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Teens in Detroit face many daunting challenges that, if unmitigated, will threaten their ability to live full, productive lives and to become functioning, contributing members of their communities. Poverty, failing schools, a city in financial disarray, violence, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, unemployment, and fractured families are, sadly, all part of everyday life for Detroit Teens.   

 

 In 2018, more than half of all the children in Detroit live in poverty. Detroit, with 57.3 percent of its youngest citizens living in poverty, leads the nation, according to researchers at the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP).  

 

■ Each year, approximately 1,600 Detroit teens between the ages of 15-19 years old become pregnant – 2.5 times the statewide rate. Youth in Detroit are highly affected by teen pregnancy due to lack of awareness and access to reproductive health services. 

 

■ In Detroit, 18.5 percent of young men are not in work and not in school—the second highest rate in the country—a smaller proportion of young women,16.4 percent, are similarly “disconnected.”   

 

Within the school domain, movement, closure and under achievement have been the norms for the last decade. While more Detroit seniors are graduating than in recent years, they are often under-prepared for a productive next step. 

 

Youth can become economic liabilities or opportunities. That’s where teen HYPE comes in. Teen HYPE is changing the outcomes for youth by getting them ready for the world. What does it mean for young people to be “ready” for life’s demands at every stage? Simply put, when kids are ready they become self-sustaining adults that positively contribute to their community. 

 

Risk behaviors with 

Detroit High School Youth

  

% of students who’ve ever had intercourse: 

-US: 41.2%, Detroit: 50.7% 

 

% of students who’ve had intercourse before age 13:

-US: 3.9%, Detroit: 9.1% 

 

% of students who did not use any method to prevent pregnancy during last intercourse:

-US: 13.8%, Detroit 18.1%   

 

% of students who used marijuana in the 30 days before survey:

-US: 21.7%, Detroit: 27.4% 

 

 

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Behavioral Risk Factor Survey 2017  

Percent of Detroit Middle School Students reporting Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES)

   

■ Parent separated/divorced: 54%  

■ Psychological Neglect by family: 43%  

■ Household member went to prison: 41%  

■ Mentally abused or threats of physical abuse: 36%  

■ Actual physical abuse by adult in household: 31%  

■ Physical abuse of mother or step-mother: 23%  

■ Drug use disorder in house: 18%  

■ Physical neglect: 17%  

■ Depression, mental illness, or attempted suicide: 17%  

■ Sexual abuse by older person: 15%

 

Source: Teen HYPE 2017 survey of 238 middle school students  


EXPLORE WHAT WE DO

Teen HYPE fosters resilience in youth by identifying caring adults and fostering hope through life visioning. We infuse trauma-informed principles at every level of our services. Since 2004, we have reached nearly 40,000 youth in classrooms, performances and after school programming. 

 

Each year we recruit 50-60 Detroit area youth each year into our Leadership Development (Peer Education) program where we have a 100% High School Graduation rate and no Teen Pregnancies. Annually, each student receives about 300 hours of academic, development, sexual health, arts, and life skills training. More than 600 teenagers have served as Peer Educators since we started. They have reached 28,000 youths through their annual educational theatrical productions. 

 

In our School-Based Health Education program during the past school year alone:  

■ We provided substance abuse prevention programming for 300 Detroit high school students with funding by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, , and 87% of those young people completed the 12-session course.    

■ With funding from the Family and Youth Services Bureau of the US Department of Health and Human Services, we reached 676 youth from nine middle schools with youth development interventions, and 91% of these students completed the required sessions. 

 

Our most utilized curriculum, Loving our Lives, has shown particular effectiveness:  

90% of program completers say that they now feel comfortable talking to their partner about contraception 

96% say they would use contraception if they were having sex 

97% of youth said that the program was helpful in connecting them to resources 

85% reported having gained communication and negotiation skills to avoid risky situations 

85% indicate their intention to abstain from sexual intercourse or consistently use contraception to prevent pregnancy and STI’s / HIV 

75% indicate that they are more likely to abstain than they were prior to programming 

59% says that they are more comfortable, after the program, in talking to their parents about contraceptives.

