The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initiative uses sex education, counseling and health services to reduce the birth rate among teens in high school. Sixteen SBYS schools participate, with at least 60 young women and men served at each site.
Any at-risk youth is eligible. Risk factors include sexual abuse or neglect at home, low school achievement, poverty-level family income, substance abuse or living in a home where siblings or relatives gave birth during their teen years.
Referrals can come from peers, family members, guidance counselors, or foster families. Students also may enroll themselves.
These include individual, group or family counseling, as well as substance abuse and employment counseling. Primary and preventive health care, educational support and housing services for homeless youths are also offered. Educational support services may include tutoring, family life education, health education or connection to GED programs.
In addition, the program offers sex education, centering on abstinence, monogamy, contraception, sexual abuse, rape and date rape, and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. It also teaches youths how to find a job or where to get vocational training.
Also available are reproductive health care, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy testing.
Learn more about National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month and what you can do to help prevent teen pregnancies.