HHS/OAH Replicating effective programs to prevent teen pregnancy

UT Teen Health partners with community youth serving organizations and the San Antonio Teen Pregnancy Prevention Collaborative to implement evidence based teen pregnancy prevention (TPP) programs in Bexar County, Texas.

Partners in this initiative 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.

Capacity building to strengthen youth-serving organizations

UT Teen Health provides capacity building assistance (CBA) to organizations that implement programs for youth on a variety of topics.  These include:

  • Training on the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)
  • Trauma-Informed Practices
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • CRI Training (Community Resilience Initiative)

UT Teen Health brings training, technical assistance, and support to these organizations to enable them to better implement evidence-based TPP programs for the youth they serve. The designated service area for the project is the state of Texas.

Supporting foster care and systems-involved 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 Need to Know-Youth (N2K-Y). This project works with systems-involved youth ages 10-15 in a variety of settings. 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 presentation for caregivers of youth (N2K-C) 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.

Project Y.E.S. (Youth Empowerment and Support)

Project YES is a partnership with the San Antonio Metro Health Department and Stony Brook University to provide an evidence-based, online course for adolescents that may be suffering from anxiety and stress.  The program has been shown to decrease these symptoms by 50% for 9 months, and is currently being adapted for use in the San Antonio area.  It will be available in English and Spanish.  More coming soon!!

 

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