Sasha Bruce

Teen Outreach Program (TOP)

Since 2011 SBY has been implementing the Teen Outreach Program in Wards 7 & 8 at Ballou High School, Maya Angelou Public Charter School and Johnson Middle School, and serves 500 8th-12th graders throughout the school year.  The TOP team creates a safe space and utilizes the Changing Scenes curriculum to encourage youth to openly share and discuss their thoughts, feelings, experiences, and beliefs on themes we introduce such as Values, Development, Relationships, Sexuality, Communications/Assertiveness, Goal Setting, and Preparing for Service.  The Teen Outreach Program (TOP) is a uniquely effective youth development program because of the community service component. Community service project(s) are a meaningful application of the discussions held within the TOP sessions. Through positive adult guidance, community service, and weekly group meetings based on the TOP curriculum, TOP assists youth in achieving life skills, healthy behaviors, and aides in their understanding of their sense of purpose through our discussions on how to improve their quality of life. The TOP model services have demonstrated efficacy in reducing teen pregnancy risks while increasing civic engagement and improving students’ academic outcomes.