May is teen pregnancy prevention month and ACR Health is bringing awareness to the issue with an informational event.
The goal of the event is to educate parents, teachers, coaches and even caregivers on the importance of keeping the lines of communication open when it comes to teens and sex. ACR Health’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program Supervisor Diane Kuklinski says that caregivers of all ages are welcome to attend.
“Anyone that works with youth, we want to have come in so we can show them our program and how we can help them help the youth in their lives and the youth that they’re serving,” Diane said.
ACR Health teaches an evidence based program called ‘Be Proud, Be Responsible.’ The program is federally evaluated and has been proven to reduce teen pregnancy and delay the onset of sexual behavior, Educator Shelby Cusson said.
“A huge part of our program is talking to parents about talking to their youth about sex and how to start that conversation and how it shouldn’t just be that singular birds and the bees conversation,” she said. “It’s more about interlacing those types of conversations throughout their teen years.”
The goal of the event is to give adults and mentors the tools that they need to talk openly about how to handle the conversations that can come up when talking to teens about sex. Statistics in Onondaga County show that while the numbers related to unplanned pregnancies are high, overall ACR Health has seen a dip in unplanned pregnancies. This is a clear indication that the education programs are working, Shelby added.
ACR Health’s Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program’s Open House is happening on Monday, May 13th from 5 to 7pm at the Q Center on Hiawatha Blvd West in Syracuse. For more information, call (315) 475-2430 or visit ACRHealth.org/Youth.