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O2T (On Second Thought)

"The most useful part of the program was talking about peer pressure. It’s something that I am currently experiencing and it was great to learn the different ways to overcome those pressures."
– Middle School Student

An interactive, self-directed educational program designed to assist adolescents, ages 9-18, to develop healthy decision-making skills. O2T consists of seven, 90-minute modules that align with the Pennsylvania's Academic Standards for Health, Safety, and Physical Education. Delivered via a small group format, 10-15 students work with an educator/facilitator to explore topics and achieve O2T goals. Topics include self esteem, goal setting, puberty, conception, teen pregnancy prevention, abstinence, contraceptive methods, healthy/unhealthy relationships, relationships and drugs and alcohol, STIs/HIV/AIDS, O2T decision-making process, identifying community resources, and a presentation of student projects. While not a school-based program, O2T helps to fill the gap caused by crises in school financing that have led to cuts in health education in public schools resulting in little or no sex education. O2T provides many lessons that students might not otherwise receive.

This past year 358 adolescents completed 154 learning modules designed to help them think twice before engaging in risky behaviors. Programs were provided in Allegheny, Dauphin, and Lycoming counties.

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Healthy Youth PA

Healthy Youth PA uses an integrated program model of mentoring, counseling, and adult supervision to promote abstinence from sexual activity between youth ages 9 to 14. Healthy Youth PA strives to implement strategies to build protective factors to promote the optimal transition of youth from middle childhood to adolescence. These protective factors will assist youth in transitioning to a healthy, productive and connected young adulthood.

The Family Health Council of Central PA, in partnership with the Camp Curtin YMCA, has developed an innovative and comprehensive program which:


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Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)

PREP funds are for programs that educate youth on abstinence, contraception, and adulthood preparation subjects. Adulthood preparation subjects include: healthy relationships, adolescent development, healthy life skills, financial literacy, parent-child communication, and educational and career success. The purpose of the funding is to support personal responsibility education programs that replicate evidence-based effective program models or substantially incorporate elements of effective programs that have been proven on the basis of scientific research to change behavior, which means delaying sexual activity, increasing condom or contraceptive use for sexually active youth, or reducing pregnancy among youth.

The Family Health Council of Central PA was awarded two PREP grants by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Through these grants, FHCCP partners with Alder Health Services and the Northern Dauphin County YMCA to deliver three evidence based curricula: Making Proud Choices!, Promoting Health Among Teens!, and Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART).

Making Proud Choices! A safer sex approach to STDs, Teen Pregnancy, and HIV prevention program aims to provide young adolescents with the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV and pregnancy by abstaining from sex or using condoms if they choose to have sex. The curriculum consists of eight modules delivered by trained facilitators to young adolescents. The Family Health Council of Central PA in partnership with the Northern Dauphin County YMCA delivers Making Proud Choices! in the City of Harrisburg and throughout northern Dauphin County through a Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) grant. Through this grant, the Northern Dauphin County YMCA also delivers the Promoting Health Among Teens! Comprehensive curriculum.

In the Promoting Health Amoung Teens! comprehensive curriculum, students learn about puberty, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV, and pregnancy prevention through a lively, interactive and student-centric curriculum, that includes talking circles, brainstorming, roleplays, DVDs, exercises and games that make learning enjoyable. This curriculum includes information about condom use as well as abstinence and is delivered by trained facilitators.

The Family Health Council through a second PREP grant partners with Alder Health Services to deliver Becoming a Responsible Teen (BART). (BART) is an 8-session community-based HIV-prevention program. BART helps teens clarify their own values about sexual activity, make decisions that will help them avoid becoming infected with HIV, and learn skills to put their decisions into action. Although not specifically pregnancy prevention oriented, many of the communication and condom skills taught in BART will also help students avoid unintended pregnancy. With a special focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and ally (LGBTQIA) youth, BART is delivered by trained facilitators through Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs and other youth-serving organizations throughout Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster and York Counties.

Family Health Council's PREP programs also include two sessions of The Teen Game Plan. A Teen Game Plan, or life plan, is designed to get youth to think about their future and how the decisions they make now impact their future and their ability to reach their goals. The Teen Game Plan was developed by the Department of Health, in collaboration with the following organizations: Family Health Council of Central Pennsylvania, Center for Schools and Communities, and the Department of Education.


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"The best thing about being on 02T Peer is developing new friends and making a difference in the lives of others. Our trainer keeps us up to date on current issues and we make sure she is up to date with teen trends."
– College Freshman

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