Teen Outreach Project (TOP)

The Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at Duke University (CHPIR) is partnering with the Craven County Health Department (CCHD) in New Bern, NC to offer this program to youth between the ages of 12-17 in this Eastern NC County. Craven County ranks 21st  for teen pregnancy in North Carolina for ages 15-19. (Adolescent Pregnancy Campaign of North Carolina, 2009) In addition, it ranks 35th for HIV disease and 19th for early syphilis. (Epidemiologic Profile for HIV/STD Prevention and Care Planning, NC Division of Public Health, December 2010.) Our mission will be to prevent teen pregnancy and HIV/STD transmission within the population of adolescents served, as well as to build essential life skills to reduce future risk behavior for these adolescents in Craven County, NC.

TOP is an evidenced-based, effective program that has been tested in rural and urban settings throughout the United States.  TOP’s, curriculum, Changing Scenes, focuses on many aspects of adolescent social and emotional learning skills – ones which if not developed can lead to risky sexual behavior. Some important skills developed are: self-regulation, influence, negotiation, communication, conflict management and decision-making. In addition, three parts of the program that must be followed with complete fidelity are: regularly scheduled educational peer group meetings, community service learning placements and positive adult guidance and support from TOP facilitator.

This funding is offered through PREPare for Success – a program designed to educate adolescents on skill development to reduce risk behaviors and is administered by the North Carolina, Department of Health and Human Services, Women’s Care Branch. The Branch has chosen the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) to use in North Carolina’s top 25 ranked counties for teen pregnancy.

Our primary goals are to:

  1. Implement the Teen Outreach Program, serving 25-75 adolescents in Craven County, from November 2011-May 2012, in order to reduce the rates of teen pregnancy and HIV/STD transmission in the county.
  2. Work with a CAC, CCHD and Consultant from Duke Child and Family Policy to:  strategize ways to implement TOP effectively, examine possibility of implementing into school system and create a plan for sustainability after three-year grant period ends.
  3. Connect participants with family planning and HIV/STD testing and counseling programs through partnership with local health department.
  4. Refer participants of TOP to other needed social services in their community.