ADOLESCENT PREGNANCY PREVENTION PROGRAM (APPP)
The Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (APPP) is a program of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives that provides adolescents with the knowledge, skills, and support they need to prevent a pregnancy. This program is offered in many counties throughout North Carolina. In Jackson County, the program is delivered by implementing the Wise Guys and Smart Girls curricula.
The goal of Wise Guys is to inspire males to make healthy choices regarding sexuality and relationships. The Wise Guys curriculum is designed for males ages 12-14 years, focusing on reproductive health and sexuality. Lessons teach young males strategies for dealing with social pressures from peers to engage in risky behaviors. Lessons include, but are not limited to:
- Conflict resolution
- Assault/abuse prevention
The goal of Smart Girls is to inspire females to make healthy choices regarding sexuality and relationships. The Smart Girls curriculum is designed for females ages 12-14 years, focusing on reproductive health and sexuality. Lessons teach young females strategies for dealing with social pressures from peers to engage in risky behaviors. Lessons include, but are not limited to:
- Conflict resolution
- Assertiveness skills
The goal of Smart Teens is to provide teens with the necessary information and resources in order to empower them to make responsible, healthy, and smart decisions throughout their lives. Smart Teens is a seven-week program designed for students in 9th grade. Boys and girls are separated and taught lessons that involve open discussion and skill building activities that address the following topics: Self-Image, Mental Health, Healthy Relationships, Contraceptives/Local Resources, Sexual Consent/Self Defense, Substance Abuse, and Becoming Informed Consumers of Media.
The goal of Senior Seminar is to give seniors in high school a refresher in healthy decision making before graduation. Senior Seminar is a five-part exploration with outside speakers reaching out to high school seniors. Topics include:
- Money management
- Personal violence
- STDs and contraception
- Substance abuse
- Legal consequences of high risk choices
For additional information, call 828-587-8238.