In our efforts to address the issues and consequences of adolescent risk-taking behaviors we recognize that it is vital that strong partnerships are established and maintained. We see parents, faith-based leaders and youth serving agencies as our partners in this effort. Training events and workshops are currently being developed.
Teen Pregnancy: A Call to Action Presentation. This one time presentation is provided upon request. It is based on a documentary designed to give the audience the latest information available on the issue of teenage pregnancy as it relates to our locality. This presentation will be offered to educators, youth services workers, employers and others. If requested this presentation is followed by one or more of the following:
Talk 2 Me Parent Forums will be offered to give parents pertinent information about youth culture in our area, explain the most current information we have about adolescent development and to demonstrate the use of the “Talk 2 Me: A guide to discussing sexuality and relationship with your kids” resource. The Talk 2 Me toolkit is a free resource developed by the Virginia Department of Health. It is designed as a conversation tool – helping parents and youth to engage in meaningful conversations. Additional resources are available for parents addressing topics such as puberty, menstruation, sexually transmitted diseases, substance abuse and healthy/unhealthy relationships.
SAGE Training for Health Care Professionals will be offered to physicians and nurses that provide health care to pre-teens and teens through the Richmond Academy of Medicine, Richmond Medical Society, Richmond Pediatric Society, VCU/MCV Health Systems and other health care organizations. The purpose of the training is to equip health care professionals with tools and skills for assessing adolescent sexual risk-taking behaviors and strategies for promoting risk avoidance and risk reduction of those behaviors.
Faith-Based Organization Training will be offered to area faith community leadership in an effort to provide the most current data and strategies for implementing teenage pregnancy prevention programs with youth. Relevant information for parents will also be shared including parent-child connectedness, adolescent brain development, and internet safety. We will provide technical assistance to help organizations identify and implement faith-based teen pregnancy prevention curriculum/programs at least once per year.
Information will be posted as trainings develop.