Purpose for the Program
Teen Straight Talk is a community-based program supported by more than 60 organizations, businesses, and individuals. It is designed to be an icebreaker and open up a line of communication between parents, grandparents, and foster parents and their teens, tweens, and preteens (ages 10 to 18 years). This free program is divided into two major parts. The first part allows for open discussions on topics that involve high rates of teen problems, such as peer pressure, depression, eating disorders, suicides, body image problems, and bullying. The second part presents the “Big Decision,” which is a comprehensive sex education program that educates with pictures, diagrams, and dialogue and provides resource materials for adults and adolescents on topics, including male and female anatomy, sexually transmitted diseases, teen pregnancy, abstinence, sexual responsibility and consequences, contraceptives and protection, community resources, and question and answer time.
To open up a line of communication between parents, grandparents, and foster parents and their teens, tweens, and preteens.
Implementation, Outcomes, and Evaluation
Teen Straight Talk provides education three times per year to the community on important yet sensitive topics and offers education to smaller groups on request. This program has educated more than 2,200 adults and adolescents and also is involved in research.
Implications for Nursing Practice
The goal of this program is to help decrease the high rate of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in this community through education. All the educators are health care professionals, including nursing faculty, nurse practitioners, and nursing students.