PREP and PREP+ (teen pregnancy prevention)
Gandara’s Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) encourages youth to explore their goals and dreams. We help youth look at how teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) can get in the way of achieving those goals. PREP is a 12-hour program for youth ages 15 to 19. Interested youth are invited to assist in co-leading future groups.
The PREP Program uses Making Proud Choices, a sexual health education curriculum that helps youth to explore and learn how to stay healthy, strong and committed to their own personal growth. The group also covers three topics that are important to becoming successful adults:
- Healthy Relationships
- Adolescent Development
- Financial Literacy
Gandara’s PREP+ Program PREP+ groups meet weekly after school during the school year in several locations and are open to youth ages 11 to 14. The program also promotes youth involvement in supporting the community through community service learning.
PREP+ is an interactive, team-work and leadership skills-building program that uses the curricula Making Proud Choices on sexuality-education and Help Increase the Peace on violence prevention/conflict resolution. Youth work with group leaders to choose an issue in their community to work on and come up with a project that will help the community.
For more information about the PREP or PREP+ Programs, please call Sharon Hall-Smith at 413-733-0261 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program uses evidence based programs including: Cuidate and Making Proud Choices and includes additional life skills/positive youth development curricula to help under-resourced minority youth with multiple high risk factors for teen pregnancy. It will work with youth groups in several targeted Springfield Schools, the YWCA, and youth involved in DCF, DYS, DMH or CBHI services in the greater Springfield/Holyoke region.
Closed Referral but interested individual/groups may call for more information: 413-285-4988.