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ADOLESCENT HEALTH EDUCATION
(PREP)

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The Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) is a federally funded, comprehensive sexual health education program provided through Amoskeag Health for teens and young adults in the Manchester community. Educators create an inclusive, learner-focused environment for students of all cultures, backgrounds, identities and experiences. PREP provides an inclusive, learner-focused environment for all students.

 

This program works to increase healthy relationships among teens and young adults, positive adolescent development, and to reduce pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. PREP provides a no-cost, discussion-based course, open to people of all genders, aged 14-19 years, or up to 21 years old if pregnant and/or parenting. Parental consent is required for participation.

What is PREP Manchester?

The PREP curriculum emphasizes social and emotional skills as key components of healthy relationships and responsible decision making.

  • Communication skills

  • How to identify healthy relationships

  • Abstinence & other pregnancy prevention methods

  • Gender and sexual identity

  • STD/STI prevention

  • Where and how to safely access sexual health care

Our program consists of either six 1.5-hour sessions or eleven 45-minute sessions. We strive to meet our community partners' needs and will accommodate your requirements as much as possible. In addition to gaining knowledge, students can also earn extended learning opportunity (ELO) credits.

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What Does the Curriculum Teach?

If you have any questions about PREP, please email CommunityInitiatives@AmoskeagHealth.org.

Completing the consent form below gives permission for your mid-schooler or teen to attend the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). This program will take place at Amoskeag Health, your child’s school, virtually, or at a youth program location within your community. You will be contacted to enroll your teen or middle-schooler in the class that best fits their schedule.

Keeping in mind personal beliefs and values, you can preview the two curriculums we offer by emailing communityinitiatives@amoskeaghealth.org. We would be happy to arrange a preview time and answer any questions you may have about the program!

Parental Guardian Consent Form

If you have any questions about PREP, please email CommunityInitiatives@AmoskeagHealth.org.

“There’s no other place we can talk about these things in a safe and understanding
environment. It’s comforting to know that people understand us and want to educate us on our health so we can keep ourselves safe.”
~PREP Participant

What Are Teens Saying?

We believe that teens and young adults deserve access to medically accurate, reliable and informative comprehensive sexual health education. We value, support, and respect everyone’s rights and abilities to make informed choices about their health and safety.

Why We Do What We Do
How to Be a Good Listener
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How to Be a Good Listener

A huge part about being a good friend or a romantic partner is learning to communicate well with the other person. Being a good listener is more than just allowing the other person to speak—you've got to be able to hear what the other person is saying in order to understand the meaning behind their words. There are few things you can do to be a good listener: 1. Pay attention. Don't be distracted by things happening around you. Don't get on your phone and start scrolling or texting. 2. Don't judge what the other person tells you. Let them finish their thought without worrying that you'll jump to conclusions. 3. Don't spend time thinking about what you're going to say next.This is hard to do if you're feeling defensive, but it'll really help if you listen. 4. Show empathy. Empathy means that you show the other person that you feel what they feel. 5. Don't offer solutions to a problem unless you're asked specifically. Most people just want support—they want to be heard. They don't actually want you to solve problems for them. 6. Ask questions to be certain that you understand what the other person is saying, but don't interrupt. Wait until the other person pauses. 7. Be responsive: nod your head or reflect back by saying something like, "you must be so excited" or "that's terrible." Being a good listener is an important skill and can help you to become good boyfriend or girlfriend material. People like to be heard, especially by those they care about. If you need practice, try it out on your close friends or family members. -- Please like, share and subscribe to AMAZE! Follow us on Snap and Insta for more info about puberty and growing up. Snap: AmazeOrg Insta: AmazeOrg http://amaze.org/ [AMZ-039]
Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a theory in psychology. It argues that there are five stages of human needs that motivate our behavior. #learn #motivation Never miss a new video : http://eepurl.com/dNU4BQ Join and support us! www.patreon.com/sprouts www.sproutsschools.com Script: Abraham Maslow proposed his theory in 1943 after studying what he called exemplary people such as Albert Einstein or Eleanor Roosevelt. STAGE 1 First, there are physiological needs, such as the need to breathe, eat, drink or sleep. The moment we got enough of that and we feel awake and our bellies are full, we get motivated by the next thing. STAGE 2 Now we want safety. We try to earn money, build up resources and look for shelter that protects us against dangers. Once we are satisfied and feel safe, we have time to think about what we want next. STAGE 3 At stage three we seek love and belonging. We desire to be close to family and friends, belong to a society or join a gang. But the moment we feel completely part of a group we already wish to be a little different than the rest. At stage four we look for esteem, self-confidence, and respect from our peers. We want to be someone. If we have money, we buy a fancy watch. If we have a brain, we write or think or work a lot. Motivation to perform and compete is now at its highest. Students, sportsmen, and inventors excel. Neil Armstrong even flew to the moon. STAGE 5 Only if we breathe and drink and eat and sleep enough and we feel safe and part of a group and still special, only then we can reach level five: self-actualization. Now we can relax, be creative, accept facts for what they are, give back or do whatever we want. No more pressure, unless of course there is trouble below. If you are a leader and believe in the theory, use it. First, make sure everyone has eaten well. Then make them feel safe and help them belong to a group. Once they feel they belong, they are ready to stand out and excel.
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Local Resources

Manchester Police Athletic League (MPAL) – MPAL connects cops and kids through free athletic, educational, and enrichment instruction to help kids make the right choices and become productive members of the community.

