4Me Teen Health Project seeking new sites

NassauThe Coalition is seeking new partners to implement the 4Me Teen Health Project, an evidence-based comprehensive sexuality program that provides youth with tools to keep them safe and healthy; goal-setting and negotiation skills; and leadership opportunities.

Youth that have completed the 4Me program maintain abstinence or use a condom or contraception based on evaluation surveys. They also have increased confidence that they can leave a situation that may lead to unsafe sex, call for help if they don’t feel safe, access birth control, develop a life plan outlining personal goals and talk to their parents about safe sex.

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Parents that complete the workshop are also more likely to have a conversation with their youth about sex.

Partners will be required to hold a Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 series of the Teen Health Project, which includes four two-hour teen education classes, one parent workshop and Teen Leadership Council meetings every other week for six months. Sites will also:

  • NEFL Teens BrdsnBz shirtsAssist with recruiting participants (10 teens per education series, 5 parents per workshop and 4 teens per Teen Leadership Council)
  • Assist with collection of registration and consent forms from participants
  • Assist with follow-up surveys
  • Provide educational and other non-monetary incentives for participants completing the program

Compensation will be provided to sites for services provided. Contact Erin Addington at eaddington@nefhsc.org or 904-723-5422 x113.

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Since 2011, the Coalition and its community partners have implemented 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 has been 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 since 2012.