Model Program

Adolescent Sexuality and Pregnancy Prevention Program

The Children's Aid Society
350 E. 88th St.
New York, NY 10128
http://www.childrensaidsociety.org/locations_services/healthservices/teenpregnancy

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Contact Information:
Dr. Michael A. Carrera
Director
212.949.4800

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School
High School

Urban

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Launched in 1984 in one of the Children's Aid Society's (CAS) community centers in Harlem, the program practices a holistic approach aiming to empower youth, help them develop a desire for a productive future, and aid young people in improving their sexual literacy and their understanding of the consequences of sexual activity. The program encompasses varied activities and services throughout the year and includes a "parallel family systems approach" where staff treats participating children as their own.

Program Descriptors Include:
Academic Improvement, Behavior Management/Discipline, Extra Curricular, Teen Pregnancy, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: 1984
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Parenthood
  • High-risk social behavior

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Opportunities and rewards for pro-social involvement
  • Clear social norms

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Counselors
Social Workers

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Unspecified

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

The program was evaluated through a three-year random assignment evaluation comparing the impact of the Adolescent Sexuality and Pregnancy Prevention Program with other types of youth afterschool programming. Compared to the control group, participating youth: had significantly lower pregnancy rates after three years; had significantly higher PSAT scores; were more likely to feel their schoolwork had improved.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level