An important part of a successful community prevention plan includes teen pregnancy prevention programs and teen health services that have been shown to really work! Here are sources to help identify effective programs that are a good match for your youth and settings, and to find trainings that build skills for your health educators.
Central Oklahoma Collaboration to Prevent Teen Pregnancy and Thrive: Sexual Health Collective for Youth (formerly Central Oklahoma Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy) provide leadership for implementing the community prevention plan, As A Matter of Fact: Teen Pregnancy Prevention in Central Oklahoma 2015-2020. They promote community partnerships, evidence-based programs and youth/adult engagement, working with an extensive array of organizations across the OKC metro area.
Oklahoma KIDS COUNT, supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, identifies Teen Births as one of 16 key indicators that determine state rankings on child well-being. For national and state child well-being indicators, check KIDS COUNT Data Center.
Take Control Initiative empowers teen and adult women in the Tulsa area with the choice of when to have children through education, outreach and free clinical services for long acting reversible contraception (LARC).
Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy offers data, program resources, professional development opportunities, and training curricula for schools, clinics and community programs. It also provides a Teen Sexual Health Toolkit for Providers as well as connections to organizations and projects working on teen pregnancy prevention in the Tulsa metro area.
Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about reproductive and sexual health. Their Sex Ed Center has downloadable materials available for health educators and others who plan or provide programs for teens. Their website provides lesson plans, materials on various topics, national sex education standards and planning guides for Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month (May) and Let’s Talk Month (October).
Answer offers extensive information on high-quality sexuality education for young people. It also provides resources and training opportunities for the adults who teach sexual health programs. Based at Rutgers University, Answer is a go-to resource for health educators and program providers across the country. It provides effective materials and highly accurate information.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) features national statistics, research and resources, including the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) report on Sexual Risk Behaviors (youth, grades 9-12). Their National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) prepares the annual birth report with extensive national and state data, including teen birth data.
Kids Health provides a Teacher/Health Educator section with trusted information about health, behavior and development from birth through the teen years. The site also has sections for kids, teens and parents.
Healthy Teen Network provides resource materials and training for a range of issues and topics — from planning effective prevention programs and working with teen males to emergency contraception and programs that support teen parents. Their Center for Evidence and Innovation focuses on what’s new and what works in prevention planning, implementing, evaluating and promoting.
HHS/Administration for Children & Families (ACF) supervises the federally funded State and Tribal Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grants and the Personal Responsibility Education Innovative Strategies (PREIS) grants. Resources that address runaway youth, homeless youth, and human trafficking can be found here.
HHS/Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) provides teen pregnancy prevention resources, including a list of evidence-based programs approved for use by federally-funded teen pregnancy prevention projects. The list is updated periodically, as new evaluation findings become available. This is not a comprehensive list of all programs that have an evaluation indicating effectiveness. It is a list of programs that meet the evidence criteria for federal funding. Click here for the OAH curricula list.
MTV Resource Guide, “It’s Your Sex Life,” provides many resources on various topics such as pregnancy, STDs, relationships, communication and other issues relevant to the lives of teens.
Power To Decide (formerly the National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy) provides an extensive range of information and downloadable resources to help teens and young adults determine “if and when” they want to become pregnant. Topics include why teen pregnancy prevention matters, birth control methods, adolescent data by state, public opinion surveys, programs showing evidence of effectiveness, issue briefs, community college initiatives, as well as suggestions for promoting prevention with teens at different ages/developmental stages and in a variety of settings.