What We're Doing
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program works in collaboration with local schools and community organizations to equip teens, parents, and community members with education and skills that allow young people to make the healthiest decisions for themselves when it comes to sex and relationships. A number of programs are offered, including: Teen Outreach Program, Draw the Line/Respect the Line, Choosing the Best, Vision of You, Healthy Choice Presentations, Toilet Talk, Healthy Community Council Action Team, which we are continually developing and altering based on our youth's needs. In addition to the programs listed, we are available to provide other services upon request. This includes, but is not limited to presentations, consultations, and trainings for parents, teachers, teens, youth groups, and other audiences.
By implementing these programs and services, our goal is that the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County community will be more educated, the teen pregnancy rate will decrease, and our youth will be healthier.
Vision of You
Vision of You includes ten decision-making sessions designed to help youth explore their lives and envision their futures, and see how their lives would change as a result of pregnancy. This program is offered at local middle and high schools during the school day.
Toilet Talk is a poster series that is put up in bathroom stalls at local middle schools, high schools, agencies and businesses that include information about teen pregnancy, sex and relationships, healthy choices and other important topics.
Choosing the Best is an evidence-based program implemented in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes. The goal of the programs is to motivate students to make healthier choices through relationship education, refusal-skill coaching, character education, and parent-teen interviews.
TOP is a nationally recognized, evidence-based, best practice program that empowers teens to lead successful lives and build strong communities. It is offered to local high schools and community-based organizations during the day or as an after-school program and includes (1) supervised community service experiences, (2) classroom-based discussions about service experiences, and (3) classroom-based discussions and activities related to adolescent development.
This program is designed for middle school students and aims to delay the initiation of sex in order to reduce the cases of STIs, HIV/AIDS, and pregnancy. The program uses group discussions, activities, and role playing to help accomplish its goal of helping students set and maintain their sexual limits and to respect the boundaries of others.
Healthy Choice Presentations
These presentations focus on life choices about sexual behavior, and how the consequences of some choices can stay with you forever. Presentations can be adapted for any audience (teens, parents, youth workers, etc). Contact us for details about how we can meet the needs of your group.
There are many agencies, organizations, and community members dedicated to working collaboratively to drastically reduce the incidence of teen pregnancy. To find out more about these efforts and how you can get involved, check out the Action Plan that was developed by the team (Include link to Action Plan document)