Las Vegas, New Mexico
Project Overview: The Northeast Regional Education Cooperative (REC#4), established in 1984 by the New Mexico State Department of Education, is one of nine regional education cooperatives in New Mexico. REC#4 provides district- and school-level capacity building and other services to six public school districts in three rural northeastern New Mexico counties. Of the three counties, San Miguel has the highest rates of sexual risk compared to the state and national averages. The rate of teen births in San Miguel County is 30.2 per 1,000 girls ages 15-19 (2014-2016) as compared to the national average of 20.3 and the state average of 29.8. San Miguel County lacks community resources to support teen pregnancy prevention and risk-reduction and to promote adolescent health, which necessitates a need for programming that supports sexual-risk reduction and development of protective factors. Partnering with schools in Las Vegas, NM, REC#4 will replicate evidence-based Teen Outreach Program (TOP) in-schools with fidelity, serving 1,600 youth ages 11-18 each year of the funding cycle. The overall goal of the program is to promote healthy adolescence and to address youth sexual risk across the interrelated factors that promote optimal health and result in healthy decision-making and teen pregnancy prevention. The project will demonstrate an effective, innovative approach to reduce pregnancies, births, and STDs including HIV/AIDS among high-risk youth populations. In addition, it will target socioeconomically disadvantaged populations that are at highest risk of teen pregnancy to prevent adolescent pregnancy and STDs including HIV/AIDS.
Target Population: Youth ages 11-18 in Las Vegas, NM schools
Geographic Area Served (Urbanicity of Community): San Miguel County, New Mexico (Rural)
Teen Birth Rate in Area Served (Per 1,000)*: 30.2
*Estimates as reported by the grantee in proposal materials and not generated by the Office of Population Affairs.
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