City Showcase Features Programs for Children and Youth

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The 2005 City Showcase at the Congress of Cities in Charlotte, N.C., featured various youth programs--including programs aimed at preventing teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases; providing opportunities for the disabled; allowing students to read and learn before entering elementary school and providing opportunities for youth to learn about their community and the problems their cities face.

Programs such as these have supported and empowered youth to make healthy, self-respecting decisions on their own.

City of San Antonio

Project WORTH--Working on Real Teen Health

Working on Real Teen Health (WORTH) is San Antonio's inter-departmental teen pregnancy program that emphasizes youth development, abstinence and parent communication. The goal is to help youth make positive choices, avoid risky behaviors, and postpone sex and pregnancy.

The program has a variety of components including an education program for youth, parents, city workers and youth-serving professionals. It also has teen clinics that integrate abstinence messages with STD screening, examinations and birth control.

The public information campaign brings extensive media resources, to the effort including donated air-time from radio and television stations. Project WORTH also produces an annual Bexar County Teen Pregnancy Fact Sheet, a detailed teen pregnancy report.

Details: Mario Martinez, (210) 299-5035 or e-mail mmartinez3@sanantonio.gov.

City of Alpharetta, Ga.

North Metro Miracle League Adapted Sports Complex

Alpharetta and the North Metro Miracle League's Adapted Sports Complex provides children with disabilities the opportunity to play baseball. When the league decided to build the Adapted Sports Complex with a rubberized surface baseball field, handicapped accessible playground and large pavilion, Alpharetta contributed park land, acquired a grant to help build the multipurpose facility and lent the league enough money for the timely completion of the entire project.

Details: Amanda Day, (678) 297-6018 or e-mail aday@alpharetta.ga.us.

City of Cambridge, Mass.

The Let's Talk Campaign.... Literacy and Love in Cambridge

The Let's Talk Campaign ... Literacy and Love in Cambridge is designed to improve children's vocabularies so that they will be better prepared to read and learn once they enter elementary school. …