Richmond County has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the state. But the community-wide initiative We Are Change is looking to change that. Funded by the CDC and administered by the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential (GCAPP), the project is part of a national initiative to decrease teen pregnancy by implementing evidence-based programs. This is expected to lead to an increase in the percentage of teens who delay sex, and an increase in the consistent use of contraception among teens who are sexually active. The ultimate goal: reduce teen pregnancy in Richmond County by 10% by 2015. The curriculum includes Making Proud Choices.
|Program Goals||Partners||Expected Progam Outcomes||Community Needs Assessment|
The program goals are to:
|Youth Serving Organizations||Clinical Service Providers|
1. Augusta Mini Theater
2. Augusta State University
3. Department of Juvenile Justice
4. East Central Public Health District
5. Fort Gordon Youth Challenge Academy
6. Jones Behavioral Health
7. Kids Restart, Inc.
8. New Bethlehem Community Center
9. Planned Parenthood Southeast
10. Rape Crisis and Sexual Assault Servicse, University Health Services, Inc.
11. Richmond County Juvenile Court
1. GA Health Sciences University, Women's Health & Augusta Regional Perinatal Center
2. Planned Parenthood Southeast
3. Richmond County Health Department Family Planning Clinic Site 1
4. South Augusta Health Department Family Planning
5. St. Vincent DePaul
|By doing these activities:||We expect to see an:||Which will lead to an:|
|Implementing evidence-based prevention programs||Increase in the number of youth who receive evidence-based programs||Increase in percentage of youth who abstain from or delay sexual intercourse|
|Linking sexually active teens to quality health services|
|Increase in the number of sexually active youth who are referred to and use clinical services||Increase in consistent and correct use of condoms and other effective methods or contraception among sexually active youth|
|Educating stakeholders about evidence-based strategies||Increase in adoption health, education and youth service strategies that support adolescent reproductive health||AND ULTIMATELY|
|Supporting the sustainability of the community-wide teen pregnancy prevention effort||Increase in the capacity of community partners to select, implement, and evaluate evidence-based programs|
REDUCE TEEN PREGNANCY AND BIRTH RATE BY 10%
Following are important findings that were discovered during data analysis:
Parent and Youth Surveys
Young people were are extremely concerned with sexual violence and abuse in comparison with other issues in their lives today.