Abstinence Education and Youth Development Services (AEYD):
Funded by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, this project aims to reduce adolescent sexual activity, pregnancies, births, repeat births, and sexually transmitted diseases and infections; and increase the use of abstinence education as the best health message for adolescents by initiating school-based, positive youth development activities. Formerly our Second Chance Program, the target population for this program is up to 250 youth, ages 10 – 20 years old, who live in geographic locations with high teen pregnancy and birth rates, live in economically disadvantaged communities, or are involved with the juvenile court. Using a system of care approach, our culturally-adapted program provides a comprehensive array of services that include: 1) Prevention Education incorporating evidence-based abstinence education and relationship skills training; 2) Parent Education Outreach; 3) Community Outreach; and 4) Referral Services. Youth participate in supervised hands-on, interactive activities that help them develop skills, knowledge, and attitudes that are necessary in reducing/preventing teen pregnancies, repeat births and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).