Harold Cares About Your Future: Pregnant and Parenting Teen Program

 
Brief Description

High schools around the country are seeing an increasing number of students becoming pregnant. In Los Angeles County, 40 out of every 1,000 adolescent girls ages 15-19 become pregnant. In order to reduce the occurrence of teenage pregnancy in Los Angeles County, NHF is working to target the most at-risk populations for participation in the Harold Cares about Your Future: Pregnant Parenting Teen Program. NHF’s school based program combines individual services, strong linkages to community resources and peer group education sessions to help first time pregnant and parenting teens avoid subsequent pregnancies. Core activities of the program revolve around a series of weekly workshops and presentations to help each participant reach the following goals: (1) avoid a subsequent pregnancy; (2) utilize appropriate healthcare for self and child; (3) enhance parenting abilities; (4) remain in high school with the goal of graduation/completion; and (5) prepare for employment by learning job search and interview skills. To reach these objectives, NHF collaborates with local providers and agencies to connect participants with clinical services and community resources for healthcare, nutrition, parenting, child care, and vocational and career planning. To date, NHF has reached nearly 500 students. NHF currently facilitates the program at seven high schools within Los Angeles Unified School District (Dorsey, Fremont, Jefferson, New Technology, Santee Education Complex, West Adams Preparatory and South Region High #2). NHF utilizes a web-based data collection system through which participants are tracked and outcomes are assessed.



Measured or Anticipated Outcomes
  • Reduce the number of subsequent pregnancies among teens participating in the program
  • Connect participants to resources and services in their communities
  • Increase utilization of appropriate healthcare among participants and their children
  • Enhance parenting abilities and understanding of child development
  • Improve high school graduation/completion rates among participants
  • Prepare participants to achieve their educational and career goals


At the completion of the 2013-2014 program year:
  • All participants were enrolled in school continuously, or graduated with a diploma or GED at six months or more following program completion;
  • There were no reported repeated pregnancies among participants; and
  • At the end of the program, the percentage of participants agreeing they had the ability to seek out services (e.g. birth control, child care, food stamps, etc.) in their communities increased from 76% to 92%;
  • Additionally, 97%, 90%, 88%, and 95% of the participants agreed that they knew what they wanted from life, have a clear picture of what they would like to be doing in the future, knew what their long range goals were, and make decisions to achieve them.


Policy Implications
A comprehensive approach to teen pregnancy prevention utilizing individual services and peer group education sessions focuses on improving the overall health, well-being and success of teens and their communities

Funders
Funding is generously provided by the Harold Edelstein Foundation.

Key Partners

A grant from the AT&T Foundation facilitated the development of a web-based data collection system to measure and assess program outcomes. In 2011, NHF’s centralized data collection system and evaluation tools were expanded to accommodate data submission from similar programs conducted by four partner organizations: El Nido Family Centers; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Project NATEEN; Foothill Family Shelter; and ONEgeneration.



Contact
Jeanette Pena, Program Manager, at jpena@nhfca.org.