Teen Pregnancy Prevention
School Based Programs
To prevent the initiation of tobacco, drugs, alcohol and to delay the initiation of sexual intercourse among youth is our focus when providing school and community based prevention activities. We provide intensive, multi session prevention programming to all La Paz County Public Schools and to charter and private schools upon request, using age appropriate curricula that targets different topics such as drug and alcohol use, violence, and the early onset of sexual activity. Listed below are a few of the many school and community based programs we use.
Prevention education such as the All Stars program provides a strong emphasis on positive norms, personal commitment and idealism, all of which have been proven to be most effective in delaying the onset of risky behavior. All Stars Core consists of between 9 and 13 sessions to be delivered once a week to 4th, 5th, 7th and, 8th grade students throughout La Paz County schools.
The Reading based Tobacco Education Program, Eglin Longhorn is delivered to 3rd grade classrooms throughout the county. The story of the grasshopper and his insect friends gives younger students a clearer understanding of the health risks associated with tobacco use and second-hand smoke.
Community Based Programs
The In-sight intervention program for teens is used in grades 6-12 and targets teens who have already experimented with alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, or any other drug. In-sight is proven to improve school performance, school attendance and drop-out rates, reduce behavior issues, increase communication skills, and improve the ability to make positive lifestyle choices. This after school group meets at the PHEPP office every Wednesday at 3:30 pm. Call the PHEPP office to register to attend.
The PHEPP is sponsoring a Peer Mentoring Program for high school students. This program matches incoming freshman with more experienced students providing the opportunity for one-on-one relationships and to provide guidance, friendship and support. We will be facilitating the scheduling of meetings, training for mentors and providing activities to promote and strengthen the mentoring experience.
Can We Talk? Is a parent-child communication program for both parents, and educators to help them address self-esteem, puberty, sexuality, mixed messages and peer pressure with their late elementary and middle school aged children. Parents and other caregivers play an important role in the health education of their children. Ongoing and open family communication about values, healthy relationships, decision making, and sexual development are important elements to help children develop into sexually healthy adults. Call to enroll in this invaluable workshop and begin to learn how to bridge the communication gap that too often happens between parents and their children.