 

Office of Youth Services – The City of Manchester Office of Youth Services advocates for youth and their families by providing a safe environment to address the needs of today’s youth. Please refer to their website for more information.

Waypoint – Waypoint provides needed services in our community including; adoption, prenatal support, parent education/family empowerment, child care, mental health counseling, family preservation, foster care, homeless youth continuum and many more! Call (800) 640-6486.

Waypoint- Youth Drop-In Center – Homeless youth and young adult services; they provide homeless youth and youth in high-risk situations ages 12-23 with resources to survive the night and achieve for a lifetime. Provides food, clothing, laundry services, showers, computer and phone access, and a judgement free zone for young people experiencing homelessness. Call (603) 518-4170.

YWCA NH – Dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice freedom and dignity for all. Comprehensive sexual assault and domestic violence services. Please refer to website for additional information or call (603) 668-2299.

NH Rapid Response: Call or Text (833) 710-6477. The Rapid Response system can talk with you about emotional distress, mental health, substance use and suicidality. they can also send a mobile team to meet you right where you are - in your home, or another location in the community.

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Call or text 988. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is here to help you cope with emotional distress, suicidal thoughts, and provides crisis resources 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

New Hampshire Resources: Not sure where to turn? Call 211. 211 NH is the connection for New Hampshire residents to the most up to date resources they need from specially trained Information and Referral Specialists. 211 NH is available 24 hours, 365 days a year. Multilingual assistance and TDD access are also available. For those outside of New Hampshire, call (866) 444-4211.

211 Resources include: 

  • Clothing and Thrift Shops

  • Community Service and Organizations

  • Domestic & Sexual Violence Services

  • GED - Education Classes & Assistance

  • Employment Services

  • Food Pantries & Nutrition Programs

  • Healthcare Services

  • Housing Assistance - Homeless Prevention, Shelter, Tenant’s Rights

  • Legal Assistance

  • Mental Health & Counseling

  • Substance Misuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Services

  • Support Groups

  • Youth & Family Services

  • And More!

Local Health Clinics

Amoskeag Health: Confidential reproductive health services with counseling for sexual orientation/identity, pregnancy testing, STI testing and treatment, free condoms, and more! Phone: (603) 626-9500. Find a location.

CVS Minute Clinic: Pregnancy testing, free condoms, birth control care, and STI & HIV testing and treatment. Located at 250 Mammoth Road, Manchester, NH. Phone: (603) 623-3995

Equality Health Center: Birth control, STI & HIV testing and treatment, counseling, gynecological/reproductive care, men’s sexual health, transgender health, and more! Located at 38 S Main Street, Concord, NH. Phone: (603) 225-2739

Manchester Health Department: STD clinic with visits for $25.00 (cash only) that includes screening for STIs and STDs. Located at: 1528 Elm Street, Manchester, NH. Phone: (603) 624-6466.

Planned Parenthood: Pregnancy testing, free condoms, birth control care, STI & HIV testing and treatment, counseling, and more! Located at: 24 Pennacook Street, Manchester, NH. Phone: (603) 669-7321.

FOR TEENS:

Amaze - AMAZE takes the awkward out of sex ed. Real info in fun, animated videos that give you all the answers you actually want to know about sex, your body and relationships.

 

Let's Talk Consent – A guide to help teens understand that consent involves agreeing to sexual activity beforehand and continually ensuring comfort, promoting healthy relationships where boundaries are respected.

Love is Respect – The national resource to disrupt and prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering young people through inclusive and equitable education, support, and resources. 

   

Scarleteen – An inclusive, comprehensive, supportive sexuality and relationships website that provides information for teens and emerging adults. Please refer to their website for more information.

The Trevor Project – The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.

  • Trevor Lifeline -- A crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7. CALL 1-866-488-7386.

  • Trevor Text -- Confidential text messaging with a Trevor counselor, available 24/7. Text START to 678-678.

  • Trevor Space – An online international peer-to-peer community for LGBTQ young people and their friends.

  • Trevor Support Center – Where LGBTQ youth and allies can find answers to FAQs and explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and more.

We Think Twice – Tools and resources to help teens make healthy decisions, set goals, manage money, improve leadership skills, look out for their mental health, and resist peer pressure.

Helpful Online Resources
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS/SAFE ADULTS:

AMAZE for Parents – An online resource to help parents/caregivers/safe adults talk to youth about everything from babies to bodies to gender to consent to relationships.

Love is Respect – The national resource to disrupt and prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering young people through inclusive and equitable education, support, and resources.

Social Media and Teen Mental Health – A guide for parents and caregivers to support healthy social media use among teens.

We Are Grateful for Our Community Partners
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This web page was made possible by Grant Number 90AK0089-01-00 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Its contents are solely the responsibility of Amoskeag Health and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

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