Transforming Teens, Changing Communities

Transforming Teens, Changing Communities

Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program (TOP) empowers teens with the tools and opportunities needed to avoid risky behaviors – like teen pregnancy – and become leaders with a powerful vision for their future. In addition, TOP enables adults to harness and enable the spirit of the most vulnerable teens and influence community-level change, thanks in part to TOP’s unique focus on reconnecting teens to their communities through transformational community service learning opportunities.

Within, students, TOP facilitators and administrators discuss the life changing results they’ve witnessed as part of the TOP program.

Featured are: Estelle Raboni, TOP Program Director in the Bronx; Velva Dawson, Deputy Director, Central Jersey Family Health Consortium; Risa Clay, Principal, Red Bank Regional High School, N.J.; Jorge Benavides, TOP Jr. Facilitator, Red Bank Regional High School; Aisha Murray, TOP Program Manager in the Bronx; and Riana Katz, Red Bank Regional High School.

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Social-Emotional Learning, Why Now?

Social-Emotional Learning, Why Now?

Huffington Post
By Vicki Zakrzewski, Ph.D.
Education Director, Greater Good Science Center (GGSC)

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is spreading like wildfire — and not just in the United States. Countries such as the U.K., Singapore, and China are starting to implement SEL in their schools as well.

Why now? Why all of a sudden are schools all over the world taking notice of SEL?

Many reasons exist why a school might adopt SEL, all of which have been validated by research: to increase academic success and, somewhat ironically, to lower the stress-levels of students as they strive towards that success; to prevent negative behaviors such as drug use, violence, and bullying; to equip students with the “soft skills” they will need in today’s work environment; and to promote positive relationships and attitudes about school.

No one would disagree that these are all really great reasons for teaching students social and emotional skills.

Yet a closer examination of the science behind SEL reveals a story of human development that suggests an even deeper reason for implementing it — one that goes beyond teaching these skills solely to remedy our social ills or to enhance academic success. Rather, the science of SEL has the potential to alter how we view ourselves as human beings and hence, our purpose of education.

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Due February 1, 2015 – Letter of Intent to OAH

Due February 1, 2015 – Letter of Intent to OAH

According to the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), prospective applicants who are interested in applying for a teen pregnancy prevention grant are asked to submit a letter of intent as early as possible, but no later than Feb. 1, 2015.

Although a letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application, the information that it contains allows OAH to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review.

Wyman strongly encourages those applying with TOP to complete this step.

The letter of intent should include: A descriptive title of the proposed project; the name, address and telephone number for the designated authorized representative of the applicant organization; and, the FOA number and title of this announcement.

FOA Number:  AH-TP1-15-002
Title: Replicating Evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs to Scale in Communities with the Greatest Need (Tier 1B)

Letters of Intent should be directed to the program office at:
Attn: OAH TPP Tier 1B
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 240-453-2846
Email: tpptier1b@hhs.gov

FOA Number: AH-TP2-15-002
Title: Rigorous Evaluation of New or Innovative Approaches to Prevent Teen Pregnancy (Tier 2B)

Letters of Intent should be directed to the program office at:
Attn: OAH TPP Tier 2B
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 700
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 240-453-2846
Email: tpptier2b@hhs.gov

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