Pregnancy prevention program targets teen boys - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Pregnancy prevention program targets teen boys

By Jamel Major - bio | email | Facebook

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis organization is battling the teen pregnancy crisis by targeting teen boys.

'Be Proud! Be Responsible! Memphis!' is new program that's reaching out to teen boys as it is introduced to Trezevant, Northside, and Frayser High Schools.  According to Michael Massey at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, says the five-year teen pregnancy prevention program was funded by a $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

The program will focus on teenage boys ages 13 to 18.

"It's part education, it's a lot of interaction, and it's small class settings.  Each Le Bonheur educator will have basically 10 to 15 kids," Massey said.

The program is designed to eliminate or reduce risky sexual behaviors among adolescents and teaches them how to develop healthy relationships.  The program will focus on risky sexual behavior, decision making, and establishing good relationships.

"If you teach them how to navigate and make better decisions, not only are you helping kids now, but you're helping them in the future," Massey said.

The program includes skill-building classes using videos, games, and role-playing to help build a sense of pride and responsibility in reducing teen pregnancies.

"It's just another way of caring for the kids outside the walls of the hospital," Massey said.

The program will target more than 1,200 students in its first year, and 2,500 kids in years two through five.

Copyright 2011 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly