Clayton Can Soar to the Top
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.
October is 'Let's Talk Month'
Helping your child grow into a safe, healthy, and responsible adult is an important goal. And though the job may sometimes seem daunting and the conversations challenging, teens say their parents influence their decisions about sex more than any other source, including the media and their friends.
With this in mind, take the opportunity to utilize "Let's Talk Month" (the month of October) to get the conversation started and develop a plan to help your children navigate a path to a healthy life where they can make healthy and responsible decisions about sex. Sexuality education is a process, never just a one-time "talk." Parents/guardians and their children should have many conversations about sexual health that are age appropriate and timely. We want young people to make healthy choices about sex, and that means they have the right to open, honest, and age-appropriate information and to have a trusted adult with whom they can talk.
As a parent, you are there to prepare your children for the drastic physical, social, and emotional changes that go hand-in-hand with growing up. You are the front line in helping them to learn basic facts and understand your family values.
The resources below provide a wealth of helpful information on communicating with your children about their sexual health. Take the time to talk with your children…be an "askable" parent.