HHS/OAH Replicating effective programs to prevent teen pregnancy

UT Teen Health will partner with community youth serving organizations and the San Antonio Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaborative to implement evidence based teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) programs for approximately 17,550 youth under age 20 annually in Bexar County, Texas.

Partners in this initiative will implement the evidence-based TPP programs in middle schools, high schools, after school programs, faith-based organizations, and in community settings with especially vulnerable youth including expectant and parenting teens, youth in juvenile detention, and youth in foster care.

HHS/OAH Capacity building to prevent teen pregnancy

UT Teen Health will provide capacity building assistance (CBA) to at least three organizations that have experience implementing programs for youth and are serving some of the most vulnerable populations with the need for teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) programs:

  • Youth in juvenile detention
  • Youth in foster care
  • Expectant and parenting teens

UT Teen Health will provide training, technical assistance, and support to these organizations to enable them to implement evidence-based TPP programs for the youth they serve. The designated service area for the project is the state of Texas. Through this project, it is estimated that 1,500 youth in juvenile detention, youth in foster care, and expectant and parenting teens will receive evidence-based TPP programs annually.

HHS/OAH Supporting foster care youth to prevent teen pregnancy

UT Teen Health was awarded a federal grant from the Office of Adolescent Health to focus on innovative strategies to promote healthy adolescents. A New Innovative Strategy was created and is titled N2K-Youth in Foster Care (N2K-FC). This project works with foster care youth ages 10-15 in any foster care setting. The curriculum is trauma-informed to ensure that youth are in a safe and supportive environment as they discuss topics such as values, letting go of baggage and focusing on the future, abstinence and contraception, STDs, risky behaviors and the law, recognizing abusive relationships and characteristics of healthy relationships.  In addition, there is a curriculum for caregivers of youth in foster care to assist with communication and bolster the role of a trusted adult in their lives.

HHS/ACYF Sexual risk avoidance program

The sexual risk avoidance education project partners with schools and community agencies to deliver relationships curricula that is medically accurate and age appropriate, promotes positive youth development, and teaches risk avoidance skills for middle and high school aged youth.  In addition, this project builds community linkages and support for youth by working with a parent advisory board and youth leadership council.