Project Overview: Life-Skills, Empowerment, And Development Services, Inc. (LEADS) will implement the Health Education and Relationship Training Services (HEARTS) project to address the problem of unintended teen pregnancy in south St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida. LEADS will implement Love Notes Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA), an evidence-based curriculum consisting of thirteen lessons and including lecture, film, music, video, art, sculpture and discussion in the presentation of its lessons. The project will bring Love Notes (SRA) to scale in south St. Petersburg by reaching 500 primarily African American youth in year one, and 600 in year two of the grant. Youth will be between the ages of 14-19 with a focus on those ages 15-19. LEADS will implement the program through two consecutive Saturday HEARTS Camps, which will be held up to 32 times per year to meet participant numbers. LEADS and the Next STEPP Pregnancy Center have organized a consortium of 11 black churches and nonprofits that will help recruit for and host the camps. LEADS’ outcome evaluation seeks to understand if a culturally appropriate youth sexual health promotion and pregnancy prevention program will increase the sexual health knowledge of African American youth in a scalable and replicable model.
Target Population: Primarily African American youth, ages 14-19, in St. Petersburg, FL
Geographic Area Served (Urbanicity of Community): South St. Petersburg, Florida (Rural, Urban)
Teen Birth Rate in Area Served (Per 1,000)*: 54
*Estimates as reported by the grantee in proposal materials and not generated by the Office of Population Affairs.
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