Programs

  •     FOCUS ON THE FUTURE  
  •     KEEPIN’ IT REAL   
  •     LOVING OUR LIVES    
  •     (ARTAS)  
  •     (EYT)
    FOCUS ON THE FUTURE  

FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

 

Our abstinence based sexual education program, sponsored by the federal Sexual Risk Avoidance Education grant, called Focus on the Future, primarily implements the evidence-based AIM (Adult Identity Mentoring) curriculum. Through focusing on young people’s strengths and assets, this curriculum asks youth to imagine their ideas of success, map out what it takes to achieve that success, and have the confidence and  ability to identify resources to actually do it. We’ve served thousands of middle and high School students across Southeastern Michigan with the program since it was launched in 2004. In the 2017-2018 program year, more than 800 young people received skills on articulating their assets, career exploration exposure, dealing with peer pressure, and what to expect/ how to respond to puberty. Along with challenging students to focus on their assets, we also ask them to reflect on the ways risky behavior can deter them from their goals. We augment this initiative with field trips and classroom projects. To bring the AIM curriculum to your students, please fill out a  Program Implementation Form. 

    KEEPIN’ IT REAL   

KEEPIN’ IT REAL

 

keepin’ It Real is a substance abuse prevention program funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and offered to 7th-9th graders. First provided in 2016, this evidence-based, risk avoidance program teaches skills to equip young people to be confident in their choices and effectively communicate their decisions. Over the course of eight sessions, young people are asked to reflect on their experiences and values to help inform a relevant learning experience. If you would like to bring keepin’ It Real to your classroom, please complete a  Program Implementation Form.

    LOVING OUR LIVES    

LOVING OUR LIVES

 

Loving Our Lives or LOL, is a risk reduction, comprehensive sexual health education program funded by the State of Michigan that Teen HYPE has offered to high school students in the Detroit area since 2011. In the 2017-2018 school year, 400 young people were offered the ten session Safer Choices curriculum that employs engaging and interactive learning on topics such as risks associated with sexual activity, tools to effectively communicate, and proper methods of protection from STDs/STIs and pregnancy. This program serves as an intermediate level sexual education class. If you would like to bring LOL to your classroom, please complete a  Program Implementation Form. 

 

Our most utilized curriculum, Loving our Lives, has shown particular effectiveness:  

90% of program completers say that they now feel comfortable talking to their partner about contraception 

96% say they would use contraception if they were having sex 

97% of youth said that the program was helpful in connecting them to resources 

85% reported having gained communication and negotiation skills to avoid risky situations 

85% indicate their intention to abstain from sexual intercourse or consistently use contraception to prevent pregnancy and STI’s / HIV 

75% indicate that they are more likely to abstain than they were prior to programming 

59% says that they are more comfortable, after the program, in talking to their parents about contraceptives.   

    (ARTAS)  

ARTAS

(ANTI-RETROVIRAL TREATMENT & ACCESS TO SERVICES) 

Teen HYPE provides FREE, safe, and confidential HIV testing and counseling services to 13-26 year olds in the community through grant dollars provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). If you would like to schedule a free HIV test, please call (insert contact. Maybe Camille?). If you are looking for other sexual health care services or substance abuse rehabilitation services, feel free to check out our Resource Guide for trusted providers.

    (EYT)

EYT

(EMPOWERING YOUTH TODAY)

Funded by State of Michigan; uses PHAT curriculum in middle schools 

*In the State of Michigan, minors at the age of 13  have a right to sexual health care services and substance abuse services; their parent’s consent is NOT necessary.*


 

Teen HYPE Celebrates Youth. 

Confronts Barriers. 

Builds Bridges. 

In all, we have reached 7,000 Detroit middle and high school students with evidence-based adolescent health education. 

  

Since 2011, Teen HYPE has conducted Community-based HIV Counseling and Testing with funding from the Centers for Disease Control.  In 2017, we notified two young people they were living with HIV and linked them to supportive services. We are the only program in Detroit to reach African American male teenagers with such services.

 

Teen HYPE serves as a place that youth can come as they are. While they are with us, we mutually create strategies to confront whatever barriers they find in their lives. For some, they may be coming from unsafe home situations, or they may be struggling with a parent serving a long prison sentence. For others, they may be the first of their family to consider college, and may already be working jobs as high school students to help pay for utilities, rent, and future tuition. Others find that the school system does not actually provide them with tools to get ahead or supports to nurture their talents. At Teen HYPE, we meet them wherever they are at, drawing upon our supportive resources and partners to build bridges for our young people. 


QUESTIONS?

Please don’t hesitate to contact Mary E. Madigan, 

Director of Development for more information.

Phone: (313) 831-8336 Email: mary.madigan@teenhype.org  


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