Not a teen but work at a youth-serving agency or school? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 46% of American high school students have already had sex. Sex may have consequences, including the possibilities of unintentionally contracting a sexually transmitted disease or becoming pregnant.
Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic offers teen pregnancy prevention programs to youth in two Westchester County communities with high teen pregnancy rates—White Plains and Yonkers—free of charge. The program offered, Making Proud Choices, is an evidence-based, rigorously evaluated model which has demonstrated the following outcomes among youth:
- Increased their knowledge of HIV, STDs and pregnancy prevention
- Instills the belief in the value of safer sex, including abstinence
- Improved their ability to negotiate abstinence/safer-sex practices
- Increased their ability to use condoms correctly
- Increased their intention to use condoms if they have sex
- Lowered the incidence of HIV/STD sexual risk-taking behavior
- Instills pride in choosing responsible sexual behaviors
The Making Proud Choices! Curriculum has four major components:
· goals, dreams and adolescent sexuality
· knowledge, covering information about the etiology, transmission and prevention of STDs, HIV, and teenage pregnancy.
· beliefs and attitudes.
· skills and self-efficacy.
The curriculum covers negotiation-refusal skills and condom use skills and provides time for practice, reinforcement, and support.
PPHP will bring Making Proud Choices! to you. We can tailor the format of this eight hour program to fit your needs in full-day, two half days, or your already-established youth program for a couple hours each day for four days. Our experienced educators are well acquainted with HIV/AIDS and adolescent sexuality and have received extensive training in developing, promoting, conducting and evaluating education programs.
If you are located in Yonkers or White Plains and would like us to provide your youth ages 10 – 21 with a free teen pregnancy prevention education program, please contact Twanna Hines at (914) 220-1048 or email@example.com for details.