Steps Resources Vision for Minnesota Youth Health Status of Minnesota Youth Adolescence Healthy Youth Development

Adolescence ... a formative time for being, belonging, becoming.


This period of life is characterized by significant change and transition. The health and well-being of adolescents is shaped by the world in which they grow and the people that surround them.

As young people navigate the changes of adolescence, it is critical that they receive the guidance, support and encouragement that fosters healthy development. Choosing the right course of action is daunting because health is a complex issue. Therefore, it is important first to clearly identify the factors that affect the health of adolescents and define what teens need to develop in healthy ways.

This information can be used to guide decisions about the best strategies and actions to support healthy youth in Minnesota.