Education / Job Club
Healthy Teen’s menu of offerings includes daily tutoring, enrichment, homework assistance, and remediation. All Education activities are centered on positioning young people for high school graduation and college completion.
- Licensed and trained educators provide support inside and outside of school-day classrooms.
- Healthy Teens staff develop customized academic service plans for those who
arrive or fall below grade level to ensure on-time graduation.
- Learning doesn’t take a vacation! Students participate in project-based activities during summer breaks and on Saturdays.
- Healthy Teens creates a culture of college-going that establishes the link between educational attainment and economic self-sufficiency in adulthood, and provides the means with a full slate of college readiness activities throughout middle school and high school for young people and their families.
Education Program Results:
Healthy Teens participants scored 11.2% higher on the
ASK7 tests than the entire Bridgeton NJ Public School District.
Summer school attendance decreased from 3% to 0%
Healthy Teens participants showed an average proficiency increase of 1.75% in Math, Science, Social Studies and Language Arts from 7th to 8th grade.
Healthy Teens participants are immersed in the world of careers, develop basic work-related skills, learn principles behind banking and savings, and participate in business activities that will expose them to entrepreneurship and earning potential.
- Each participant opens and maintains a savings account.
- All young people earn a stipend for weekly Job Club participation.
- Trained Job Club Educators lead a rigorous financial literacy curriculum developed with program partner Junior Achievement of New York that includes lessons on loans, bonds, stocks, interest, and credit.
- Young people gain insight into small business ownership through regular entrepreneurial activities.
- Job Club provides community service opportunities and job-shadowing events.
Family Life and Sexuality (FLSE)
Family Life and Sexuality Education (FLSE)
FLSE helps young people learn about themselves and their bodies in an age and stage appropriate fashion. FLSE staff are professional educators, and act as mentors and advisers on issues related to reproductive health and safety, healthy relationships, and general well-being.
- Trained adolescent sexuality professionals are dedicated to a single age cohort, thereby developing a long-term relationship with young people towards the goal of building trust, reducing risk-taking and reinforcing that parenthood is best after a college education.
- FLSE Educators lead weekly holistic sexuality education sessions that take a common sense approach with an emphasis on the importance of abstinence and informed decision-making.
- We believe parents should be their children’s primary source of sexuality information! Parent Family Life and Sexuality Education sessions are available for caretakers and adults from the community.
FLSE Program Results:
Compared to 9th graders nationally, Healthy Teens participants:
38% nationally have engaged in intercourse compared to
Only 20% of Healthy Teens participants.
65% nationally using condoms at last intercourse compared
to 75% of Healthy Teens participants.
0.33% of African-American females under the age of 15 nationally and 6.7% of African-American females aged 15 to 17 nationally have ever been pregnant compared to 0% of African-American female youth under 18 who participated in Healthy Teens 0.19% of Hispanic females under the age of 15 nationally and 6.1% of Hispanic females aged 15 to 17 nationally have ever been pregnant compared to 0% of Hispanic female youth under the age of 18 who participated in Healthy Teens.
Lifetime Individual Sports / Self-Expression
Lifetime Individual Sports
Participants learn sports that can be played for a lifetime that do not rely on a team format. We believe that the self-discipline and impulse control learned in the exposure to these activities can be transferred to other aspects of daily living. Last year alone, young people participated in:
- Roller skating
Boys and girls participate in a wide variety of opportunities to express their thoughts and feelings related to individual identity, their families, and their communities through artistic outlets. Activities include:
- Dance / Music / Drama
- Audio production
- Arts & crafts / Pottery / Collage
- Fine arts / Painting / Drawing
- Spoken word
Program Results Include:
Healthy Teens participants showed a significant improvement
in nutritional habits and increased physical activity.
Healthy Teens participants showed a significant increase
in art esteem and enjoyment in year 3 female participants.
Increased community involvement
Decreased suspensions and detentions
Increased use of conflict management strategies between participants to solve problems
Less time spent utilizing electronic devices for recreation
Increased school attendance
Healthy Teens believes parents play a powerful role in their children’s success; parents and trusted caregivers should be the first and primary sources of sexuality information and support for participants. For these reasons, all parents are invited to attend a multi-week workshop series designed to help caregivers increase their sexual literacy, improve communication skills with family members, and develop a holistic definition of sexuality.
The Parent Family Life and Sexuality Education (PFLSE) curriculum provides adults with a powerful opportunity to share their experiences with peers, strengthen ties with their children, and empower themselves to play a crucial role in preventing young people from becoming parents too soon.
Because of the focus on the relationships with parents and other community members, we have been able to engage and collaborate very effectively.
We have successfully collaborated with our local American Heart Association, March of Dimes and Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity to do fund raising and provide care packages for those in need in our community.
We average 75 participants, parents and family members at our monthly Parent Nights that provide food, information and fellowship.
Mental Health / Power Group
Mental Health / Power Group
All young people participate in Power Group, a weekly socialization session led by social workers that use group work activities and theme-based content to build coping skills, enhance self-esteem, reduce isolation, and remove obstacles to learning. At the heart of Healthy Teens Mental Health services is a team of licensed social workers with extensive youth and adolescent backgrounds who:
- Are dedicated to a single age cohort, thereby developing a long-term relationship with young people towards the goal of building trust, reducing risk-taking and reinforcing that parenthood is best after a college education
- Provide individual, group, and family counseling, crisis intervention, conflict mediation, and assessment and referral services to participants and their families
- Collaborate with Family Life and Sexuality Educators to deliver comprehensive programming
Power Group Program Results:
38% of 9th grade students nationwide engaged in a physical fight this past year while Healthy Teens participants only 18%
33% of 9th grade students nationwide admitted to smoking cigarettes compared to Healthy Teens participants only 17%
60% of 9th grade students nationwide admitted to using alcohol compared to Healthy Teens participants only 35%
39% of 9th grade students nationwide admitted to using marijuana compared to Healthy Teens participants only 24%