Take One Youth Program

“Take One Youth Program” is our Adolescent Sexual Health. The overall goal of the program is to provide outreach and education efforts, including programs on abstinence, delaying the initiation of sex, and negotiating safer sex to decrease the rate of unplanned pregnancies and STD/STI rates among youth.

Additionally, the Take One Youth Program exposes youth to community service learning opportunities, teach effective life management skill, and help youth develop a positive self-image and begin to set achievable goals.

 

Take One Youth Program implements the following Health and Human Service approved evidence based programs:

  • Teen Outreach Program (TOP)
  • Making Proud Choices
  • Project AIM
  • SHARP*
  • All 4 U!

*Sexual Health and Adolescent Risk Prevention (SHARP) was formerly known as HIV Risk Reduction Among Detain Adolescents. This single session, group-based intervention is designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors among high-risk adolescents in juvenile detention facilities.

We’re not the only ones that think Teen Pregnancy Prevention is important!

Teen pregnancy prevention is one of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) top seven priorities, a “winnable battle” in public health, and of top importance to health and quality of life for our youth.

The CDC supports the implementation of evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs that have been shown, in at least one program evaluation, to have a positive effect on preventing teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, or sexual risk behaviors

 

The Importance of Prevention

Teen pregnancy and childbearing bring substantial social and economic costs through immediate and long-term impacts on teen parents and their children.

  • In 2010, teen pregnancy and childbirth accounted for at least $9.4 billion in costs to U.S. taxpayers for increased health care and foster care, increased incarceration rates among children of teen parents, and lost tax revenue because of lower educational attainment and income among teen mothers.
  • Pregnancy and birth are significant contributors to high school dropout rates among girls. Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by 22 years of age, whereas approximately 90% of women who do not give birth during adolescence graduate from high school.
  • The children of teenage mothers are more likely to have lower school achievement and to drop out of high school, have more health problems, be incarcerated at some time during adolescence, give birth as a teenager, and face unemployment as a young adult.

These effects continue for the teen mother and her child even after adjusting for those factors that increased the teenager’s risk for pregnancy, such as growing up in poverty, having parents with low levels of education, growing up in a single-parent family, and having poor performance in school.
 
 
 
 
Footnote:
Statistics from cdc.gov

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