Pregnancy Prevention Programs
Mission WV began their federal Teen Pregnancy Prevention program in 2007 and currently runs five pregnancy prevention programs with federal, state and community dollars. Over the past ten years, THINK has provided over 70,000 students across 25 counties in West Virginia with pregnancy prevention education services. The purpose of this project is to expand teen pregnancy prevention services to all youth in West Virginia with an overall impact of reducing the rate of teen pregnancy in West Virginia.
Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP)
The Teen Pregnancy Prevention program is a federal grant that began in in July 2015 through a competitive process to a broad range of grantees across the nation. Mission WV’s application received the highest score among 419 applications, including 80 other grantee recipients. The award amount of $1.7 million makes the THINK Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program one of the largest adolescent health care programs dedicated to Teen Pregnancy and STI prevention in the country. The grant was awarded from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to replicate evidence-based programs to middle and high-school aged youth. Mission WV, along with two partner organizations, Community Action of Southeast West Virginia (CASE) and Rainelle Medical Center (RMC) provide teen pregnancy prevention programming to 14 counties in West Virginia. Mission WV and their partners help to create an environment within communities that supports teens to make healthy choices for their future and to prevent teen pregnancy and STDs/STIs.
Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)
The PREP program, a grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, was awarded in September 2016. Funds from this program allow THINK to help youth in– and aging out– of foster care, minority youth, and youth residing in rural communities. Through PREP, THINK offers quality, evidence-based programming to West Virginia youth in group homes and high risk school environments in Cabell, Clay and Wayne Counties. Mission WV will work to reduce the number of foster youth becoming pregnant before age 19 in West Virginia. In addition, activities and curriculum focused on three adult preparation subjects promoting healthy relationships, educational and career success and healthy life skills are offered to the youth in these group homes.
Sexual Risk Avoidance Education I & II
Mission WV received the new award for Sexual Risk Avoidance Education (SRAE) programming October 1, 2016. A second SRAE was received in 2018. More than 1300 youth will be served in Cabell, Fayette, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Mercer, Nicholas, and Raleigh Counties during the 3 year grant period. Settings for this program will include group homes, juvenile detention facilities, residential treatment facilities, youth emergency shelters, and middle and high schools. This program will allow Mission WV and its partners, Rainelle Medical Center and CASEWV to further their reach to youth in high risk populations. SRAE will give youth tools to create healthier relationships and build communication skills while lowering rates of pregnancy and STIs.
The Title V Program, a grant from the WV Department of Health and Human Resources Adolescent Health Initiative, was awarded in October 2016. Funds from this program allow THINK to administer evidence based curriculum that teaches refraining from non-marital sexual activity. Through Title V, THINK offers Love Notes and Relationship Smarts PLUS curricula to middle and high school aged youth in Putnam County. The THINK Program will also utilize the Title V funds to teach youth about risky behaviors, emphasizing the correlation between the early onset of sexual activity and drug/alcohol use; consequences of sexual activity - included psycho-social and emotional impacts, sexually transmitted infections, and self-esteem and positive life choices.