A comprehensive youth development program for economically disadvantaged teens, a key component of which is reproductive health care.
Sponsored by the Children’s Aid Society, the Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention program is a comprehensive youth development program for economically disadvantaged teens who enter the program at ages 13-15 and usually participate for three years, sometimes longer. The program is provided after school at local community centers, and runs for about three hours each weekday.1 It includes five main activities, as follows:
- Daily academic assistance (e.g., tutoring, homework help, assistance with college applications);
- Job Club 1-2 times per week, including such activities as learning to complete a job application and interview for a job;
- Family life and sex education 1-2 times per week, led by a reproductive health counselor;
- Arts activities 1-2 times per week (e.g. music, dance, writing, or drama workshops); and
- Individual sports activities 1-2 times per week (e.g., tennis, swimming, martial arts).
The program also provides free mental health and medical care through alliances with local health care providers. A key component is reproductive health care, including physical exams, testing for sexually transmitted infections, a range of contraceptive options, and counseling. Carrera program staff schedule the teens’ appointments and accompany them on their visits.
The program costs approximately $5,464 per teen per year to implement (2017 dollars).