A new crop of teens from around Northeast Florida are now equipped with knowledge about healthy relationships, safe sex and making good choices. The fall series of the 4Me Teen Health Project began over the last two months at nine locations, bringing a comprehensive sex education series for teens 12-18; parent workshops; and teen leadership councils to residents in Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties.
- Magnolia Project
- Beaches Boys & Girls Club
- The Bridge to Success School
- Florida Department of Health – Clay
Classes also continued at five other sites: Southwind Villas Apartments/Bridge After School Program, Victory Pointe Apartments/Boys &Girls Club, Florida Department of Health – Nassau County, the Players Championship Boys & Girls Club (St. Augustine) and JASMYN.
The first series of the grant began in the Spring and is coming to a close, with 65 teens and 20 parents having completed education classes, while 29 teens that completed the education curriculum move on to and finished a six-month Teen Leadership Council. Preliminary evaluation results show both increased knowledge and self-efficacy and positive behavior change among the first round of participants.
The Coalition and its community partners are implementing the Teen Health Project for teenagers ages 12-18 to reduce the rates of teen births and sexually transmitted infections. The teen birth rate in the region exceeds that of the state and nation, despite declines over the past 20 years.
The project is funded through the teen pregnancy prevention-focused Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Administration for Children and Families. Other components of the grant include training for adolescent-serving staff and the BrdsNBz NE Florida text message warmline.