Hurricane, West Virginia
TPP Grantee Type: Replicating Effective Programs to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (TPP19 Tier 1) – 2019-2021
Annual Funding: $492,000
Project Overview: Mission West Virginia, Inc. (MWV) is an Appalachian region nonprofit organization with over 20 years of experience in developing and operating programs to strengthen families in the areas of teen pregnancy prevention, positive youth development, healthy relationship education, and workforce development. The purpose of the MWV project is to replicate and bring to scale Love Notes Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA). MWV will deliver the teen pregnancy prevention program to 1,500 youth annually, ages 14-19 residing Jackson and Wood counties, which have a combined teen birth rate of 34.4, which is 26.5% higher than that of WV (27.1) and 82.4% higher than that of the U.S. (18.4). MWV will serve five high schools, one vocational school, two alternative schools, and two juvenile justice facilities, bringing the program to scale in four settings to build the knowledge base on understanding what elements, components, and factors are important to broaden program success. MWV aims to have a significant impact on reducing rates of teen pregnancy, STIs, and existing disparities among populations with greatest need. MWV will work with supportive service partners, West Virginia (WV) Department of Health and Human Resources, county health departments, WV Center for Children’s Justice, New Horizons, WV FRIS, Prevent Suicide WV, and Fairness WV, to help youth address risk factors and build protective factors to promote sexual delay and sexual cessation.
Target Population: Youth ages 14-19
Geographic Area Served (Urbanicity of Community): Jackson and Wood counties in West Virginia (Rural)
Teen Birth Rate in Area Served (Per 1,000)*: 33.4 in Jackson County, 34.7 in Wood County
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