Magazine article Children's Voice

Grants Give Boost to Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Magazine article Children's Voice

Grants Give Boost to Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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Each year, the Children's Aid Society's (CAS) teen pregnancy prevention program grows a little larger, but thanks to a $10.5 million gift from two foundations that were impressed with CAS's proven progress in working with teens, the program will experience even greater expansion in the coming years.

A five-year, $ 10 million grant from Atlantic Philanthropies, and a one-year, $500,000 grant from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, will help CAS expand its Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Human Sexuality program in New York City by at least five sites, for a total of 15 locations. CAS will open 9-17 additional sites nationwide. Currently, 21 replications of the teen pregnancy program are operating outside of New York City.

National Adolescent Sexuality Training Center Director Michael Carrera, who developed the pregnancy prevention program, says the funding is a welcome gift for the organization during tough economic times. "Doing this for 20 years in a row on philanthropy alone has been a huge challenge."

The Adolescent Sexuality and Pregnancy Prevention Program began in 1984 at a community center in Harlem. Since then, thousands of teens have participated in the program, which operates six days a week during the school year and offers activities in the summer. The program is modeled around five activities: a job club that promotes career awareness and employment experiences; an educational component that includes tutoring and college preparation; family life and sex education; self-expression through the arts; and sports activities. …

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