About Wyman’s Proven Teen Outreach Program® (TOP®)

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.

TOP enables adults to harness and enable the spirit of the most vulnerable teens and change the way systems approach traditional development – from educational and adolescent health settings, to juvenile justice and foster care.

TOP also has the power to influence community-level change, thanks in part to TOP’s unique focus on reconnecting teens to their communities through transformational community service learning opportunities. More than 63 partners and 300 providers use the adaptable program nationwide in urban and rural environments, and within populations that are immigrant-based or Native American.

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Outcomes And Results

TOP helps teens discover their strengths.

TOP gives teens the tools and techniques they need to become economically self-sufficient, leaders in their communities and, ultimately, break the cycle of poverty.

  • TOP dramatically lowers teen pregnancy and high school dropout rates while improving student performance.
  • TOP transforms communities and schools by unlocking and unleashing teen leadership potential

By the numbers:

  • Dropouts are more than eight times as likely to be in jail or prison.
  • Teen parents are more likely to drop out of school and live in poverty.
  • Children of teen parents are more likely to grow up poor, experience abuse and neglect, drop out of school and become teen moms themselves.
  • Teen childbearing in the U.S. costs taxpayers at least $9.4 billion annually. This includes costs for health care, foster care, increased incarceration rates and lost tax revenue.
  • The country would save approximately $17 billion in health care costs over the lifetimes of each class of dropouts had they earned their diplomas.
  • There are approximately 1.2 million high school dropouts in the U.S. each year.

How Do We Serve

Provide: Wyman delivers proven programs that empower teens with the skills they need to make healthy decisions, and in turn, become productive and engaged adults.

Replicate: Wyman’s National Network supports partner organizations in affordably replicating programs to build capacity, and support as many teens as possible.

Advocate: Wyman advocates to improve systems and policies so communities have greater resources to support teens.

How TOP Works

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Partners

TOP is one of the most successful, cost-effective and highly respected programs for teens nationally. Certified Replication Partners join our National Network, a powerful group of professionals awakening system-level change. Contact us now to learn how to become a partner, or, learn more about TOP or read up on current grant offerings.

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