Education

The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (APP) Program offers comprehensive prevention and intervention programming to youth and families in Boone and Story Counties, as well as the Southeast Valley School District.

The APP Program’s services include age appropriate, science-based, medically accurate comprehensive sexual health curricula to teach sexual responsibility and pregnancy prevention to both males and females, primarily in a classroom or group setting. Programming is available in a variety of settings, including: schools, youth-serving agencies, social-service organizations, churches, hospitals, clinics, community groups, PTO/PTA organizations, and individual sessions. Individual counseling and parent education services are also available.

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Choices

The APP Staff work with youth of all ages, as well as with families, educators, community organizations, and policy makers, to promote choices for healthy lifestyles.

When armed with factual information, adolescents are more likely to make responsible choices regarding their personal behavior.

“This program is very helpful. The {educator} was very calm and easy going. She made this more fun than I thought it was going to be." -8th grade student

Classroom Curricula

FLASH is a widely used comprehensive sexual health education curriculum designed to prevent teen pregnancy, STDs, and sexual violence.  FLASH is available for elementary, middle, high school and special education classrooms.  FLASH lessons prepare students to:

  • Successfully navigate puberty
  • Abstain from sex
  • Use condoms and birth control when they do have sex
  • Confirm consent before engaging in sexual activity
  • Report sexual abuse and assault
  • Communicate with their family about sexual health and dating
  • Make decisions that minimize risk to their sexual health
  • Seek medical care to take care of their reproductive health

FLASH includes a strong family-involvement component to support students in remaining abstinent, using birth control and condoms, and respecting other's decisions not to have sex.

FLASH supports and respects diverse community values through its inclusive design and through the Family Homework, which encourages discussion about values.

Rights, Respect, Responsibility: This curriculum addresses both the functional knowledge related to sexuality and the specific skills necessary to adopt healthy behaviors.

Draw the Line/Respect the Line: Developed for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders, this curriculum assists students in developing personal sexual limits and provides them the opportunity to practice the skills needed to maintain those limits when challenged.

Making Proud Choices: This curriculum gives youth the tools they need to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV) and pregnancy.  MPC targets youth in middle and high school and has four major components:

  • goals and dreams and their relationship to adolescent sexual behavior
  • knowledge of the causes, transmission and prevention of HIV, STDs, and pregnancy
  • beliefs and attitudes about condoms, HIV, STDs and pregnancy
  • skills and self-efficacy including negotiation-refusal and condom use skills

Making a Difference: An Abstinence Approach: Specifically, this curriculum advocates postponing sexual activity and emphasizes that abstinence is the only way to completely eliminate the risk for STDs, HIV and pregnancy.

Teen Outreach Program: The Teen Outreach Program (TOP) promotes the positive development of adolescents through  curriculum-guided, interactive group discussions; positive adult guidance and support; and community service learning.

TOP curriculum is focused on key topics related to adolescent health and development, including building social, emotional and life skills; developing a positive sense of self; and connecting with others.

Community Education

Community groups can request informational and educational presentations regarding adolescent teen pregnancy prevention.  For more information or to schedule a presentation, please call the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program staff at 515-433-2091.

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Reach out today!

Please feel free to contact us with questions or for more information. If your request is urgent in nature, we request you contact us by phone at 515.233.3141.