In 1970, the Children's Aid Society (CAS) began offering sexuality education workshops for teens, parents and staff in New York City. Soon, it became clear that sexuality education alone wasn't enough to effectively influence the risky behavior of teens. While youth received a robust family life and sexuality education curriculum and access to reproductive health services, they’d return home to communities where the messages of sexual responsibility became quickly diluted. A decade later, CAS executives collaborated with Dr. Carrera to develop a new approach, one that would help young people develop not only the capacity to avoid mistakes, but also the desire to do so. This new seven-days-a-week program began in 1984 at the Dunlevy Milbank Center with 27 young people and a few parents. By 1990, the program had expanded to three CAS sites, increasing the number of teens reached tenfold. Soon after, Dr. Carrera and CAS staff began providing technical assistance and training on the program model to organizations within and outside of New York City to replicate the model.
CAS‐Carrera is currently serving nearly 4,000 young people in neighborhoods throughout New York City and at partnership sites in Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. Our programs are located in diverse settings -- cities, suburbs, charter schools and public schools – all the communities we serve all face higher than average rates of poverty, unemployment, teen pregnancy, and high school dropouts.
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CAS-Carrera is the only fully evaluated teenage pregnancy prevention program in the country with statistically proven effectiveness.
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