South Texas Teen Leadership & Development

South Texas Teen Leadership & Development

In 2018

0

TOP Classrooms/ Clubs

0

Community
Service Hours

0

Teens served
through TOP

The South Texas Teen Leadership & Development (STTLD) Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Affairs. The goal of the program is to reduce the rate of teen births along with the associated behavioral risks by providing positive youth development, abstinence and contraception education in Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, and Jim Wells Counties. To help meet this goal, STTLD replicates two evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs: the Teen Outreach Program® (TOP) in the middle school and high school settings and Safer Sex Intervention (SSI) in CACOST’s Federally Qualified Health Centers and Resource Centers in Alice, San Diego, Hebbronville, and Falfurrias.

Teen Outreach Program

Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP®) is a nationally recognized evidence-based best practice program targeting children from the 6th-12th grade. TOP® has been proven effective in increasing school success, preventing teen pregnancy and empowering teens to lead successful lives and build bonds.  The program is designed to help build teens’ educational success, life and leadership skills, and healthy behaviors and relationships. CACOST facilitators meet weekly with students in district classrooms where they complete the TOP® curriculum. The curriculum is complemented by structured community service learning activities that provide teens with the opportunity to build life skills while giving them a positive sense of purpose.  

Safer Sex Intervention

Safer Sex Intervention (SSI) is an evidence-based program targeting young women 13-19 years of age. SSI is a multi-session intervention designed to capture the attention of young women, deliver safer sex information and promote positive behavioral changes. Young women who participate in SSI meet individually with a CACOST female facilitator.

Youth Leadership Councils

The Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) provide current and former TOP® students the opportunity to step into a leadership role. There are a total of eight YLCs, one at each of the schools where TOP® is implemented. Monthly meetings allow members to provide feedback to agency personnel on a variety of topics regarding implementation of the program.

Community Advisory Group

Community Advisory Groups (CAG) are made up of community stakeholders who meet monthly to discuss program development, implementation, and evaluation.  Community stakeholders include, but are not limited to, parents, school personnel, county/city officials, and social service representatives. Currently, three CAGs exist: one in Brooks County, one in Jim Hogg County, and one combining Duval and Jim Wells Counties. During meetings, members receive feedback from the YLC and discuss pertinent topics to include teen pregnancy prevention awareness, program development, and resource development.  CAGs are continually seeking new membership.

In 2018

0
TOP Classrooms/Clubs
0
Teens Funded
0
Community Service Hours

This publication was supported by Award No. 5 TP1AH000136-05-00 from the Office of Population Affairs (OPA). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of OPA or HHS.

The South Texas Teen Leadership & Development (STTLD) Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Population Affairs. The goal of the program is to reduce the rate of teen births along with the associated behavioral risks by providing positive youth development, abstinence and contraception education in Brooks, Duval, Jim Hogg, and Jim Wells Counties. To help meet this goal, STTLD replicates two evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention programs: the Teen Outreach Program® (TOP) in the middle school and high school settings and Safer Sex Intervention (SSI) in CACOST’s Federally Qualified Health Centers and Resource Centers in Alice, San Diego, Hebbronville, and Falfurrias.

Teen Outreach Program

Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP®) is a nationally recognized evidence-based best practice program targeting children from the 6th-12th grade. TOP® has been proven effective in increasing school success, preventing teen pregnancy and empowering teens to lead successful lives and build bonds.  The program is designed to help build teens’ educational success, life and leadership skills, and healthy behaviors and relationships. CACOST facilitators meet weekly with students in district classrooms where they complete the TOP® curriculum. The curriculum is complemented by structured community service learning activities that provide teens with the opportunity to build life skills while giving them a positive sense of purpose.  

Safer Sex Intervention

Safer Sex Intervention (SSI) is an evidence-based program targeting young women 13-19 years of age. SSI is a multi-session intervention designed to capture the attention of young women, deliver safer sex information and promote positive behavioral changes. Young women who participate in SSI meet individually with a CACOST female facilitator.

Youth Leadership Councils

The Youth Leadership Councils (YLC) provide current and former TOP® students the opportunity to step into a leadership role. There are a total of eight YLCs, one at each of the schools where TOP® is implemented. Monthly meetings allow members to provide feedback to agency personnel on a variety of topics regarding implementation of the program.

Community Advisory Group

Community Advisory Groups (CAG) are made up of community stakeholders who meet monthly to discuss program development, implementation, and evaluation. Community stakeholders include, but are not limited to, parents, school personnel, county/city officials, and social service representatives. Currently, three CAGs exist: one in Brooks County, one in Jim Hogg County, and one combining Duval and Jim Wells Counties. During meetings, members receive feedback from the YLC and discuss pertinent topics to include teen pregnancy prevention awareness, program development, and resource development. CAGs are continually seeking new membership.

This publication was supported by Award No. 5 TP1AH000136-05-00 from the Office of Population Affairs (OPA). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of OPA or HHS.