The Children’s Aid Society Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (CAS-Carrera)

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Scientific Rating:
3
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Medium
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. The Children’s Aid Society Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (CAS-Carrera) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Teen Pregnancy Services.

Target Population: Young people and their families from disadvantaged urban, rural and suburban neighborhoods; youth may come from single-parent homes and reside in neighborhoods characterized by higher than national rates of poverty, teen pregnancy, and crime, unemployment, and high school dropouts

For children/adolescents ages: 10 – 19

Brief Description

CAS-Carrera is designed to develop young people’s capacity and desire to avoid parenthood and other risky behaviors during adolescence, and help them break the cycle of poverty and despair affecting their full development. CAS-Carrera uses a holistic, above-the-waist approach to help young people develop ambitious personal goals, improve their sexual literacy, and cultivate aspirations for a productive future. Guided by a philosophy that sees youth as at-promise not at-risk, CAS-Carrera begins working with boys and girls in middle school - at age 10 or 11, and follows them through high school graduation and college admission. The program’s logic model centers on the understanding young people prevent teen pregnancy when their future is filled with promise and exciting possibilities.

The CAS-Carrera program model can be implemented in two ways:

  • Offered as a traditional after-school, youth development approach each day (and Saturdays), including a summer program
  • Integrated within a public or charter school day, working with succeeding grades each year until the entire school is receiving the model

Program Goals:

The goals of The Children’s Aid Society Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (CAS-Carrera) are:

  • Reduce teen pregnancies by developing young people’s capacity and desire to avoid early parenthood and other risky behaviors, and to help them break the cycle of poverty and despair affecting their full development

The primary desired outcomes include:

  • Greater knowledge of sexuality and reproductive health
  • Lower rates of pregnancy
  • Higher rates of abstinence
  • Higher rates of contraceptive use
  • Improved access and receipt of medical care/reproductive health services
  • Increased exposure to the world of work/employment opportunities
  • Increased exposure to college and careers
  • Higher high school graduation and college admission rates than contrast groups

Contact Information

Name: Shelia Reich, MSW
Title: Deputy Director, National Implementation
Agency/Affiliation: The Children’s Aid Society Carrera Program
Website: www.stopteenpregnancy.com
Email:
Phone: (718) 208-5939

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2013