Delivering Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Services to High-Risk Youth: Implementing Teen Choice in New York

Publisher: Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aug 17, 2017
Rachel Shapiro, Robert G. Wood, Jean Knab, and Lauren Murphy

Key Findings:

  • Program staff and participating youth liked Teen Choice.
  • Attendance was a challenge.
More than half a million adolescents in the United States attend alternative schools or other specialized education programs for youth at risk of academic failure. Many of these youth have emotional or behavioral health issues and may be at high risk for teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). To date, there has been little research on adolescent pregnancy prevention programming designed to meet the needs of youth in alternative school settings. To address this research gap, the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funded Mathematica to collaborate with the New York State Department of Health to conduct a rigorous evaluation of the Teen Choice curriculum in alternative school settings in and around New York City. This report summarizes the curriculum developer’s experience implementing Teen Choice in these settings.