Project Youth OC’s comprehensive sex education programs ¡Cuídate! and Youth Making Proud Choices! goal is to provide sexual health education to adolescents via effective, evidence-based program models, Making Proud Choices (MPC). This includes instruction on abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
¡Cuídate! which means “take care of yourself,” is a culturally-based, group-level intervention program. Currently being funded by the California Department of Public Health under their CA Personal Responsibility Education Program (CAPREP).
Youth Making Proud Choices is a culturally-based, group-level intervention program but with an emphasis on substance abuse prevention. Currently being funded by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA).
Both ¡Cuídate! and Youth Making Proud Choices provide STI/HIV/AIDS knowledge, condom negotiation, refusal of sex, and correct condom use skills are taught through interactive games, group discussion, role-plays, video, music, and mini-lectures. Both programs are free and program delivery can be held during school hours, after school or evening hours.
Why We Offer This Program
Latino youth are disproportionately represented in Orange County’s social service, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems and are particularly vulnerable to STI’s and teen pregnancy.
Overall, Orange County has one of the lower teen birth rates of 9.9 in California. Despite this, the high teen birthrate among Latinas ages 15-19 in Santa Ana far exceeds all other high-risk cities in the county (CDPH, 2017)
Over the past ten years, the STI rate among youth has increased drastically in Orange County. Syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia cases are at the highest levels in 30 years and continue to increase:
- At 13.8 per 100,000, Orange County’s 2018 primary and secondary syphilis rate is almost six times higher than it was in 2010.
- At 120.7 per 100,000 Orange County’s 2018 gonorrhea incidence rate is more than three time higher than it was in 2010.
- Teen birth rates in Santa Ana, La Habra, Anaheim, and Buena Park are higher than the state average.
Contact Natalie Sanchez for more information with Youth Making Proud Choices! program.
Contact Frances Torres for more information with the ¡Cuídate! program
- At-risk youth ages 12-18 living or attending a school in Santa Ana OR
- Youth attending a continuation/alternative schools in Orange County OR
- Youth involved in the criminal justice and/or foster care system