The Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Adolescent Health Program (Adolescent Health) provides health education, resources, and technical assistance to help teens in Wicomico County stay safe and healthy. Adolescent Health offers customizable presentations and evidence-based programming designed to help young people prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, take care of their health, form healthy relationships, and more. Services and education are provided to pre-adolescents, adolescents, parents/guardians, and community groups.
Adolescent Health presentation topics offered include, but are not limited to:
- Communicating with children and teens about sexuality topics
- Contraception (birth control)
- Healthy decision-making
- Healthy/unhealthy relationships
- Human reproduction
- Personal hygiene
- Refusal skills
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Teen pregnancy prevention
- Have another idea? Give us a call!
Adolescent Health offers the three following programs
Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (GEMS)
An after school health and social club for middle school females in Bennett Middle School, Salisbury Middle School, and Wicomico Middle School. The GEMS program emphasizes abstinence from sex, drugs and alcohol, and helps girls to develop responsible behavior, self esteem, and confidence.
GEMS uses the curriculum found here: https://www.etr.org/store/curricula/promoting-health-among-teens-abstinence-only/
Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)
PREP is a 12-session safer sex and abstinence intervention for males and females ages 12-19. Adult preparation topics such as healthy relationships, financial literacy, and career/educational success are taught as well.
PREP uses the curriculum found here: https://www.etr.org/ebi/programs/promoting-health-among-teens-comprehensive/
PREP also offers the curriculum found here: http://seventeendays.org/
True You Maryland
True You Maryland offers a comprehensive sexuality education program designed to build the following skills:
- Life planning
- Preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections
- Resisting media and peer pressure
This program is a resource intended for high school classrooms and community groups. Find the curriculum here: https://positivepreventionplus.com/.
True You Maryland provides educational workshops to parents and caregivers in Wicomico County. For more information about True You Maryland program offerings, contact Alicia Miller: 410-219-7486 or [email protected].
Youth in Wicomico County are invited to join the Youth Advisory Board. Contact [email protected] for more information.
Why is sexuality education important?
Sexuality education helps young people achieve positive health outcomes. Sexuality education:
- Reduces sexuality transmitted infections,
- Reduces unintended pregnancies,
- Reduces dating violence,
- Delays initiation of sexual activity,
- Increases knowledge and skills in healthy relationships,
- Improves communication skills, and
- Improves media literacy
Would you like to bring these benefits to youth in your community? Contact us to learn how!
Adolescent Health connects youth, parents/guardians, and community members with services and resources in our area.