Educational Programs for Youth

Do you work with young people?  Are you looking to bring a top notch program exploring issues related to teen pregnancy prevention and adolescent sexual health? Look no further! Our partners in Cumberland and Wayne Counties offer teen-friendly programs that can support you in helping young people grow up healthy.

If you would like additional information or would to discuss which program would be the best fit for your teens, please contact the NC Youth Connected Community Coordinator at ncyc@shiftnc.org or call (919) 226-1880 ext. 112.


Community based HIV Prevention

Project Aim

Project AIM is a group-level youth development intervention for youth ages 11-14. Project AIM is designed to reduce HIV risk behaviors among youth by encouraging at-risk youth to imagine a positive future and discuss how current risk behaviors can be a barrier to a successful adulthood.

Youth are encouraged to explore their personal interests, social surroundings, and what they want to become as an adult. Youth explore the idea of who in their lives may be barriers or supporters towards their successful adulthood. Guest speakers who are young adults on their road to success are invited to present during this part of the program. Hands on activities are included in this part of the program such as developing business cards and resumes, completing a career interest inventory, and participating in job interviews.

If you would like more information about Project AIM in Wayne County, please contact Naisha Coley at WATCH at (919) 223-8600 or Yvette Williams at Wayne County Public Schools at (919) 252-4108.

If you would like more information about Project AIM in Cumberland County, please contact Kamiya Dancy at Community Health Interventions and Sickle Cell Agency at (910) 488-6118.

Be Proud Be Responsible

Be Proud! Be Responsible! is a five-hour intervention (delivered in six fifty-minute modules), designed to modify behaviors and build knowledge, understanding, and a sense of responsibility regarding STD/HIV risk in vulnerable youth. The intervention aims to affect knowledge, beliefs, and intentions related to condom use and sexual behaviors such as initiation and frequency of intercourse. Be Proud! Be Responsible! was designed for diverse populations of youth, ranging in age from 13 to 18 years.

If you would like more information about Be Proud! Be Responsible! in Wayne County, please contact Naisha Coley at WATCH at (919) 223-8600.

Teen Health Project

The Teen Health Project (THP) is a community-level HIV-prevention intervention that helps adolescents develop skills to enact change in themselves and the community. The program provides continued modeling, peer norm, and social reinforcement for the prevention of HIV risk behavior. THP consists of five core components:  small group workshops, follow-up sessions, a teen leadership council, parent education, and a community campaign. Adolescents participate in educational workshops, and nominate their peers to serve on a Teen Health Leadership Council. The Council plans regular community activities and events featuring HIV-prevention messages. The parents of participants are offered an educational workshop focused on HIV/AIDS information and approaches to discussing abstinence and condom use with their children. If you would like more information about THP, please contact Kamiya Dancy at Community Health Interventions and Sickle Cell Agency at (910) 488-6118.


High School Students

Making Proud Choices

Making Proud Choices is an STD and teen pregnancy prevention program that aims to provide adolescents with the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV, and pregnancy by abstaining from sex or using condoms if they choose to have sex. Making Proud Choices is a series of interactive lessons with games, videos, and activities incorporated throughout. This program in Cumberland County will be targeted towards high school students, especially students in grades 10, 11, and 12, or students who attend private or home school programs. If you would like more information about Making Proud Choices or to schedule a program, please contact Heather Williams at Planned Parenthood at (910) 729-0971.


Out of Home Youth

Making Proud Choices for Out-of-Home Youth

Making Proud Choices for Out-of-Home Youth is an adapted version of Making Proud Choices that is targeted towards youth who are placed in out-of-home settings (e.g. foster care settings, treatment facilities, etc). If you would like more information about Making Proud Choices for Out-of-Home Youth or to schedule a program for youth in out-of-home settings, please contact Heather Williams at Planned Parenthood at (910) 729-0971.


AGES 11 -13

Making A Difference!

Making A Difference! Is an evidence-based program that provides young adolescents (ages 11-13) with the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and pregnancy by abstaining from sex. The Making a Difference! curriculum includes a series of fun and interactive learning experiences designed to increase comfort with practicing abstinence, address concerns about practicing abstinence, and provide strategies for overcoming concerns and obstacles to practicing abstinence.  If you would like more information about Making A Difference! or to schedule a Making a Difference! program, please contact Tamra Morris at the Cumberland County Department of Public Health at (910) 433-3843.


All4You2!

All4You2! is an evidence-based teen pregnancy prevention program that aims to change key determinants related to sexual risk taking, such as attitudes, beliefs, and perceived norms. All4You2! is made up of a series of interactive workshops for young people that build their skills and knowledge base. The target audience for All4You2! is youth ages 14 to 18. If you would like more information about All4You2! or to schedule an All4You2! program, please contact Tamra Morris at the Cumberland County Department of Public Health at (910) 433-3843.

ages 14-18


Juvenile Justice

SHARP

Sexual Health and Adolescent Risk Prevention (SHARP) is an interactive single-session STI/HIV prevention intervention. The program’s overall goals are to deepen STI/HIV knowledge, improve correct condom use, reduce sexual risks and alcohol use, and set long-term goals to utilize knowledge and skills learned during the session. The target population for SHARP is youth in juvenile justice settings (e.g. detention centers). If you would like more information about SHARP or to schedule a program, please contact Maryssa Sadler at the Cumberland County Department of Public Health at (910) 433-3764.


Seventeen Days

Seventeen Days is a clinic-based, interactive DVD program designed to educate young women about contraception and STDs. The DVD presents the viewer with different scenarios involving decisions that young women face in relationships. Participants can practice what they would do in similar situations and learn more information about STDs and contraception along the way! The Wayne County Department of Public Health and the Cumberland County Department of Public Health are now offering Seventeen Days.

If you would like more information about Seventeen Days in Cumberland County, please contact Maryssa Sadler at the Cumberland County Department of Public Health and
(910) 433-3764.

If you would like more information about Seventeen Days in Wayne County, please contact Naisha Coley at WATCH at
(919) 223-8600.

Clinic based