The following are some of the community initiatives that help Rochester youth reach their full potential and that prevent teen pregnancy:
THRIVE 2 is a federally funded teen pregnancy prevention program, led by the City of Rochester, Department of Recreation and Youth Services. The program is designed to bring effective teen pregnancy prevention and youth development programs to scale so that most youth in Rochester have the opportunity to participate. THRIVE staff work in Rochester City School District, City Recreation Centers, charter schools, and community sites to engage youth in life skills and sexuality education programs. The THRIVE youth leadership team is known as Students Making a Change; the group hosts youth events and helps to design social marketing messages. Agencies participating in THRIVE include Metro Council for Teen Potential, Center for Youth, Ibero, Highland Family Planning and Hillside. Funding is provided by the Office of Adolescent Health, US Dept. of Health and Human Services. Contact Erica Hernandez, hernande at cityofrochester.gov for more information.
City Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (known as “RISE”) is led by City of Rochester Bureau of Youth Services. The collaborative delivers evidence-based sexuality curriculum in high schools and community settings. The SOAR Youth Leadership club hosts youth events, creates radio and video PSAs and works with other youth leadership groups. Members include Highland Family Planning, SPCC, MCTP, YWCA, and Family Resource Centers / Hillside Family of Agencies. NYS Dept. of Health provides the funding. Contact Jamila Crossdale at jamila.crossdale at cityofrochester.gov
In-Control is a youth development and teen pregnancy prevention program, led by Planned Parenthood of Central and Western NY, with the support of Baden Street Settlement and MCTP, and funded by NYS Dept. of Health as part of the Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program. In-Control components include evidence-based sexuality education; youth-led music, drama and video production; recreation; peer leadership and parent programs. Contact: LaMarr Powell at LaMarr.Powell at ppcwny.org.
Youth 4 Change is a peer education program that trains youth leaders and supports their efforts to reduce rates of youth HIV,and STIs. Youth leaders sponsor events and exhibits, educate their peers, promote HIV/STI testing, advocate for improved youth health policies, including increased condom accessibility, and engage with the faith community. ABC Action Front Center is the lead agency. NYS Dept. of Health provides funding. Contact Mary Terziani at mterziani at abcinfo.org.
STYA (Successfully Transitioning Youth to Adolescence) is a youth development and health promotion program for children ages 9 to 12, funded by NYS Dept. of Health. URMC serves as the lead agency with partners SPCC, MCTP and Center for Youth. Staff teach the children essential life skills including communication, safety, conflict resolution and emotional awareness. Staff serve as mentors to the youth and provide enrichment opportunities including field trips, arts education, overnight trips and recreation. For information, contact Jennifer Quick at jquick at badenstreet.org. Click here to watch a video to discover more about this program.
Youth Voice One Vision, is a youth council coordinated by the City of Rochester’s Department of Recreation and Youth Services. About 75 active youth members plan community service projects, serve on the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council and organize events such as Steppin’ Up to Solutions and Global Youth Service Day. Contact Tremain Harris harrist at cityofrochester.gov; 585-428-6360.
Health Education in Rochester City School District
Most schools in NYS, including schools in Rochester, provide a half-credit health class in middle school and a half-credit health class in high school; topics include sexuality/family life. The Rochester City School District uses the Making a Difference curriculum in middle school and Reducing the Risk curriculum in high school. RCSD also developed a sexuality curriculum for 4th, 5th and 6th grades, called WISE.