This program is an innovative teen pregnancy prevention program designed for homeless and at-risk youth of all genders with a focus on parenting and care-giving youth. This program emphasizes social connectedness and creates opportunities for youth to build healthy support networks with peers, social service staff, and medical providers. The program addresses the immediate, basic needs of the whole person (including food, showers, clothing, transportation, etc.), emphasizes individualized goal setting, builds youth self-efficacy in navigating complex systems, connects youth with housing resources, facilitates health education opportunities, and uses texting and social media. The program’s medical component builds trust and rapport through medical outreach in the community as well as provides effective methods to prevent pregnancy and a home for family care through an onsite medical clinic. The program is facilitated by a male and a female Peer Mentor with shared lived experiences as the youth receiving services.
- Target Population: Homeless and runaway youth, (all genders; focusing on parenting and care-giving youth)
- Setting: Drop-In Center, Community Outreach, Text messaging and social media
- Type of Innovation/Mode: Curriculum, clinic, and outreach-based systematic intervention