The Coalition hosted its first 4Me Teen Health Project Facilitator Training January 15. Over 20 facilitators attended the training, including staff from partner agencies, trained Preconception Peer Educators and North Florida Health Corps members.
The Teen Health Project will be implemented in Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties for teenagers ages 12-18 to reduce the rates of teen births and sexually transmitted infections. The program consists of three components: a comprehensive sex education series for teens; parent workshops; and teen leadership councils.
Attendees learned about facilitation styles, how to handle group dynamics and their facilitator responsibilities. The training also included an entertaining role play activity which allowed participants to put into action the material presented at the event.
Attendees were also given information and material about the BrdsNBz NE Florida text messaging line which allows teens to anonymously submit a question to certified health educators and receive a response within 24 hours.
Each person received a certificate of completion for their attendance.
The Teen Health Project was a priority implementation strategy identified in the comprehensive community action plan by the NEFL Teen Pregnancy Task Force. The program was successfully piloted in Jacksonville between November 2011 and June 2012 and expanded through federal Competitive PREP funding in October 2012.