2011-06-24 / Community

Safe Space Program To Start Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program

By Miriam Rosenberg

Helping pregnant teens and their sexual partners is the goal of a new program being started in Rockaway.

Safe Space and ACQC: the Aids Center of Queens County have finalized a partnership to allow Safe Space to run the new program in the Rockaways, and ACQC to run the program in Jamaica. Both organizations are subcontractors for the program, which is funded by the State Department of Health.

In an email to local organizations from the director of youth services for Safe Space, Theresa Zelaya, the organizations were asked for referrals to recruit young people for the new Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention initiative.

“The program is geared towards youth 13 to 18 and their sexual partners who live in Far Rockaway,” said Zelaya in her email. “Services would be provided to pregnant and parenting teenagers and other high risk, disconnected youth (out of school, foster care, lgbt [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender], [those] involved in the juvenile justice system, new immigrants and homeless/unstably housed persons). Services would be provided to parents as well through workshops, outreach, referrals to community based organizations and medical providers.”

According to the email, services will include “[a] Be Proud, Be Responsible evidence-based curriculum to reduce at risk behaviors; referrals to medical providers; workshops to promote youth development healthy relationships, HIV/ AIDS education, financial literacy, [and] resumé writing.”

Those taking part in the program will also be able to join “tours of medical facilities planned by the program’s navigator.”

While referrals to the program are due on Friday, June 24, there is no time line for beginning the program.

“We hope to begin the services of this program soon,” said Zelaya.

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