Skip Navigation
COUNTY LIST Go

On the OurTown4Teens.org website, parents, school administrators, healthcare practitioners, youth services providers, concerned citizens, and more can find all the resources needed to connect with other organizations and develop an approach to reducing teen pregnancy that fits their community’s needs.

 
To view videos with closed captioning, please visit our Multimedia section. Adobe Flash Player is required to view the videos: click here to download.

Featured Content | You Are Part of the Solution

Sexual Health Curricula and Training for Texas School Districts

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is offering sexual health curricula and training for school districts through a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) opportunity with the Abstinence Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.

 This opportunity allows for school districts across the state of Texas to receive curricula, student workbooks and training in evidence based abstinence education, at no cost.

 The DSHS Abstinence Program has identified five curricula under the Memorandum of Understanding opportunity, of which school districts can select from. 

The curricula include:

  • Promoting Health Among Teens-Abstinence Version
  • Teen Outreach Program (TOP)
  • Making a Difference-Abstinence Version
  • Draw the Line
  • Heritage Keepers

For more information on the MOU process or for questions, please contact Melanie Jamison at Melanie.jamison@dshs.state.tx.us..

LATEST EVENTS
LATEST Research
  • YRBS Report 2013
    This report summarizes results for 104 health-risk behaviors plus obesity, overweight, and asthma from the 2013 national YRBS and overall trends in health-risk behaviors during 1991–2013.
  • Paternal Influences on Adolescent Sexual Risk Behaviors: A Structured Litrature Review
    The objective of this study was to conduct a structured review to assess the role of paternal influence on adolescent sexual behavior and to assess the methodological quality of the paternal influence literature related to adolescent sexual behavior.
  • Introduction to Human Trafficking
    Human trafficking destroys a person’s dignity and strips away an individual’s humanity. Human traffickers hold men, women, and children against their will and, through force, fraud or coercion, make them work – many times in the sex industry – for little or no income. Severe and constant abuse – in some cases leading to death – and brain washing are used to destroy the captive’s self-worth and erode the value of human life.
  • Adolescent Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention in a Community Setting: Perspectives of Young Adults and Professionals
    This study examines the perspectives of two groups (young adults who experienced Adolescent Dating Violence as teens and professionals who work with teens) on ADV prevention/intervention in a community context.
  • The Protective Effect of Family Strengths in Childhood against Adolescent Pregnancy and Its Long-Term Psychosocial Consequences
    This article examines relationships among a number of childhood family strengths and adolescent pregnancy, risk behavior, and psychosocial consequences after adolescent pregnancy.
  • What Does It Take to Implement Evidence-Based Practices?
    This document describes successes and challenges of implementing Evidence-Based Programs and maintaining fidelity
  • Reported STDs in the United States
    This CDC fact sheet provides information on 2012 National STD data
  • How Brain Science is Changing Juvenile Justice Sentencing
    This article looks at how the adolescent brain causes teenagers to minimize negative effects and over inflate the positive aspects of choices that appeal to their thrill-seeking sides
  • Births: Final Data for 2012
    This report presents detailed data on numbers and characteristics of births in 2012, birth and fertility rates, maternal demographic and health characteristics, place and attendant at birth, and infant health characteristics.
  • Sports Aggression May 'Spillover' in Teen Relationships
    Teenage boys who played football, basketball or both were about twice as likely as other boys to have recently abused their girlfriends in a new study from California. Researchers say the "hypermasculine" attitudes encouraged in some sports may foster aggression off the field, but the locker room can also be a place to teach boys about healthy relationships and avoiding violence.
  MULTIMEDIA