Adolescent Health and Youth Development Program Teaches “Risk-Reduction” Skills to Local Teen Groups
ATLANTA – Research shows that well-designed sexual education programs are effective in decreasing risk behaviors among youth. To address this need, the Fulton County Board of Health’s Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) Program seeks partnerships with organizations such as schools, community youth groups, after-school programs, and faith organizations that serve youth ages 10 to 19-years-old to participate in the risk-reduction Personal Responsibility and Education Program (PREP).
PREP is an evidence-based program that educates youth on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In addition to reducing and preventing teen pregnancy and STIs, the program also assists youth in becoming healthy, responsible, self-sufficient adults by educating them on healthy relationships, adolescent development, financial literacy, parent-child communication, educational and career preparation, and healthy life skills.
AHYD will work with community partners to implement the PREP program, map out its structure, and provide——certified facilitators who will conduct the workshop sessions. The organizations will recruit youth participants and provide the setting in which to implement PREP. The 12-session program is designed to empower youth with knowledge, confidence, and skills to prepare them for a lifetime of good health. The program is free to all eligible teens.
“The goal of our program is to teach young people how to make good decisions as they confront peer and cultural pressures in today’s society. We know there are hundreds of teens that we can reach effectively by partnering with local organizations,” explains Kristin Dixon, FCBOH’s Director of Health Promotion.
PREP is available year-round and organizations can begin and end the program when it suits their schedule. Teen participants will receive incentives upon completing the course. For more information, contact Kristin Dixon at 404-612-1688 or Email: Kristin.Dixon@fultoncountyga.gov
The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is a federally-funded teen pregnancy prevention program administered by the Georgia Department of Public Health in collaboration with Georgia’s Department of Human Services. PREP programs educate young people on both abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS.
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