Adolescent Health and Youth Development
The Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD) Program addresses health and youth development issues for at-risk youth, ages 10-19, in various counties in the District. A comprehensive youth development system educates and empowers teenagers with information and skills to make intelligent decisions in the areas of:
- Teen Sexuality
- Alcohol & Substance Abuse
- Tobacco Use
A signature program of AHYD is the Personal Responsibility Education Program (Prep), offered in Bibb County. Bibb County is one of 10 counties in Georgia with the highest teen pregnancy and STD rates. The purpose of PREP is to reduce and prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS among teenagers. PREP is provided through a grant from the Department of Human Resources (DHR). PREP is offered to teenagers, 13-19, over several weeks in various engaging, fun settings:
- After School Programs
- Summer Camps
- Foster Care Homes
- Colleges (Ages 17-19
- Recreation Centers
Evidence-based curricula are used for Sex and Healthy Relationship lessons. Participants receive weekly door prizes, a graduation ceremony, gifts and delicious food is provided at each session.
In an effort to maximize resources and services, AHYD’ Youth Development Coordinator facilitates communication and collaboration:
- Government Agencies
- Schools (Middle, High and College)
- Private and Civic Groups
AHYD provides support to these youth-serving organizations in the form of
- Program/Event Design and Restructuring
- Professional Development
- Parent Empowerment Sessions
- Resources (Brochures, Teen Incentives, Etc.)
- Financial Support
- Marketing and Recruitment
- Referral Services
July 16, 2015- HIV/AIDS Education Session for Teenagers at the North Central Health District, 6 p.m. Dr. Harold Katner, Facilitator. Sponsor: Mentor’s Project and Hope Center.
July 25, 2015- Back to School Youth Conference: “Pressing On for the Future” at Center Hill Baptist Church, Macon. Guest speakers: Dr. Thelma Dillard, President of Bibb County BOE; David Davis, Bibb County Sheriff and Valerie Hicks, NCHD Youth Development Coordinator.
August-September 2015- “Making Healthy Choices” School Kick-Off Assemblies at Crawford, Hancock and Putnam County High Schools. Guest Speaker: Jackie Brewton, Motivational Speaker, Sex Education Expert, and CEO of Motivation ‘N3D.
September 26, 2015- Youth Summit at Macon Convention Center. A wild day of music, food, prizes and engaging life-changing messages for teens, ages 13-19. Sponsor: DHS’ Office of Prevention and Family Support. Contact: Alicia.Parks@dhs.ga.gov.
September 25-27, 2015- Bo’s Camp at Hephzibah Children’s Home. A free, family-centered weekend for children and guardians who have experienced death of a parent, grandparent, sibling or other loved one. Register now at www.boscampmacon.org. Sponsor: Medical Center Children’s Hospital.
October 2015, PREP begins at various locations.
Youth Development Coordinator
201 Second Street, Suite 1100
Macon, GA 31201
Direct Line: (478) 751-4009
District Office: (478) 751-6303