Clayton Can Soar to the Top
TOP® is an evidence-based program that promotes positive youth development and healthy life choices by engaging teens in curriculum-guided discussions and service learning throughout the school year. The program is designed to help teens acquire the skills needed for positive outcomes and successful transitions into adulthood. Funded by a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health, TOP® is implemented through the Clayton County Board of Health's (CCBOH) Clayton Can Soar to the Top (CCST) initiative.
The "Telling Our Story" video (below) "tells the story" of the
evolution of the CCST initiative, culminating in a series of
interviews with youth, CCST staff and community
Issues such as teen pregnancy, poor school performance, and lack of family and community connectedness can quickly derail the aspirations of youth and their families. In an effort to address these issues in our community, the Clayton County Board of Health (CCBOH) created Clayton Can Soar to the Top (CCST) - a $4.2 million initiative aimed at reducing negative outcomes and helping teens acquire the skills needed for positive outcomes and successful transitions into adulthood.
CCST's target population is youth ranging in age from 12 to 19 years old, living within Clayton County. The program focuses on youth at-risk of academic failure, suspension from school, and/or engaged in the juvenile court system, as well as youth from disadvantaged circumstances, i.e., poor, single-parent homes, and/or being reared by a person other than his/her biological mother or father. However, the program is made available to all youth living in the county.
Utilizing the Wyman Teen Outreach Program® (TOP) curriculum, CCST engages youth in activities aimed at improving communication, self worth, accountability, personal and social awareness, and noncognitive abilities (or life skills). TOP® is one of the most successful, cost-effective, and nationally recognized, highly respected programs for teens.
To learn more about CCST and how you can help teens aquire the skills needed for postive outcomes and successful transitions into adulthood, see our Program Overview or call (678) 479-2220.
Teen Maze 2014: Choose Your Path "Your Life. Your Decision."
Charles Drew High School, 6237 Garden Walk Blvd., Riverdale, GA 30274
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Teenagers face tough decisions that can sometimes be life-altering. The Clayton County Teen Maze is a life-sized, interactive "game board" that allows youth to experience the potential implications of positive and negative choices. Youth will advance by chance to various stations and experience the consequences of poor decisions such as early/unsafe sex, drug and alcohol use, and texting and driving. We are currently seeking support from various community partners in order to develop and implement a powerful and worthwhile experience for all participants. You can support this event by providing any of the following:
Registration is required. The pre-registration period is June 16 to Aug. 8, 2014. Walk-in registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information about this event, contact Rolanda Patrick at (678) 479-2207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Responding to Teen Births and Pregnancy in Clayton County
Addressing teen pregnancy and breaking the cycle of poverty associated with it requires community collaboration and approaches that address the whole teen, not just the problem. That is why CCBOH is so passionate about Clayton Can Soar to the Top (CCST) and the interventions provided by Wyman's Teen Outreach Program® (TOP). Please read our comprehensive report detailing the current progress of the CCST program.